Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Day 31

Do my eyes deceive me or did I make it? I made it! 31 Days of Quotes. Sure, my readership is like a 1, but still, I made it! Hoorah!

"Many people were not seeking God. My  job was to stir a hunger in them to seek Him. . . . If people were not seeking God, I need to make them hungry for Him. If they were seeking Him, I needed to lead them fruther in that search. If they were well along in their search, I might have the privilege of leading them to surrender their life to Jesus."
--Joe Portale, Taking on Giants

31 Days of Quotes: Intro, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16, Day 17, Day 18, Day 19, Day 20, Day 21, Day 22, Day 23, Day 24, Day 25, Day 26, Day 27, Day 28, Day 29, Day 30, Day 31

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Day 30

"But there is also the question on a far lower level: 'granted the quarrel...did you fight fair?' Or did we not quite unknowingly falsify the whole issue?...Did we pretend to be 'hurt' in our sensitive and tender feelings (fine natures like ours are so vulnerable) when envy, ungratified vanity, or thwarted self-will was our real trouble?"
--C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms
An interesting quote, eh? Quite practical!
"Better is a dry morsel with quietness,
Than a house full of feasting with strife."
Proverbs 17:1
And a freebie:
”Hospitality is a personal response to your own need to connect with other people. This need is at the core of what it means to be human. Your entire humanity, your identity itself, is wrapped up in your need to connect. The real question is not how dangerous the stranger is. The real question is how dangerous will I become if I don’t learn to be more open.”

Monday, October 29, 2012

Day 29

"because it’s about embracing both the beauty and bedlam of every day life."

31 Days of Quotes: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16, Day 17, Day 18, Day 19, Day 20, Day 21, Day 22, Day 23, Day 24, Day 25, Day 26, Day 27, Day 28

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Day 28

"But in the conflict between God and man, only one party has been offended. God has been profoundly and acutely aggrieved by the other party; He Himself is fully innocent, entirely without fault or blame.

The other party (all of humanity) is undeniably, categorically, and completely guilty--yet this guilty party does not even care to be reconciled, but is locked in active hostility to the other party. In contrast, God is fully committed to resolution with the violators.

....In the mystery of His mercy, God--the innocent, offended party--offers up to death His own Son, to satisfy His righteous wrath and save the guilty party from it."
--C.J. Mahaney, Christ Our Mediator
"In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 4:10

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Day 27

Today I am quoting another's blog that I stumbled across last night/tonight (I'm posting at midnight) because it was a thought worth remembering:

"In Jewish tradition the day starts at sundown. The more I meditated on that, the more rest it brought to my soul. The day starts with me going to sleep. God keeps working. I wake up and join him. Proper perspective. He does his part. I do my part.

Although I have not practiced as intentional and consistent Sabbath time as those months, this symbolism has stayed with me. As the sun sets, I am mindful of the day beginning. I sleep, trusting His power and love. I wake up and respond to what He is already doing.

As evening comes I say this is enough. I could do more, have more, be more. But no. This is enough. And so my day begins with that attitude."

--Melanie at
Read the whole post here!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Of 31 days x 1200 bloggers

What fun! Stranded over here on this isle called LadyM's Ramblings, I decided to sail over to all the other islands and see how many of the 1200 31 Day-ers had actually kept true to the 31 day "commitment" this month. Well, I've only surveyed the first 5 listed over at Nester, but I can say this: all five have blogged consistently, and I've been really enjoying reading some of the posts that I didn't read the last 26 days.

But you really should check out #3: Like really, you should. ;) ;)

Where does the Lone Ranger take his garbage?

To the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump…

Day 26

I have never read the author/book that I'm about to quote. Instead, I found the quote at the front of a book my mom gave me years ago that I just now picked up. That book is called Women of Devotion through the Centuries by Cheryl Forbes, and thus far seems to be about women devotional writers, esp. Mrs. Charles E. Cowman and Mary Wilder Tileston. The former's devotionals have impacted me muchly--I have quoted her quotes several times this month. But anyway, back to today's quote (which is late coming, I know), I think it says something about the role of women, something I am not completely sure I can completely back, but something definitely worth considering, something along the lines of Elisabeth Elliot's "do the next thing:"

"We whistle while Rome burns, or we scrub the floor, depending. Don't dare presume there's shame in the lot of a woman who carries on. On the day a committee of men decided to murder the fledgling Congo, what do you suppose Mama Mwanza was doing? Was it different, the day after? Of course not. Was she a fool, then, or the backbone of history?" --Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
 31 Days of Quotes: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12, Day 13, Day 14, Day 15, Day 16, Day 17, Day 18, Day 19, Day 20, Day 21, Day 22, Day 23, Day 24, Day 25

One last, or maybe second to last, ra-ra for 31 dayers. Find all the 31 dayers at this link. It's been a long month methinks. :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Day 25

Ack! Can you believe October is almost over? And to think I didn't start to appreciate how near the end was til the last couple days.

At youth group last night, we watched a Mark Driscoll DVD (for Vintage Jesus) about Why Should We Worship Jesus, but more specifically, what do you worship? period. Not the happiest question I've asked myself lately. But this quote fits right in with that:

"God's law demanded, 'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might' (Deuteronomy 6:5). But we have all loved other things more. This is what sin is--dishonoring God by preferring other things over him, and acting on those preferences."
--John Piper, The Passion of Jesus Christ

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day 24

“I have learnt to love the darkness of sorrow; there you see the brightness of His face.”

--Madame Guyon

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Day 23

Suddenly, the month is almost over! I'm not sure how that happened! :)

The following quote sounds coarse to my ears. I am slightly embarassed to post it. But it is truth. And when a culture and people are set on inundating us with falsehood, it is only right to come back with the truth that addresses their claims. Besides, you have to love the poetic way Chesterton expresses himself. :)

"I could never mix in the common murmur of that rising generation against monogamy, because no restriction on sex seemed so odd and unexpected as sex itself.... Keeping to one woman is a small price for so much as seeing one woman.... It showed, not an exaggerated sensibility to sex, but a curious insensibility to it.... [I]t is like a man plucking five pears in mere absence of mind."  --G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, "The Ethics of Elfland"
"Let them be only your own,
And not for strangers with you."
--Proverbs 5:17

P.S. I'm back home where I can post at midnight. :)

Monday, October 22, 2012

Day 22

"The answer to prayer may be approaching, though we discern not its coming. The seed that lies under ground in winter is taking root in order to a spring and harvest, though it appears not above ground, but seems dead and lost."
--Bickersteth, quoted in Cowman's devotional

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Day 21

This is my favorite prayer from The Valley of Vision and served as my theme prayer a few years ago when I was struggling with what God's will was.

"O God Whose will conquers all,
There is no comfort in anything apart from enjoying thee
and being engaged in thy service;
Thou art All in all, and all enjoyments are what to me thou makest them, and no more.
I am well pleased with thy will, whatever it is,
or should be in all respects,
And if thou bidst me decide for myself in any affair,
I would choose to refer all to thee,
for thou art infinitely wise and cannot do amiss,
as I am in danger of doing.
I rejoice to think that all things are at thy disposal,
and it delights me to leave them there."
--"God the All," The Valley of Vision