November Quotes Part 2

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen. Part 2

 

Don’t let the loudest voice in your life be critics. Let the loudest voice in your life be God.

-Greg Laurie

 

We cannot pray in love and live in hate and still think we are worshipping God.

-A.W. Tozer

 

If God showed you all He has planned for you, it would boggle your mind. If you could see the doors He’s going to open, the opportunities that will cross your path, and the people who will show up, you’d be so amazed, excited and passionate, it would be easy to set your mind for victory. That is what faith is all about. You got to believe it before you see it. God’s favour is surrounding you like a shield. Every setback is a setup for a comeback. Every bad break, every disappointment, and every person who does you wrong is part of the plan to get you where you’re supposed to be.

-Unknown

 

Patience with family is love, patience with others is respect. Patience with yourself is confidence and patience with God is faith.

-Unknown

 

Live beyond “what if.” Find joy in “what is.”

-Unknown

 

Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.

-Unknown

 

Long before Zaccheaus couldn’t see Jesus the tree was already planted to meet his need.

-Unknown

 

November Quotes Part 1

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

I will be doing two parts because I have enough quotes to make into two separate blog posts.

Here is Part 1, and part 2 will be posted later in the week.

 

If you wish to know the mind of a person, listen to their words. If you want to know their heart, watch their actions.

-Lisa Prosen

 

Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually be planted.

-Christine Caine

 

Jesus called Peter a “rock” long before Peter was stable and mature. He leads us by calling out what he sees, not our failures.

-International House of Prayer

 

No healthy Christian ever chooses suffering; he choose’s God’s Will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not.

-Oswald Chambers

 

You are free to think thoughts of worry or joy, and whatever you choose will attract the same kind back to you. Worry attracts worry. Joy attracts joy.

-Rhonda Byrne

 

God has put enough into the world to make faith in Him a most reasonable thing. But He has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason or observation alone.

-Ravi Zacharias

 

A person uses their lips for truth, their voice for kindness, their ears for compassion, their hands for charity, and their heart for love. For those who do not like them, they use prayer.

-Unknown

 

 

 

Even If We Have Nothing

This past week I read an article called Blessed Even in the Worst, How to Give Thanks in Every Circumstance.  It started by asking what do we mean when we say that we are blessed? Is it being thankful for the things we have, good health, and the people in our life. The article then asked is this what it truly means to be blessed? Many people think that being blessed comes from having lots of money, or getting to travel a lot, but as I thought about these things, if your job was taken away, or you or a loved one got sick, or you couldn’t travel anymore, etc… would you still be able to say that you are a blessed person?

We can say we are blessed because we have God in our lives. If everything was taken away from us, (family, friends, money, health) all we would be left with is God. God keeps us safe, and gives us His grace. Happiness, and prosperity are things that God wants for all of us.  3 John 1:2 says “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers.” God is the source of us being able to say that we are blessed.

God is not only the source of being blessed, but He is also the substance of being blessed. This doesn’t mean that you can consider yourself blessed because you have God and that you will be blessed with more material things. Experiencing being blessed by God is when you experience that you are becoming closer and closer to Him. To consider yourself blessed is to be sure of the fact that God will never leave you. Something to remember is that we can ask God to bless us, but we will only be blessed by God if it is in His Will. 1 John 5:14-15 says “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His Will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him.”

If we truly believe that we are blessed because we have God, we can’t only say that we are blessed during the good times of our lives. What it truly means to say that we are blessed is to truthfully say that we are blessed during some of the worst times in our lives. During the hard times in your life you can say you are blessed because you feel God’s presence in your life and that you can feel the closeness and comfort of God around you.

We can shout it for the world to hear, post it for the social media world to read, and nail it to every wall in our home: we are truly, deeply, eternally blessed in Christ.

