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“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”  ~ C.S. Lewis

“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?”  ~ C.S. Lewis

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”  ~ C.S. Lewis

 

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic cords of memory will swell when again touched as surely they will be by the better angels of our nature. ~Abraham Lincoln

 

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.” – C.S. Lewis

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Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

 [© Sir Francis Drake]

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My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny…
because you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment…
because you “deserve better than this.”
I cheat you of knowledge…
because you already know it all.
I cheat you of healing…
because you are too full of you to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness…
because you refuse to admit when you are wrong.
I cheat you of vision…
because you’d rather look in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you of genuine friendship…
because nobody’s going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love…
because real romance demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven…
because you refuse to wash another’s feet on earth.
I cheat you of God’s glory…
because I convinced you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I’m always looking out for you.
Untrue.
I’m looking to make a fool of you.
God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry…
If you stick with me you’ll never know.

~ “My name is Pride.” © by Beth Moore ~

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A Borrowed Smile © by Joni E. Tada  

For You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. – Psalm 63:7

In a crowded ladies restroom during a break at a Christian conference, a well-dressed woman putting on lipstick turned to me and said, “Oh Joni, you always look so together, so happy in your wheelchair. I wish I had your joy! How do you do it?” Several around her nodded. “I don’t do it,” I said. “In fact, may I tell you honestly how I woke up this morning?”

Several women leaned against the counter to listen.

“This is an average day. After Ken leaves for work at six, I’m alone until I hear the front door open at seven. It’s a friend coming to get me up. While she makes coffee, I usually pray,

‘Lord, my friend is about to give me a bath, get me dressed, sit me up in my chair, brush my hair and teeth, and send me out the door. I don’t have the strength to face this routine one more time. I have no resources. I don’t have a smile for the day, but you do. May I borrow yours? I urgently need you, God.’

“So when my friend walks into the bedroom, I turn my head on my pillow and give her a smile sent straight from heaven. It’s not mine, it’s God’s.

Whatever joy you see today–” I gestured at my paralyzed legs-“was hard won this morning.”

I have learned, as I hope those women learn, that the weaker we are, the harder we must lean on God. And the harder we lean on him, the stronger we discover him to be.

Where do you feel weak today? When you borrow from God the strength, courage, and joy you don’t have, people can’t help but notice.

Just make sure they know where it came from!

Lord, be my strength today-not only in the areas where I know I am weak, but also in the areas where I think I am strong. And may all the credit, all the glory be yours.

Blessings,

Joni and Friends


Taken from Pearls of Great Price – Jan15th. 

Copyright © 2006 by Joni Eareckson Tada       

www.joniandfriends.org

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Jehovah Tsidkenu – “The Lord Our Righteousness”  

© by Robert Murray McCheyne – November 18, 1834.

 

I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger, and felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me.

 

I oft read with pleasure, to sooth or engage,
Isaiah´s wild measure and John´s simple page;
But e´en when they pictured the blood sprinkled tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu seemed nothing to me.

 

Like tears from the daughters of Zion that roll,
I wept when the waters went over His soul;
Yet thought not that my sins had nailed to the tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu””´twas nothing to me.

 

When free grace awoke me, by light from on high,
Then legal fears shook me, I trembled to die;
No refuge, no safety in self could I see””
Jehovah Tsidkenu my Saviour must be.

 

My terrors all vanished before the sweet name;
My guilty fears banished, with boldness I came
To drink at the fountain, life giving and free””
Jehovah Tsidkenu is all things to me.

 

Jehovah Tsidkenu! my treasure and boast,
Jehovah Tsidkenu! I ne´er can be lost;
In thee I shall conquer by flood and by field,
My cable, my anchor, my breast-plate and shield!

 

Even treading the valley, the shadow of death,
This “watchword” shall rally my faltering breath;
For while from life´s fever my God sets me free,
Jehovah Tsidkenu, my death song shall be.

 

… … …

“And this is His name by which He will be called, 

‘The Lord our righteousness.’ “- 

Jer. 23:5-6

 

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