From the books…

I have been participating in a study of Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s new book, Adorned:  Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together.  It has been such a blessing.  Here are a few quotes that made me think as we began the study.

“Not long ago, I was struck by the results of a survey I read. Nonbelieving older teens and young adults were asked if they had a personal friend or acquaintance who was a Christian. Of the roughly 85 percent who said they did, only 15 percent indicated they saw any lifestyle differences between their Christian and non-Christian friends. And it’s not only students and young adults who see it that way. This problem applies to both older and younger generations. It should not be this way. Believers should be noticeably different. True believers will be noticeably— beautifully— different. And sound doctrine is what makes it so.” ~pg. 37

“Sound doctrine tells us that we exist to bring glory to God and that every circumstance that comes into our lives can contribute to that end. If we could get just that one truth fixed in our hearts, we would never look at our circumstances the same way again.” ~pg. 38

“Sound doctrine tells us that even as believers we can expect to struggle with indwelling sin, fleshly appetites, and self-centeredness. It reminds us that if we are not abiding in Christ and allowing His Spirit to do His sanctifying work in us, we may be capable of producing religious work but not of bearing spiritual fruit.” ~pg. 39

“Don’t think you can dress up your life with better behavior or become the beautiful woman you’re hoping to grow into without grounding your life in biblical truth. If you’re not willing to start there and stay there, saturating yourself in Scripture and receiving sound teaching from mature believers, your pursuit of a godly, fruitful life will always be an exercise in frustration.” ~pg. 45

Wolgemuth, Nancy DeMoss (2017-02-07). Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together. Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

From the books…

“Abandon to God is of more value than personal holiness. Personal holiness focuses the eye on our own whiteness…fearful that we will offend Him. Perfect love casts out all that when once we are abandoned to God. We have to get rid of this notion– ‘Am I of any use? ‘ and make up our minds that we are not, and we may be near the truth. It is never a question of being of use but of being of value to God Himself. When we are abandoned to God, He works through us all the time.” ~Oswald Chambers on Mark 14:6

“If I were to ask you, ‘What does the fine linen the bride is wearing stand for?’ you might be inclined to say, ‘The righteousness of Christ that covers us.’ Significantly, however, the text says something different: ‘Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints’ (Revelation 19:8). It’s only because of the Bridegroom’s work that the chosen princess, the church, can enter the presence of her Lord. Yet her wedding dress is woven through her many acts of faithfulness while away from her Bridegroom on the fallen Earth. The picture is compelling. Each prayer, each gift, each hour of fasting, each kindness to the needy, all of these are the threads that have been woven together into this wedding dress. Her works have been empowered by the Spirit, and she has spent her life on Earth sewing her wedding dress for the day when she will be joined to her beloved Bridegroom.” ~Heaven by Randy Alcorn, pp. 199-200.

 

 

From the books…

asuke-2013-tim-1“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November,              wouldn’t it?”

~L.M. Montgomery.  Anne of Green Gables

“Every president, every congressman, every senator, every governor, every foreign prime minister, every tyrant, and every terrorist is under the government of God. Witness in the Bible how God used men such as Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Belteshazzar, Cyrus, Artexerxes, and Herod to accomplish His plans. These men thought they were working out their own plans. God was using their plans to do His will in the earth.”

Berg, Jim (2011-10-09). God is More than Enough (Kindle Locations 1811-1814). BJU Press/JourneyForth. Kindle Edition.

“Remember that discouragement doesn’t mean failure. Discouragement is a sign that you need to spend more time with your heavenly Father so He can encourage you.”

Omartian, Stormie (2014-02-01). The Power of Praying® for Your Adult Children (p. 19). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

“If you could know  — if you could always know  — when the lasts in life are coming, you’d handle them differently. You’d savor. You’d stop. You’d let nothing else invade the moment.”

