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)
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.
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
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)
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)
“Labor,” it is the one thing we will not do. We will take open-air meetings, we will preach—but labor at prayer! There is nothing thrilling about a laboring man’s work, but it is the laboring man who makes the conception of the genius possible; and it is the laboring saint who makes the conceptions of his Master possible.
— Oswald Chambers
Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12, NKJV)
One way of laying down our lives is by praying for somebody. In prayer I am saying, in effect, “my life for yours.” My time, my energy, my thoughts, my concern, my concentration, my faith—here they are, for you. So it is that I participate in the work of Christ. So it is that no work of faith, no labor of love, no smallest prayer is ever lost, but, like the smoke of the incense on the golden altar, rises from the hand of the angel before God. — Elisabeth Elliot
While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God. Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. In this way, God qualified him as a perfect High Priest, and he became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him. (Hebrews 5:7-9, NLT)
We live shabbily because we pray meanly. — E.M. Bounds
We do not attain purity of life. Instead, it is God’s gift issuing from our yearning to know him. He gives us this gift not because he is impressed with our effort but because he is impressed with our hunger. Cleansing and purity come not because we crave being clean but because we crave being together with God. — Calvin Miller
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23, NIV)
In the domain of the mind, it is the man who angles in narrow waters who has the wealthiest haul. —J.H. Jowett
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. … Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. … And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. … Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. (Colossians 3: 1, 3, 5, 16-17, MSG)