Monday, June 14, 2010

The Week in Words

 
  
Each Monday, Barbara hosts The Week in Words on her blog, Stray Thoughts:
Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week  inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read. More information is here.
Seen while perusing the new-to-me blog of a sister in Christ:
'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.' ~~ Unknown
I realize that my husband "found" me years ago, but I still want to be a woman whose heart is hidden in Christ! I want our lives to be so intertwined with Christ that we can't help but be drawn closer to God by our relationship with each other. I want our boys to find girls like that, and I want our daughter to be that kind of woman.


This is also from Facebook, via Pastor Johnny Pope, who always has something valuable to say, and usually in a way I haven't thought of before. This one was no exception:
Vengeance belongs to God. We steal that which is His if we take attempt to administer vengeance. "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" -Romans 12: 18,19-
We steal from God when we attempt to administer vengeance! What a sobering thought. Makes me want to throw up my hands and say, "Lord, you just take care of everything!" Which is the attitude I'm supposed to have!

Finally, a quote from Elizabeth George in her book A Woman After God's Own Heart:
As you invest your time, your heart, and your life in prayer for your husband, you'll wake up one day and find arguments decreasing and a mellowing -- even a warming -- in your heart toward your husband. Truly, it's impossible to hate or neglect a person you are praying for!

Furthermore, Jesus teaches, "Where your treasure is [in this case, the treasure of your time and effort invested in prayer], there your heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21). Focusing on your husband in prayer will help you focus on him in your heart, your thoughts, and your actions. You'll also be surprised at the fruit born in your own life from this prayer -- the fruit of understanding, cheerfulness, patience, helpfulness, and calmness. You'll realize that while you were praying for your husband, God changed your heart!
~~ A Woman After God's Own Heart, Elizabeth George, p. 96 (emphases the author's)

4 comments:

  1. Even as an unmarried gal, I find that last quote inspiring. I'm so glad that God uses prayer to change our hearts to desire the things that He desires.

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  2. Thanks for the little gems!

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  3. I've heard that first one before, but I can't remember where. Very good advice.

    Amen about vengeance -- God's way of dealing with it is best.

    I had that experience described in the last quote with a lady at one church who just rubbed me the wrong way, and I had concluded that the best way to keep peace was to stay away from her. Then I drew her name as my secret sister, to pray for for a year.

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  4. Bekah, you've hit the nail on the head concerning making our desires His desires. I think that's an accurate application of Psalm 37:4.

    Deborah, I hope you enjoy them!

    Barbara, isn't that just like the Lord to give us someone to pray for so that WE will be changed!

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Thanks for taking a minute to read my ramblings and leave a comment! I appreciate it!

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