Place Signs

This week I’m sharing photos of signs that I’ve snapped through the years.  I always enjoy seeing these unique signs in our own nation.  The first few are from Gettysburg.  

This McDonald’s sign is the lowest one I’ve ever seen.

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Dark Night

Here are the final quotes I’ve chosen to share from a 2010 journal:

God had given David authority to bring salvation and deliverance to others (see I Samuel 23:4), but, as Abigail reminded him, he must not use his hand for his own salvation…This the Lord must do.  Thus in the gospels, Jesus saves, heals, and delivers others, but He will not use His power to save Himself. This God must do.  — David Roper, A Man to Match the Mountain, pg. 189

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.  — Helen Keller

God perceives the imperfections within us, and because of His love for us, urges us to grow up.  His love is not content to leave us in our weakness, and for this reason He takes us into a dark night.  He weans us from all of the pleasures by giving us dry times and inward darkness.  In doing so He is able to take away all these vices and create virtues within us.  Through the dark night pride becomes humility, greed becomes contentment, luxury becomes peace, gluttony becomes moderation, envy becomes joy, and sloth becomes strength.  No soul will ever grow deep in the spiritual life unless God works passively in that soul by means of the Dark Night.  — St. John of the Cross, quoted by David Roper, A Man to Match the Mountain, pg. 69

Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body.  As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault.  But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it.  Colossians 1:22-23a [NLT]

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.  — Mother Teresa

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito.  — African saying

Passage Through Iron Bars

Today I’ll continue sharing great quotes from a 2010 journal:

God washed Job’s eyes with tears so he could see.  — lyrics from Audrey Meier

We should resist our fear–meet it with faith.  We should never worry about ourselves — our voice, our looks, our personalities, our education, our intelligence.  — David Roper, A Man to Match the Mountains, pg. 37

Our tendency to make excuses for ourselves comes from thinking that God will never take us back unless we can minimize or explain away our wrongdoing.  — Ibid, pg. 60

He is at work, if not in the strong winds then in the gentle zephyr; if not in the earthquake, then in our heartbreak; in crowds or lonely hearts.  — Ibid, pg. 76

Prayer can force a passage through iron bars and heavy gates.  — L. B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert

God baptizes us with holy boldness and divine confidence, for He is looking not for great people, but for people who will dare to prove the greatness of their God.  — A. B. Simpson

So each time you intercede through prayer, first be quiet and worship God in His glory.  Think of what He can do, how He delights in Christ, His Son, and of your place in Him.  Then expect great things.  — Andrew Murray

We must remember to maintain within our hearts the spirit of Sabbath calm and peace, not fussy, not anxious, not fretful nor impetuous; refraining our feet from our own paths, our hand from our own devices, refusing to make our own joy and do our own works.  — E. B. Meyer

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed.  — Romans 4:18 [NIV]

A Deep Impression

This week I will continue sharing quotes from my older journals.  These are from 2010.

Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.  — Luke 12:21 [NLT]

Waiting upon God is vital in order to see Him and receive a vision from Him.  And the amount of time spent before Him is also critical, for our hearts are like a photographer’s film — the longer exposed, the deeper the impression.  For God’s vision to be impressed on our hearts, we must sit in stillness at His feet for quite a long time.  Remember, the troubled surface of a lake will not reflect an image.  — L. B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert

The education of our faith is incomplete if we have yet to learn that God’s providence works through loss, that there is a ministry to us through failure and the fading of things, and that He gives the gift of emptiness…The dwindling brook at Kerith Ravine, where Elijah sat deep in thought, is a true picture of each of our lives…One way or the other, we must all learn the difference between trusting in the gift or trusting in the Giver.  The gift may last for a season, but the Giver is the only eternal love…the woe, the waste, and the tears of life belong to its interlude, not its finale.  If the Lord had led Elijah directly to Zarephath, he would have missed something that helped to make him a wiser prophet and a better man — living by faith at Kerith.  — Ibid

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  — 2 Corinthians 9:7 [ESV]

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.  This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.  — 2 Corinthians 9:11-12 [ESV]