Prayer as it should be. . .

Be pleased, O God, to grant unto me that great freedom of mind that will enable me to... manage the common affairs of life in such wise as not to misemploy or neglect the improvement of my talents; to be industrious without covetousness; diligent without anxiety; as exact in each punctilio of action as if success were dependent upon it, and yet so resigned as to leave all events to thee and still attributing to thee the praise of every good work.

Susanna Wesley (1669-1742)

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It is not my ability. . .

“It is not my ability, but my response to God's ability, that counts.” -- Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)

1st Peter 4:11 “If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (NIV)

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Happy New Year!

"I suppose when we wake on January 1 the world will look the same. But there is a reminder of the Resurrection at the start of each new year, each new decade. That's why I also like sunrises, Mondays, and new seasons. God seems to be saying, "With me you can always start afresh." -- Ada Lum
(Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World)

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3 John 1:2  Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. (NIV)

"The meaning of earthly existence lies, not as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering, but in the development of the soul." --

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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God’s spring in our step

"God doesn't always smooth the path, but sometimes He puts springs in the wagon." -- Marshall Lucas

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"It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens... to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a clay of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens." —Thanksgiving proclamation, 1863

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

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Why worry?–God has you covered!

A. W. Tozer: "How are we going to escape fear, when there are legitimate dangers that lie all around us?

Well, here's what the man of God says: "Don't be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God and the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

Someone is looking after us. The Bible says "He careth for you." Jesus, our Lord, says: "Your Father knows what you have need of before you ask Him." And Jesus said, "Let not your heart be troubled." And in all your afflictions, He was afflicted, it says.

The Bible pictures God as a very careful, tender-hearted Father, busying Himself about the troubles of His people. He looks after them, goes ahead of them, cares for them, and guides them all the way through.

There you see the problem of worry and anxiety is solved by the assurance that while there are things about which to be concerned, why should you worry, when Somebody is taking care of you!"
[Tozer, A. W. Tozer Topical Reader: Volume Two. Compiled by Ron Eggert. Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007. WORDsearch CROSS e-book.]

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"Revival and blessing come to the church when we stop looking at a picture of God and look at God Himself. Revival comes when, no longer satisfied just to know about a God in history, we meet the conditions of finding Him in living, personal experience....Modern mankind can go everywhere, do everything and be completely curious about the universe. But only a rare person now and then is curious enough to want to know God." A. W. Tozer

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"The greatest excuse given to me by people in every country for not becoming Christians is the division among Christians today."

Billy Graham (1918-2018)
Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World.

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We are all accountable.

"The sins ye do by two and two, ye must pay for, one by one."-- Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

"What difference does it make to you what someone else becomes, or says, or does? You do not need to answer for others, only for yourself."-- Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380-1471)

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"Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense." -- Robert Frost (1874-1963)

"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13 (NIV)

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"All heaven is waiting to help those who will discover the will of God and do it." -- J. Robert Ashcroft (1878-1958)

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