Tuesday, September 18, 2018

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"Come unto Me and rest;
lay down, thou weary one, lay down
thy head upon My breast!"
I came to Jesus as I was,
so weary worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting-place,
and He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"Behold, I freely give
the living water; thirsty one,
stoop down, and drink, and live!"
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
"I am this dark world’s Light;
look unto Me, thy morn shall rise,
and all thy day be bright!"
I looked to Jesus, and I found
in Him my Star, my Sun;
and in that Light of life I’ll walk,
till all my journey's done.

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say by Horatius Bonar

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Humble Roots

I recently finished reading Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson.
Here are some quotes that stood out to me.

"Humble Roots is not intended to replace the God-given graces of community, pastoral counsel, professional therapy, and when necessary, medical intervention. If you are experiencing debilitating physical or mental issues associated with clinical anxiety or depression, please seek the help of trusted friends, clergy, and mental health professionals. They are God’s gifts to us, His broken, hurting children, and we humbly receive them as such."
(Kindle edition, page 12)

"And now you can see the relationship between pride and stress. Pride convinces us that we are stronger and more capable than we actually are. Pride convinces us that we must do and be more than we are able."
(Kindle edition, page 40)

"So before we can even begin to answer His call to come to Him, Jesus comes to us. Because we could never sufficiently humble ourselves, Jesus humbles Himself. And by doing so, He became both the model and the means of our own humility. Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus shows us our true identity as people dependent on God for life. And through His life, death, and resurrection, He imparts this humble life to us once again."
(Kindle edition, page 57)

"Instead, we must forgo emotional manipulation and tell the truth about God’s character. The truth is that God is kind and long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, 17 and it is precisely His kindness that makes us run to Him. The truth is that God has waited so long for us, despite our rejection of Him, that we can’t help but love Him. And suddenly it is the love of Christ constraining us, not guilt or fear or pressure. Suddenly the Holy Spirit is doing His own work of testifying to the glory of Christ. Suddenly the gospel is changing a person."
(Kindle edition, page 112)

"Humility teaches us that we must pray and speak truth and love, but must not nag and pressure and guilt and manipulate. Humility teaches us to trust God."
(Kindle edition, page 113)

"Humility calls us to feel deeply precisely because we know that “God is greater than our hearts.” Because “God is greater than your heart,” you can trust Him to care for you when your heart breaks through disappointment or suffering. Because “God is greater than your heart,” you can trust Him to rejoice with you in times of joy and success. Because “God is greater than your heart,” you can trust Him to correct and lead you through doubt and fear. Because “God is greater than your heart,” He can handle the depth of your emotions. He is not afraid of them, and as you bring them back to Him, you shouldn’t be afraid of them either. In this sense, humility does not shut down your inner life; humility redeems it."
(Kindle edition, page 114)

"It’s not that truth doesn’t exist. It’s not even that human beings can’t know truth. Humility simply leaves room that my understanding of a situation could be wrong. Perhaps I don’t have all the facts; perhaps I’ve been influenced by my cultural presuppositions to believe that a tomato is a vegetable; or perhaps I’m simply a limited human being. And because I am, my faith cannot rest on my own knowledge. My faith cannot rest on my ability to understand."
(Kindle edition, page 125)

"Not only does humility teach us the source and limits of our knowledge, humility also teaches us how to engage the process of learning. Humility teaches us to forgo prepackaged, cellophane wrapped, artificially ripened answers to allow faith to develop naturally. In other words, humility teaches us to be less concerned with knowing the answers and more concerned with learning the answers."
(Kindle edition, page 129)

"When everything is gift and when we learn to trust the Giver of those gifts, we learn a kind of humility that makes us fearless and productive. And instead of either hoarding or rejecting our resources, we cultivate them. Instead of burying them, we plant them."
(Kindle edition, page 148)

"And no matter how small, no matter how few, God intends for you to use them. He intends for you to become a humble, resourceful person, first by receiving His gifts with gratitude and then by cultivating them for the good of those around you."
(Kindle edition, page 151)

"Humble people understand that their work is no guarantee of success; but the humble also understand that the possibility of failure is no reason not to work."
(Kindle edition, page 167)

"In many ways, the act of sleep is itself a spiritual act, an act of humility. To sleep, we must stop our work. To sleep, we must lay our bodies down. To sleep, we must trust another to care for us."
(Kindle edition, page 204)

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me

Jesus, Savior, pilot me,
Over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treach'rous shoal;
Chart and compass come from Thee:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me!

As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boist'rous waves obey Thy will
When Thou say'st to them, "Be still!"
Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea,
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me!

When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar
'Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me,
"Fear not, I will pilot thee!"

Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me by Edward Hopper

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