Daily Strength for Daily Needs

What doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul?

~ Deut 10:12

What asks our Father of His children save  
Justice and mercy and humility,  
A reasonable service of good deeds,  
Pure living, tenderness to human needs,  
Reverence, and trust, and prayer for light to see  
The Master’s footprints in our daily ways?  
No knotted scourge, nor sacrificial knife,  
But the calm beauty of an ordered life  
Whose every breathing is unworded praise.  
~ J. G. WHITTIER

Give up yourself to God without reserve; in singleness of heart meeting everything that every day brings forth, as something that comes from God, and is to be received and gone through by you, in such an heavenly use of it, as you would suppose the holy Jesus would have done in such occurrences. This is an attainable degree of perfection.  
~ WM. LAW

We ought to measure our actual lot, and to fulfil it; to be with all our strength that which our lot requires and allows. What is beyond it, is no calling of ours. How much peace, quiet, confidence, and strength, would people attain, if they would go by this plain rule.  
~ H. E. MANNING

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.

~ 1 John 4:12

And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us.

~  1 John 3:24

Abide in me; o’ershadow by Thy love  
Each half-formed purpose and dark thought of sin;  
Quench, ere it rise, each selfish, low desire,  
And keep my soul as Thine, calm and divine.  
~ H. B. STOWE

The Spirit of Love must work the works, and speak the tones, of Love. It cannot exist and give no sign, or a false sign. It cannot be a spirit of Love, and mantle into irritable and selfish impatience. It cannot be a spirit of Love, and at the same time make self the prominent object. It cannot rejoice to lend itself to the happiness of others, and at the same time be seeking its own. It cannot be generous, and envious. It cannot be sympathizing, and unseemly; self-forgetful, and vain-glorious. It cannot delight in the rectitude and purity of other hearts, as the spiritual elements of their peace, and yet unnecessarily suspect them.

~ J. H. THOM

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Serve Him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind.

~ 1 Chr 28:9

And if some things I do not ask,  
In my cup of blessing be,  
I would have my spirit filled the more  
With grateful love to Thee,  
More careful, not to serve Thee much,  
But to please Thee perfectly.  

~ A. L. WARING

Little things come daily, hourly, within our reach, and they are not less calculated to set forward our growth in holiness, than are the greater occasions which occur but rarely. Moreover, fidelity in trifles, and an earnest seeking to please God in little matters, is a test of real devotion and love. Let your aim be to please our dear Lord perfectly in little things, and to attain a spirit of childlike simplicity and dependence. In proportion as self-love and self-confidence are weakened, and our will bowed to that of God, so will hindrances disappear, the internal troubles and contests which harassed the soul vanish, and it will be filled with peace and tranquillity.  

~ JEAN NICOLAS GROU

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

I have finished the work which Thou gavest me to do.

~ John 17:4

She hath done what she could.

~ Mark 14:8

He who God’s will has borne and done,  
And his own restless longings stilled,  
What else he does, or has foregone,  
His mission he has well fulfilled.  
~ FROM THE GERMAN

Cheered by the presence of God, I will do at each moment, without anxiety, according to the strength which He shall give me, the work that His Providence assigns me. I will leave the rest without concern; it is not my affair. I ought to consider the duty to which I am called each day, as the work that God has given me to do, and to apply myself to it in a manner worthy of His glory, that is to say, with exactness and in peace. I must neglect nothing; I must be violent about nothing.  
~ FRANÇOIS DE LA MOTHE FÉNELON

It is thy duty oftentimes to do what thou wouldst not; thy duty, too, to leave undone what thou wouldst do.  
~ THOMAS À KEMPIS

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

~ Ps 105:3

The joy of the Lord is your strength.

~ Neh 8:10

Be Thou my Sun, my selfishness destroy,  
Thy atmosphere of Love be all my joy;  
Thy Presence be my sunshine ever bright,  
My soul the little mote that lives but in Thy light.  
~ GERHARD TERSTEEGEN

I do not know when I have had happier times in my soul, than when I have been sitting at work, with nothing before me but a candle and a white cloth, and hearing no sound but that of my own breath, with God in my soul and heaven in my eye… I rejoice in being exactly what I am,—a creature capable of loving God, and who, as long as God lives, must be happy. I get up and look for a while out of the window, and gaze at the moon and stars, the work of an Almighty hand. I think of the grandeur of the universe, and then sit down, and think myself one of the happiest beings in it.

