Continual

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God of all grace, teach me the way of continual penitence and holy trust. May there be no gaps in my consecration! May my life be all of one piece! May sin make no rent! May my devotion be complete, including even the things that are least! —J. H. Jowett

Be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Joshua 22:5, ESV)

When I invite God into every task, seek his wisdom, trust him for help when I get stuck, the work itself becomes a sacrament. —Luci Shaw

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14, NIV)

An easy-going, non-self-denying life will never be one of power. — Hudson Taylor


Forgiveness

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And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12, NIV)

However important justice is—and it is important—forgiveness is more important. The Christian at prayer, even as Jesus as prayer, is not first of all an impersonal agent of justice but a personal conveyer of forgiveness and a witness to the resurrection. Such forgiveness is not soft sentimentality. It is hard-edged gospel. Such forgiveness is not a moral shrug of the shoulders. It is a white-hot flame of resurrection love forged in the furnace of the cross. Assuming that the criminal crucified next to Jesus was receiving a just death sentence (he said as much himself), the sentence was not revoked in Jesus’ prayer. The criminal died for his crime. But forgiveness trumped justice. It always does. —Eugene Peterson

And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:33-34, NIV)

Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.

                                                                    ― C.S. Lewis

Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32, NLT)

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43, ESV)


Childlike

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𝐼 𝑡𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑖𝑐𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝐼𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑎. 𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑡𝑤𝑜 𝑏𝑜𝑦𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑙𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 ℎ𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑠𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑜𝑙, ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑟𝑝ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑑, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑐𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑦 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑡. 𝑂𝑓 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑖𝑡 ℎ𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚. —RMR

It is the childlike spirit which finds the open door. Childlikeness is the open sesame into glory after glory in the unsearchable riches of Christ. Childlikeness is the magic key. It is the very secret of the Lord. — J.H. Jowett

 

I do not write for children, but for the childlike, whether of five, or fifty, or seventy-five. ― George MacDonald

 

When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. ― C.S. Lewis

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15, NIV)


Laughter

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Heaven’s laughter will at last define the dwelling place of God and all his saints.     

                                                                        — Calvin Miller

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. (Psalm 126:2-3, NIV)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, NLT)

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4, NIV)

Joy is the laughter of heaven, the secret of the Christian life. Woven out of sorrow and woe, from the crucibles of suffering, absence, and separation, comes the deep, abiding laughter of joy, without tears, promising health, wholeness, and reunion.

                                                                                                                    —Terry Lindvall


Mercies

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My Father, help me to survey Thy mercies. May I feel that I walk in an atmosphere of grace! May I know that everything that is worth having I obtain from Thee. May I see the seals of Thy love in the common comforts of the day! —J.H. Jowett

Your mercies, God, run into the billions. (Psalm 119:156, MSG)

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided,
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
                —Thomas Obediah Chisholm

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV)

God’s mercies never grow old. They never run out. They never are ill timed. They never dry up. They never grow weak. They never get weary. They never fail to meet the need. They never disappoint. They never, ever fail, because they really are new every morning. Formfitted for the challenges, disappointments, sufferings, temptations, and struggles with sin within and without are the mercies of our Lord.

                                                                                            —Paul David Tripp


Distracted

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As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted . . . (Luke 10:38-40, NIV)

I was thinking this morning of all the duties, responsibilities, opportunities, difficulties, relationships, decisions, and concerns that flood into my mind like a dam that has been breached every morning as I wake up. It’s so easy to get distracted by it all. It’s so easy to forget things. It’s so easy to go through a day without God ever entering your thoughts. It’s so easy to load life onto your shoulders and be more motivated by low-grade anxiety than by divine awe. ― Paul David Tripp

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! (Hebrews 12:2-3, MSG)

There is more to life after birth than mother’s milk, sleeping and walking, walking and talking. There is God. —Eugene Peterson

The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42, ESV)


Walk

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My Lord, teach me how to walk through the ways of time and yet breathe the air of eternity. — J.H. Jowett

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. (Psalm 128:1, NIV)

Christianity insists that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, walked among us. And it insists that all words, all ideas, all theories, all theologies, all doctrines must become flesh and dwell among us. It calls us to walk out our faith, not just know it or speak it or argue it. — Mark Buchanan

Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Jesus walked. (1 John 2:6, BSB)

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way! —John Henry Sammis

Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:10, ESV)