Successful Marriage

There’s no such thing as a successful marriage.  There are marriages that give up, and marriages that keep on trying; that’s the only difference.

(Garrison Keillor, Wobegon Boy)

The Difference Between an Opinion and a Sense

There is a difference between having an opinion that God is holy and gracious, and having a sense of the loveliness and beauty of that holiness and grace.  There is a difference between having a rational judgment that honey is sweet, and having a sense of its sweetness.

(Jonathan Edwards, from his sermon “A Divine and Supernatural Light”)

True Satisfaction

The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied…Fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends are but shadows, but enjoyment of God is the substance.  These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun.  These are but streams, but God is the fountain.  These are but drops, but God is the ocean.

(Jonathan Edwards, The Christian Pilgrim)

What Is Buried In Our Hearts?

We must be careful what we bury in our hearts.  To bury something does not mean it is dead.  It may simply mean we have buried something alive that will devour and destroy us from within.

(Maxie Dunnam, Let Me Say That Again)

The Ideals of a Nation

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.

(Norman Douglas, South Wind)

Teamwork in the Kingdom of God

God has designed His kingdom so that Christians with kindred spirits join together.  It is exciting when you find another Christian who shares the same concerns and burdens that you do!  Often, God will graciously bring another believer alongside you who will undergird you in the work and concerns God has placed on your heart.

(Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God Day by Day, p. 303)

Have You Lost Your Joy?

It is possible to serve God year after year and yet have a heart that is far from Him.  You might be one of the hardest workers in your church and yet be filled with bitterness because others do not share your load.  You can become so preoccupied with your spiritual labors that when God works miracles in the lives of those around you, you cannot rejoice.

(Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God Day by Day, p. 301)

Revival

If you sense that the spiritual vigor as gone out of your life or the life of your church, this is God’s invitation to pray.

(Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God Day by Day, p. 300)

Interdependence

Everything God has woven into the fabric of His kingdom promotes interdependence, not individualism.

(Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God Day by Day, p. 303)

Only Obedience

Only obedience satisfies God’s desire for obedience!

(Henry Blackaby, Experiencing God Day by Day, p. 307)