~ A POOR METHODIST WOMAN, 18TH CENTURY

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Thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.

~ 2 Sam 15:15

I love to think that God appoints  
My portion day by day;  
Events of life are in His hand,  
And I would only say,  
Appoint them in Thine own good time,  
And in Thine own best way.  
~ A. L. WARING

If we are really, and always, and equally ready to do whatsoever the King appoints, all the trials and vexations arising from any change in His appointments, great or small, simply do not exist. If He appoints me to work there, shall I lament that I am not to work here? If He appoints me to wait in-doors to-day, am I to be annoyed because I am not to work out-of-doors? If I meant to write His messages this morning, shall I grumble because He sends interrupting visitors, rich or poor, to whom I am to speak them, or “show kindness” for His sake, or at least obey His command, “Be courteous?” If all my members are really at His disposal, why should I be put out if to-day’s appointment is some simple work for my hands or errands for my feet, instead of some seemingly more important doing of head or tongue?  
~ F. R. HAVERGAL

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Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

~ Phil 3:13-14

Yet I argue not  
Against Heaven’s hand or will, nor bate a jot  
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer  
Right onward.  

~  J. MILTON

It is not by regretting what is irreparable that true work is to be done, but by making the best of what we are. It is not by complaining that we have not the right tools, but by using well the tools we have. What we are, and where we are, is God’s providential arrangement,—God’s doing, though it may be man’s misdoing; and the manly and the wise way is to look your disadvantages in the face, and see what can be made out of them. Life, like war, is a series of mistakes, and he is not the best Christian nor the best general who makes the fewest false steps. He is the best who wins the most splendid victories by the retrieval of mistakes. Forget mistakes; organize victory out of mistakes.  
~ F. W. ROBERTSON

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I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

~ John 9:4

Wherefore have ye not fulfilled your task?

~ Exod 5:14

He who intermits  
The appointed task and duties of the day  
Untunes full oft the pleasures of the day;  
Checking the finer spirits that refuse  
To flow, when purposes are lightly changed.  
~ W. WORDSWORTH

By putting off things beyond their proper times, one duty treads upon the heels of another, and all duties are felt as irksome obligations,—a yoke beneath which we fret and lose our peace. In most cases the consequence of this is, that we have no time to do the work as it ought to be done. It is therefore done precipitately, with eagerness, with a greater desire simply to get it done, than to do it well, and with very little thought of God throughout.  
~ F. W. FABER

Sufficient for each day is the good thereof, equally as the evil. We must do at once, and with our might, the merciful deed that our hand findeth to do,—else it will never be done, for the hand will find other tasks, and the arrears fall through. And every unconsummated good feeling, every unfulfilled purpose that His spirit has prompted, shall one day charge us as faithless and recreant before God.  
~ J. H. THOM

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Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God.

~  Heb 10:9

Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God.

~ Ps 143:10

Lo! I come with joy to do  
The Father’s blessed will;  
Him in outward works pursue,  
And serve His pleasure still.  
Faithful to my Lord’s commands,  
I still would choose the better part;  
Serve with careful Martha’s hands,  
And loving Mary’s heart.  
~ C. WESLEY

A soul cannot be regarded as truly subdued and consecrated in its will, and as having passed into union with the Divine will, until it has a disposition to do promptly and faithfully all that God requires, as well as to endure patiently and thankfully all that He imposes.  
~ T. C. UPHAM

When we have learned to offer up every duty connected with our situation in life as a sacrifice to God, a settled employment becomes just a settled habit of prayer.  
~ THOMAS ERSKINE

“Do the duty which lies nearest thee,” which thou knowest to be a duty. Thy second duty will already have become clearer.  
~ T. CARLYLE

Daily Strength for Daily Needs

And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord.

~ Num 11:1

When thou hast thanked thy God  
For every blessing sent,  
What time will then remain  
For murmurs or lament?  
R. C. TRENCH

Let him, with a cheerful and thankful spirit, yield himself up to suffer whatever God shall appoint unto him, and to fulfil, according to his power, by the grace of God, all His holy will to the utmost that he can discern it, and never complain of his distresses but to God alone, with entire and humble resignation, praying that he may be strong to endure all his sufferings according to the will of God.  
~ JOHN TAULER

He who complains, or thinks he has a right to complain, because he is called in God’s Providence to suffer, has something within him which needs to be taken away. A soul whose will is lost in God’s will, can never do this. Sorrow may exist; but complaint never.  
~ CATHERINE ADORNA