Quotes to Ponder
The Refreshment of Caring
I wanted to get away from it all. I painted a picture in my mind. A seaside cottage, waves gently lapping against the shore, a warm breeze blowing through lace curtains, pretty cut flowers set in a vase on a table out on the back porch, the sweet laughter and talk of my children playing in the sand, the turning of the newspaper pages by my dear husband, and I sit sipping a cup of tea while reading a favorite novel. My final stroke said, "and not a care in the world."
I don't want to get away from it all. I do want to care! I want to hear about my husband's day at work. I want to be there when my children need my help to do the right thing. I want to stand with friends that are sick, in pain, going through tough times. I want to lift my voice in prayer, to listen with compassion, to have a word of encouragement, to give a hug full of unconditional love.
I was reminded of Romans 7:23-25 where Paul writes ...
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
It's not wrong to want a nice vacation in a lovely setting with my dear family, but I have to be careful not to want to run away from my everyday life. In The Bondage Breaker, Neil Anderson writes ...
Everything is good and lawful for us because we are free from sin and no longer under the condemnation of the law. But Paul also knew that if we irresponsibly floorboard our lives in any of these good and lawful directions we will eventually run the red light of God's will, and that's sin.
In her wonderful book, Discipline: The Glad Surrender, Elisabeth Elliot writes some more about "The Discipline of the Mind" ...
A renewed mind has an utterly changed conception, not only of reality, but of possibility. A turn away from the kingdom of this world to the Kingdom of God provides a whole set of values based not on the human word, but on Christ's. Impossibilities become possibilities.
I received a letter in the mail last week from Mrs. Elliot (not a personal one, but one about a tape series). She starts by quoting Proverbs 11:25 - "He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." She continues by writing ...
Do you often feel like parched ground, unable to produce anything worthwhile? I do. When I am in need of refreshment, it isn't easy to think of the needs of others. But I have found that if, instead of praying for my own comfort and satisfaction, I ask the Lord to enable me to give to others, an amazing thing often happens--I find my own needs wonderfully met. Refreshment comes in ways I would never have thought of, both for others, and then, incidentally, for myself.
In my longing to "get away from it all" I did not find refreshment, but self-pity. It was the desire to care, which comes from Christ, that brought me refreshment. I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. - Romans 12:2
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; - 2 Corinthians 10:5
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. - 2 Corinthians 5:17
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. - John 8:32
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. - Colossians 3:2
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
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Discipline : The Glad Surrender
by Elisabeth Elliot
I love all of Elisabeth Elliot's books, but this has to be one of my very favorites. Included are chapters on the discipline of the body, mind, place, time, possessions, work, feelings. Elisabeth Elliot says if we're always frantic and frustrated, harried and harassed, and "hassled,", it's a sign that we're running on our own schedule, not God's. Jesus said *His* burden is light, and it's only when we carry additional burdens that He never meant us to carry that weigh us down. A book to be read, digested, then read again and shared with others! --Tamara Eaton
The Bondage Breaker
by Neil T. Anderson
A dear friend recommended this book to me. I first got it from the library, but never got past chapter 2. Then a few weeks ago I was in a Christian bookstore and spotted it. As I read it, I realized the perfect timing of the Lord. It is a practical book which will guide you through Scripture to discover your freedom from sin through Christ and Christ's victory over sin which is yours today. -- Kathy Ridpath
"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."