Friday, September 04, 2009

Freewill

Everyone's freewill plays in a playpen.


sarah jones

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Idols

Ever so often we love the lake's reflection instead of the lake itself.


sarah jones

Monday, June 29, 2009

Prayer

"Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?" -Corrie Ten Boom


"Prayer is not preparation for a greater work, prayer is the greater work."
-Oswald Chambers

"It is with the heart well kept as it is with the eye; if a small dust get into the eye it will never cease twinkling and watering till it has wept it out: so the upright heart cannot be at rest till it has wept out its troubles and poured out its complaints before the Lord" -- John Flavel

Monday, April 13, 2009

If He Denies Us

The swarms of corrupt lusts, worldly affections,
and carnal desires, which are found with us—are
ever opposing the glory of Jesus, and exciting us
to seek that happiness in self, which can only be
found in the spiritual reign of Jesus, in the heart.

"The Lord bestows grace and glory; no good
thing does He withhold from those whose
walk is blameless." Psalm 84:11

The Lord delights in the prosperity of His people;
therefore withholds no good thing from them. Yet,
it is not our erring judgment—but His unfailing
wisdom—which must determine what is best for
us. We would pray to be in the height of earthly
comfort—and on the pinnacle of worldly joy. But
in love, God answers by keeping us in the safe
valley of humility and self-abasement. Granting
our requests, is not always the effect of love.

So kind and gracious is our dear Savior—that He
crosses our wills, and denies our requests—when
they are contrary to our spiritual interest. Thus in
love, He answers our prayers—by withholding what
we ask for! He gives what He knows is best for us.
If we ask what is harmful for us to receive—shall
we complain of God's love—if He denies us?

"Those who seek the Lord will not lack any good
thing." Psalm 34:10


William Mason, "A Spiritual Treasury")

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Femininity

"Indeed, I have the most affectionate and jealous regard for every right that inheres in my dower of American womanhood. I claim and enjoy the right to be as cultured, as learned, as useful, and—if you please—as ornamental in society and at home as my individual limitations will permit. I have no wrongs, no grievances, no crying need to usurp lines of work that will break down the barriers God has set between men and women. I am not in rebellion against legal statutes, nor the canons of well-established decency and refinement in feminine usage, and, finally, I am so inordinately proud of being a well-born Southern woman, with a full complement of honorable great-grandfathers and blue-blooded, stainless great-grandmothers that I have neither pretext nor inclination to revolt against mankind."


Augusta Jane Evans, Devota

Repentance and Forgiveness

If we truly come to God for mercy, the greatness of our sin will be no impediment to pardon. ... The proper use of this subject is, to encourage sinners whose consciences are burdened with a sense of guilt, immediately to go to God through Christ for mercy. If you go in [this manner], the arms of mercy are open to embrace you. You need not be at all the more fearful of coming because of your sins, let them be ever so black. If you had as much guilt lying on each of your souls as all the wicked men in the world, and all the damned souls in hell; yet if you come to God for mercy, sensible of your own vileness, and seeking pardon only through the free mercy of God in Christ, you would not need to be afraid; the greatness of your sins would be no impediment to your pardon. Therefore, if your souls be burdened, and you are distressed for fear of hell, you need not bear that burden and distress any longer. If you are but willing, you may freely come and unload yourselves, and cast all your burdens on Christ, and rest in him.

Jonathan Edwards

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Rebellion

It is altogether man's nature to seek praise for that which he did not render, to climb that which is not his own, to favor his own vain imagination and counsel, and to take pleasure in his own image.

sarah jones

Friday, January 30, 2009

His Purposes

God often takes a course for accomplishing His purposes directly contrary to what our narrow views would prescribe. He brings a death upon our feelings, wishes and prospects when He is about to give us the desire of our hearts.

John Newton