I have been reading a lot this month. Some of the quotes are from blogs and others from books. I always enjoying going back at the end of the month to see what is in my journal. The last quote especially was convicting to me resulting in me doing a little better getting up a little earlier to put in more time in prayer.
From Randy Alcorn's blog 1/3/2011
"Gratitude never comes form avoiding difficulty but from finding yourself sustained through it. The degree of joy rises to the degree of gratitude and the level of gratitude corresponds to the level of God's grace experienced in our suffering. God's sustaining providence brings relief, even when liffe becomes unspeakably difficult."
"Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
"The Lord our God is with you. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you. He will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."
From The Marquis' Secret by George MacDonald
"Understanding is the reward of obedience...Obedience is the key to every door."
From Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
Robert Brault is quoted, "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
From Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Gerald Bridges
"Obviously we do not always know how God will answer our prayers, or if He will move in the heart of another individual, but it is enough to know that our destiny is in his hands, not those of other people."
From The Ministry of Intercession: A Plea for More Prayer by Andrew Murray
" We all know the difference between a man whose projits are just enough to maintain his family and keep up his business, and another whose income enables him to extend the business adn to help others. There may be an earnest Christian life in which there is prayer enough to keep us from going back, and just maintain the position we have attained to, without much growth in spirituality or Christlikeness. The attitude is more defensive, seeking to ward off temptation, than aggressive, reaching out after higher attainment. If there is indeed going to be a going from strength to strength, with some large experience of God's power to sanctify ourselves and to bring down real blessing to others, there must be more definite and perservering prayer. The scripture teaching about crying day and night, continuing steadfast in prayer, watching in prayer, being heard for his importunity, must in some degree become our experience if we are really to be intercessors."