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Kindly

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My Savior, wilt Thou teach me the power of the smallest ministries? May I not despise the things that are least! May I pay heed to all the courtesies of life! Help me to be kindly in speech, and tender and graceful in behavior. —J.H. Jowett

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:3-5, NIV)

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. —Henry James

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? (Romans 2:4, NLT)

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30, NIV)


Bread

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O Lord my God, I pray that I may not toil for naught. Let me not pile up money and starve my soul. Let me not seek after pleasures which provide no enduring joy. Let me so live toward Thee as to find the sacramental bread in every common thing. — J.H. Jowett

Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. (Isaiah 55:2, NIV)

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. — Annie Dillard

Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35, NIV)


Light

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A single eye correctly filters the light. An unhealthy eye creates an unreal world. —Calvin Miller

Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you. (Luke 11:34-36, NIV)

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. (Proverbs 4:25, NIV)

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV)

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
(Irish Hymn, trans. Mary Byrne)


Fountain

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My Father, all my springs are in Thee. It is when I forget the fountain that my soul becomes hard and dry. Keep me in remembrance of the springs. May I drink unceasingly of the river of water of life! I pray Thee give me to drink! —J.H. Jowett

All my springs are in you! (Psalm 87:7, MSG)

There is a fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel's veins
And sinners plunged beneath that flood; lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains; lose all their guilty stains
And sinners plunged beneath that flood; lose all their guilty stains.
—William Cowper

As we bring every part of our natural bodily life into harmony with the new life God has placed within us, He will exhibit in us the virtues that were characteristic of the Lord Jesus. And every virtue we possess is His alone. — Oswald Chambers

Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit. (John 7:37-38, NIV)


Trinkets

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Give me chastity and continency, only not yet. —Augustine

Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears. (Hebrews 12:16-17, MSG)

The trinkets of life keep us from the gold of our spiritual inheritance. ... We all want to be saved . . . but not yet. — Calvin Miller

Jesus asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:11-12, NIV)

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21, NLT)

Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted. (Ephesians 4:30, MSG)


Room

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It is only in Him that the soul has room. In knowing Him is life and its gladness. The secret of your own heart you can never know; but you can know Him who knows its secret. — George MacDonald

No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart. (John 2:25, NLT)

Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. (Psalm 4:1, NRSV)

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37: 3-4, NIV)

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. … I am the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:1,6, NLT)


Power

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God’s mighty acts tend to follow prayer. — R.T. Kendall

While Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him. (Acts 12:5, NLT)

Prayer has no substitute; it is the Christian’s vital spring of life. It is powerful, for it raises the fallen power lines between the power house of God and the human soul; it is the Jacob’s ladder on which Heavenly messengers ascend and descend, bearing blessings. Whenever an ordinary Christian really touches the throne of God in prayer, he is made extraordinary. —David Dawson

God’s there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it.
He does what’s best for those who fear him—hears them call out, and saves them.
(Psalm 145;18-19, MSG)

Everything is possible with God. (Mark 10:27, NLT)


Reward

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The big view is the reward of the precipitous climb. —J.H. Jowett

If your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life’s difficulties, you will continue to experience the untold blessings of God! True happiness comes as you pass the test with faith, and receive the victorious crown of life promised to every lover of God!
(James 1:12, TPT)

Do not lose heart because of your suffering. Cling to Jesus; cling to Jesus. He is with you now. —John Eldredge

For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
(Hebrews 12:2-3, NIV)

Jesus said, be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
(Matthew 28:20, NLT)


Beauty

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Beauty is your most immediate experience of the eternal. Think of what it’s like to behold a gorgeous sunset or the ocean at dawn. You yearn to linger. Sometimes the beauty is so deep it pierces you with longing for life as it was meant to be. … Beauty draws you to God. —John Eldredge

Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
(1 Chronicles 17:27, NIV)

Found when I wasn’t looking, heard
When I wasn’t listening. Found beauty.
Art is making visible what is invisible in the life of faith. —Eugene Peterson

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27:4, NIV)