Today's "thoughts" are a little different than most weeks. Today, as I was glancing through my Bible, my eye focused on some of the quotes I had written into the side columns and empty page spaces over the last 30 years or so. They are thoughts that obviously touched my heart in some way or I would not have taken the time to pen them into those spaces. Thus I offer you 12 of the many I have written there. I do not know what books some of these came from, but in the cases where I do, I give the reference. I trust one or two may touch your heart as well. In fact, if one happens to do so, just out of curiosity, let me know! Enjoy.
"God, of your goodness give me yourself, for you are enough for me. If I ask anything less, I know I shall continue to want. Only in you, I have everything."
Lady Julian of Norwich
"Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, demands my life, my soul, my all."
Isaac Watts, Celebration Hymnal
"A loud cry in the ears of God is that burning love of the soul that cries out: "My God and my love, You are all mine, and I am all Yours." Deepen your love in me, O Lord. Let your love possess me and raise me above myself with a fervor and wonder beyond imagination. Let me sing the song of love. Let my soul spend itself in your praise, rejoicing in your love."
Thomas A'Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
"Oh, Lord! If I worship you from fear of hell, burn me in hell;
and if I worship you form hope of paradise, exclude me from it.
But if I worship you for your own sake --
then withhold not from me your eternal beauty."
"There was once in man [before the Fall] a true happiness, of which there now remains to him only an empty trace which he vainly tries to fill with things from his environment. Yet all these efforts are inadequate, for the infinite abyss can only be filled with an infinite and immutable object, that is, by God Himself."
Blaise Pascal, Pensees
"The saint has spiritual joy and pleasure by a kind of effusion of God upon the soul. In these things the redeemed have communion with God; that is, they partake with Him and of Him."
Jonathan Edwards, On Knowing God
"We must return to New Testament Christianity, not in creed only, but in complete manner of life as well. Holiness, obedience, humility, simplicity, earnestness, self-control, modesty and cross-bearing must again be made a living part of the total Christian concept and be carried out in everyday conduct. We must cleanse the temple of hucksters and moneychangers and come fully under the authority of our risen Lord once again."
A. W. Tozer
"Prayer for revival will prevail when it is accompanied by a radical amendment of life and not before. All night prayer meetings that are not preceded by practical repentance may actually be displeasing to God -- to obey is better than sacrifice [I Samuel 15:22]... God is not interested in increased church attendance unless those who attend amend their ways and begin to live a holy life [Isaiah 1:10-20]."
A. W. Tozer
"As grace is at first from God, so it is continually from Him and is maintained by Him... Men are dependent on the power of God for every exercise of grace, for carrying on that work in the heart, for subduing sin and corruption, for increasing holy principles, and enabling us to bring forth fruit in every good work."
Jonathan Edwards, from the sermon, "God Glorified in Man's Dependence."
"Can one be spiritually content apart from the continual experience of the divine presence? Can one be a true Pilgrim without a passionate yearning for the Divine Reality?"
"Strength and struggle go together. The supreme reward of struggle is strength. Life is a battle and the greatest joy is to overcome. The pursuit of easy things makes men weak. It is in following the path of least resistance that makes both rivers and men crooked."
"A leader is a person who, on a large scale, is able to rise above their own fears and anxieties and so succeed in changing the world. They can work for years at their purposes, but they also have to have something absolutely mold their vision. What is not before their eyes must be more real to them than what is. When people have a vision of what they want to do and are willing to accept torture, danger, difficulty, anxiety, instability, insecurity and even death, then they are leaders. And if they are successful, then that certifies it."
Norman Mailer, TV Interview (Mailer originally used the word "hero" in place of "leader.")
In the Service of Jesus, Pastor Jeff