 

 

 

I’ll Push You

I recently read a book called “I’ll push you written by Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck. The book is a true story about Justin and Patrick who were born less than two days apart in the same hospital. They were best friends their whole lives, they grew up together, went to school together, and were the best man in each other’s weddings. Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that took away the use of his arms and legs. The friends refused to give into despair or let physical limitation control what was possible for Justin. Justin heard about the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile trek through Spain, he wondered aloud to Patrick if the two of them would ever be able to do it. Patrick’s response was “I’ll push you.”

 

 

One part that I liked in the book is when they hear of a part of the trail that has a steep downhill grade, it has loose rocks that create a dangerous terrain for a wheelchair. They look at the map to find an alternate route, and they find a country road leading downhill to the right. In this alternate route the grass gradually thickened, and now there is a bunch of grass stuck around Patrick’s wheels of the wheelchair. The grass gets thicker the farther they go along. This two hour shortcut only saved them the first 30 feet of the terrain that they were trying to avoid in the first place.

Sometimes this can happen in our own lives where we think that taking the easier path will save us less time, but in the long run it saved us no time, and we should have just gone with the original path that was set in front of us. Shortcuts will only get us off track. The shortcut that Justin and Patrick did, took them two hours to go 30 feet. By taking shortcuts you are saying to God that you can reach your goal quicker your way, than His.” For example God promised Abraham that he would have a son, and have many descendants, but it didn’t happen right away so his wife Sarah told him to get their maid, Hagar, pregnant, and that would be the many descendants. But that wasn’t God’s plan. God gave Sarah a baby in her old age, but Sarah’s shortcut led to problems that lasted for generation (Genesis 15-16)

Someone who didn’t take shortcuts was Noah. Noah could have cut corners when he was building the ark, but when the rain came the ark would have sunk. Noah could have also thought that he didn’t need all the animals and could have just left half of them behind, and the ones that got left behind would be called extinct. But in Genesis 6:22 “Noah did everything as God commanded him to do.”

To reach what God has set out for you, I encourage you to not take shortcuts, and do things as God tells you to do them. Justin and Patrick agreed that they would not take anymore shortcuts.

 

 

My very favourite part of the book was the chapter called “Who do you think you are.”  Patrick has been very upset with God for two years, that God allowed this disease to take over Justin’s life. Justin and his family came to visit Patrick and his family who lived in Idaho for a week. On Sunday everyone went to church. After the service Justin and Patrick got into a conversation with the church’s associate pastor, Ed, who knew both of them very well. Later, just Justin and Ed were speaking and Patrick overheard Ed ask Justin “if you could receive physical healing right now, would you choose it.” Patrick was certain he knew what Justin’s answer would be: “Of Course.” Justin looked up at Ed and said with authority “no.” All Patrick could think was “wait, he said no.” In that moment Patrick realised that this wasn’t his fight. He had been angry with God for the past two years because the battle he was fighting was a loosing one. His friend was slowly wasting away and there was nothing being done, so focused on his apparent need for healing, Patrick had failed to recognize what Justin really needed. He needed Patrick to step into the real battle. He needed hands and feet, Patrick’s hands and feet. The miracle had already happened. Patrick failed to see that he created a battle that Justin wasn’t fighting.

This is my favourite part of the book because many times people think that someone who is going through a trial in life would want God to take it away in the exact moment, and maybe without thinking the person with the trail would want God to take away what they are going though. But if someone (ex. me) would really stop to think about if God could take pain and suffering out of their life right now, would they want it. My answer is I wouldn’t change anything that happened health wise this year, because I can evidently see God’s grace in my life. Maybe that is the way Justin felt, through the disease that he had, maybe he became closer to God than if the disease wouldn’t have taken over his body. Some people like Patrick may become upset with God and wonder why He allowed sickness/disease to happen to people, and the person with the disease doesn’t think that at all. The person, like Patrick, has created their own battle, one that they are fighting themselves. The miracle isn’t the absence of struggle, disease or pain. It is the presence of grace.

 

If you haven’t read this book yet, I am encouraging you to read it. It was a book that I greatly enjoyed, and I know that you will enjoy it as well.