“Fervent prayer means confidence in God and an openness to his surprising leading…Prayer changes both the perceptions of those who pray and their actions…Through prayer one can look at opponents or problems as more than someone or something to overcome. They can become also a means of education and sanctification, the agents through whom one finds growth in relationship with God.” (Dearman, 2002, p.265).
“It makes no matter where He places me, or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest positions He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult His grace is sufficient. It little matters to my servant whether I sent him to buy a few cash worth of things, or the most expensive articles. In either case, he looks to me for the money, and brings me his purchases. So, if God place me in great perplexity, must He not give me much guidance; in position of great difficulty, much grace; in circumstances of great pressure and trial, much strength? No fear that His resources will be unequal to the emergency! And His resources are mine, for He is mine, and is with me and dwells in me. All this springs from the believer’s oneness with Christ.” –Hudson Taylor
“Joy comes from choosing God as our inheritance and choosing to be content and to find beauty in whatever circumstances He ordains for us. That’s how we get joy.” — Nancy Leigh DeMoss
“Everything about which we are tempted to complain may be the very instrument whereby the Potter intends to shape His clay into the image of His Son.” — Elisabeth Elliot
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to 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, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.” — C. S. Lewis, Four Loves
“No, if a man is going to fulfill the task of love by loving men he sees, he must not merely find those he loves among actual human beings, but he must root out all double-mindedness and fastidiousness in loving them, so that in earnestness and truth he loves them as they are…Christ’s love for Peter [after his denial] was so boundless that in loving Peter he accomplished loving the one he sees. He did not say, “Peter must change first and become another man before I can love him again” (p. 168). Alas, but we men talk about finding the perfect person in order to love him. Christianity speaks about being the perfect person who limitlessly loves the person he sees.” –Kierkegaard, Works of Love