Worth repeating, for reflection purposes

* If you make the decision to do something that you know is right/for the sake of God, & it’s difficult, then you can rejoice in the fact that you are growing… if it’s easy, then you’ve already grown in that area, so nothing new is being conquered.” – Joyce Meyer.

* God knows your faith… He knows the hearts of all men, so He doesn’t need to test. The devil, however, only knows your measure of faith when it’s outwardly tested. – Pastor Steve

* Remember, the “Caleb generation” has been faithful to God through many seasons, good & bad. They have much wisdom to offer for the younger generation. – Pastor Steve

* Your flesh will whisper to you that strictness and anxious care about obedience are legalism – the gospel came to deliver you from such things!  And besides, if you really do commit a sin, you can be forgiven later.- Kris Lungaard (The Enemy Within)

* The Christian life is a war, and the fiercest battles are those that rage within the heart of every believer. The new birth radically and permanently changes a person’s sinful nature, but it does not immediately liberate that nature for all of the remnants of sin. Birth is followed by growth, and that growth involves warfare.- Tom Ascol (The War Inside)

* I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.- D.L. Moody

* If you find yourself loving any pleasure more than your prayers, any book better than the Bible, any house better than the house of the Lord, any table better than the Lord’s table, any persons better than Christ, or any indulgence better than the hope of heaven – be alarmed.- Thomas Guthrie

*  Satan doesn’t care if we “claim” to be a Christian…just as long as we don’t live it. – Michelle Thompson

* “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” ~ Epictetus
(One of the most significant lessons learned in my 20’s)

* “Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” – Thomas Kempis

* “The trials you face today prepare you for what God has for tomorrow! Often the choice is between security & destiny” -Lisa Bevere

* “You must have personal/private victories before you have public ones. David had many personal/private victories before his public victory of defeating Goliath.” – Pastor Steve.

* “At one level, the message of the book of Ruth is that the life of the godly is not a straight line to glory, but they do get there. The life of the godly is not an Interstate through Nebraska but a state road through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee. There are rock slides and precipices and dark mists and bears and slippery curves and hairpin turns that make you go backward in order to go for…ward. But all along this hazardous, twisted road that doesn’t let you see very far ahead, there are frequent signs that say, “The best is yet to come.” Taken as a whole, the story of Ruth is one of those signs. It was written to give us encouragement and hope that all the perplexing turns in our lives are going somewhere good. They do not lead off a cliff. In all the setbacks of our lives as believers, God is plotting for our joy.” (From the book “A Sweet and Bitter Providence” By John Piper)

* “They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them.” Romans 1:19 (NLT) – this defines my journey.

* “Sometimes we’re forced in directions we ought to have found ourselves.” (This might just be my testimony in a single sentence)

* “Jesus understood that you grow by dealing with problems, not avoiding them. Your faith increases only when you place a demand on it. Lazy, inactive faith will fail you in the hour of need, so you must feed on God’s Word and exercise your faith regularly.” -Brian Rogers

* “I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be “happy.” I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter and to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”   – Leo C. Rosten

Wisdom to share with my children:

* When considering a spouse… follow what God has put on your heart for YOUR life, your calling. As you follow that & begin to step out & do those things, look to your right & to your left. Whoever is standing beside you is surely a consideration.

* When does God become “involved” in your marriage? God honors YOUR choice in a spouse… but the moment you make that vow, He becomes involved & has joined you to make one. “what God has joined, let man not separate” Mark

* If you don’t see yourself the way God sees you, then neither will anyone else.

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