Perhaps I should explain where all these quotes are coming from. Since 1990 I’ve been keeping small pocket calendars that I write special quotes in from scripture, books, newspapers, movies, even Facebook, etc. — anything that speaks in a special way to me, and to what my circumstances are at the time. I’ve never tried to line up the quote with the date; I like the size of the pocket calendars, and just write from page to page, ignoring dates and days of the week. If I want to remember the occasion, I’ll write the date beside the quote.
I can always pick up these calendars free from various businesses. They have no idea what treasures they have become to me!
Some days I’ll write nothing and other days I may write 5-6 quotes and record a difficulty I’m dealing with at the time. Some years I end up using 3-4 pocket calendars (such as in each of the years when my parents passed away). These little booklets are my life because they are the specific scriptures and quotes God is giving me, especially during trials and difficulties. He always gives me exactly what I need, every day. I have no idea why He blesses me in this way; I’m not deserving, but these timely truths firmly bring me through those difficulties.
This summer, while walking each day, I began grabbing one of the notebooks each day to re-read as I walked along. It’s easy to read one quote, then walk a bit and think about it before reading another, or read several at a time. What amazed me was the fact that I was experiencing similar, difficult situations through the years, and God was giving me the exact same quotes each time. The quotes came from the particular page of a book I was reading, or the particular assigned scripture of the day, so they weren’t quotes I was “looking” for. God’s timing is perfect. This week I’m sharing more of these quotes, as I know they could be just what you need to hear today, too.
Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace. — Matthew 6:5-6 (MSG)
Anyone who intends to come with me has to let Me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat, I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow Me and I’ll show you how. — Matthew 16:24-25 (MSG)
Let your heart be at rest. You may enjoy a deep, settled peace that no disturbance can destroy. It is maintained by your confidence in My love. Place in My care both yourself and all you hold dear…Release all anxiety. I am watching over you. — (Given to me the day one of our children travelled to New Zealand for a 6-month study program), Progress of Another Pilgrim, pg. 108
No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. — Isaiah 54:17
What should set us apart is our trust, our ability to let God loose in our circumstances rather than forever trying to control them ourselves. — Barbara Johnson, Promises of Joy, pg. 44
Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. — Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
The LORD your 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. — Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV)