“Think what it would mean to have every word that passes our lips winged and blessed with prayer—always to breathe a little prayer before we speak, as we speak. This would put heavenly sweetness into all our speech! It would make all our words kindly, loving, inspiring words—words that would edify and minister grace to those who hear.”
“Think of a woman amid her household cares—taking everything to God for His blessing, for His approval, for His direction. These are not by any means impossible suppositions. Indeed, this is the way a Christian is to live, should always live—doing all in the name of the Lord Jesus!”
“All religion is in effect love.
Faith is thankful acceptance,
and thankfulness is an expression of love.
Repentance is love mourning.
Yearning for holiness is love seeking.
Obedience is love pleasing.
Self-denial is the mortification of self-love.
Sobriety is the curtailing of carnal love.”
A.W. Pink, Gleanings from Paul (p.453)
Gathering at the table for breakfast allows us to weave our lives with others — and that should be be a daily pleasure.
The problem is that when Christians talk about the problem of sin, the reality of what it means to be guilty before God, the condemnation that holds the world captive, we actually do not mean to coax you onto a wire to cross the Grand Canyon. We do not mean for you to try harder, to be better. This is precisely what the Christian gospel is not. The call to repentance is not more condemnation. The call to repentance is always accompanied by the good news that that Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, the Kingdom of Heaven is near, the Kingdom of Heaven is here. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a kingdom of works righteousness. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a game of bureaucratic chutes and corporate ladders amped up on angelic steroids unto ages of ages, amen. The Kingdom of Heaven is the Kingdom of Grace. The Kingdom of Heaven is the Kingdom of God’s Lovingkindness.
“What a man is on his knees before God,
that he is
-and nothing more.”
Robert Murray M’Cheyne
“Light words weigh heavy in God’s balance.”
John Flavel, Works: The Art of Preserving the Fruit of the Lips
“Trust Him where you cannot trace Him.”
“To love at all is to be vulnerable.
Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken.
If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one,
not even an animal.
Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries;
avoid all entanglements.
Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.
But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change.
It will not be broken;
it will become unbreakable,
To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
“The routines of housework and of mothering may be seen as a kind of death, and it is appropriate that they should be, for they offer a chance, day after day, to lay down one’s life for others. Then they are no longer routines.”
“It is impossible to get a man to see something when his entire notion of a self-identity
and respect depends upon his not seeing it.”
– Doug Wilson