Thursday, December 17, 2015

Quotes from the Cloud #50

This year, I hope share weekly posts of quotes. These quotes are from authors I'm reading and enjoying from the Clouds of Witnesses Reading Challenge

For fellow participants, what I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see is for people to share quotes from what they're reading. I'd love for you to share quotes occasionally with your readers and let me know about it. If you don't have a blog, you could always leave quotes in the comments here.
If the only thing you have to offer is a broken heart, you offer a broken heart. So in a time of grief, the recognition that this is material for sacrifice has been a very great strength for me. Realizing that nothing I have, nothing I am will be refused on the part of Christ, I simply give it to him as the little boy gave Jesus his five loaves and two fishes—with the same feeling of the disciples when they said, “What is the good of that for such a crowd?” Naturally in almost anything I offer to Christ, my reaction would be, “What is the good of that?” The point is, the use he makes of it is none of my business; it is his business, it is his blessing. So this grief, this loss, this suffering, this pain—whatever it is, which at the moment is God’s means of testing my faith and bringing me to the recognition of who he is—that is the thing I can offer. ~ Elisabeth Elliot
Should it be ours to drain the cup of grieving Even to the dregs of pain, at thy command, We will not falter, thankfully receiving All that is given by thy loving hand. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
It is not our littleness that hinders Christ; but our bigness. It is not our weakness that hinders Christ; it is our strength. It is not our darkness that hinders Christ; it is our supposed light that holds back his hand. ~ Charles Spurgeon
Martin Luther was a man who was subject to deep, dark depressions, sometimes for several days. Once he was in one of his depressions, and poor Mrs. Luther had just about had it with Martin. She went in, put on her funeral garb, and stood before him. When he lifted up his head, seeing his wife dressed in black, he asked, “What has happened?” She said, “The way you are acting you would think God is dead!” He got the point.
“When God wants to use a man, he takes him and crushes him.” ~ Alan Redpath
These words, “Serve one another humbly in love,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself,” are eternal words. No one can think about, urge, and practice them enough. ~ Martin Luther, October 20

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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