Wingate, Lisa (2015-09-08). The Sea Keeper’s Daughters (A Carolina Chronicles) (p. 29). Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Blessed

“I believe that spoken (and sung) worship and thanks-giving can be instrumental in overcoming the lies and schemes of the Enemy. In my own life, doubt, fear, confusion, and anxiety have often been displaced and my spirit supernaturally lifted and strengthened as I have spoken words of gratitude and praise.” ~pg. 100

“I love knowing that He cares and provides for me, not just air to breathe and food to eat, but countless extras that simply flow from His generous heart.” ~pg. 112

“People who draw a blank when asked what they’re grateful for–after running through the fairly automatic litany of faith and family and food and health–can never be those who draw nearest to God,” ~pg. 113

“I think that health is the greatest blessing that God ever sends us, except sickness, which is far better. I would give anything to be perfectly healthy; but if I had to go over my time again, I could not get on without those sick beds and those bitter pains, and those weary, sleepless nights. Oh, the blessedness that comes to us through smarting, if we are ministers and helpers of others.” ~pg. 127

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh (2009-08-04). Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy. Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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Give Thanks

ChoosingGratitude“Thanks-giving ushers us into the very presence of God!” ~pg. 64

“In every situation …prayer + thanksgiving = peace.” ~pg. 66

“The grateful heart that springs forth in joy is not acquired in a moment; it is the fruit of a thousand choices. It is a godly habit and pattern that over time becomes a new muscle in our spiritual makeup. And though like every other sanctified character trait, it does nothing to make us more loved and accepted by God, gratitude does become a reliable measure for where our hearts are with Him. Look for it, listen for it–and you’ll learn a lot about how you’re growing–or deficient–in grace.” ~pg. 68-69

“’Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’ When faced with perplexing circumstances, when you don’t know what to do or which way to go, be grateful–and you’ll find yourself right in the middle of His will.” ~pg. 70

“Grateful people are loving people who seek to bless others, while ungrateful people are bent on gratifying themselves. They tend to focus on ‘my needs,’ ‘my hurts,’ ‘my feelings,’ ‘my desires,’ ‘how I have been treated, neglected, failed, or wounded.’ An unthankful person is full of himself, seldom pausing to consider the needs and feelings of others.” ~pg. 84

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh (2009-08-04). Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy. Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Ingratitude

“And yet how often do we neglect to return thanks for a kindness done, a duty performed, or a step saved-while being oblivious to our ingratitude? Gradually, subtly, we become desensitized, as layers of entitlement and resentment wrap themselves around our hearts, until thankfulness is all but gone from our lives and lips.”  ~pg. 50

“Unrealistic expectations. We can start to expect a lot–from life, from work, from others in general–until no matter what we’re receiving in terms of blessing, it’s never as much as we were hoping for.” ~pg. 53

“When we take simple blessings for granted as if they were owed to us, or conversely, when we start to think that our house, our car, our wardrobe, or our general station in life is beneath what we deserve, ingratitude finds all the oxygen it needs to thrive.” ~pg. 55

“Any time our focus is on ourselves–even if it’s on the good things we’re doing–it keeps us from being grateful for what others are contributing. We lose our appreciation for our spouse, children, friends, and coworkers when we constantly view them through our own shadow.” ~pg. 56

“…so powerful is the influence exerted by ingratitude, that when we displace it with gratitude, we will likely find a multitude of other sins dislodged from our lives. Notice how Paul instructed the Ephesians: “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving” (Ephesians 5:4).” ~pg. 56-57

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh (2009-08-04). Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy. Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.ChoosingGratitude

Christian Gratitude

ChoosingGratitude“To send up a ‘thank you’ in heaven’s general direction at the sudden appearance of a good parking spot, the dismissal of a speeding ticket, or a phone call from the doctor’s office that tells you all your tests came back negative is not distinctively Christian gratitude. This kind of me-first thankfulness is the sort that only kicks in when things are going well and when positive blessings are flowing in our direction. It’s little more than an automatic reflex, like saying ‘Excuse me’ after accidentally bumping into someone, or ‘You too’ after being encouraged by a salesclerk to have a nice day. Christian gratitude, on the other hand, involves:

recognizing the many benefits we’ve received from God and others (including those blessings that may come disguised as problems and difficulties),

acknowledging God as the ultimate Giver of every good gift, and

expressing appreciation to Him (and others) for those gifts.”

DeMoss, Nancy Leigh (2009-08-04). Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy (p. 36). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.