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He Giveth More Grace
A Peace That Cometh After Sorrow
Afraid? Of What?
A Bend in the Road
I Arise Today
He Hideth My Soul
Tell Me Again, Lord, I Forget
and interspersed quotes, not linked

He Giveth More Grace
Annie Flint Johnson
He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials he multiplies peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

A Peace that Cometh after Sorrow
Jessie Rose Gates
There is a peace that cometh after sorrow,
Of hope surrendered, not of hope fulfilled;
A peace that looketh not upon tomorrow,
But calmly on a tempest that it stilled.
A peace that lives not now in joy's excesses,
Nor in the happy life of love secure;
But in the unerring strength the heart possesses,
Of conflicts won while learning to endure.
A peace there is, in sacrifice secluded,
A life subdued, from will and passion free;
Tis not the peace that over Eden brooded,
But that which triumphed in Gethsemane.

“Indeed if we consider the unblushing promise of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
C.S. Lewis

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Afraid? Of What?
by E. H Hamilton, inspired by friend & martyred missionary Jack Vinson
Afraid? Of What?
To feel the spirit’s glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid – of that?
Afraid? Of What?
Afraid to see the Savior’s face
To hear His welcome, and to trace
The glory gleam from wounds of grace?
Afraid – of that?
Afraid? Of What?
A flash, a crash, a pierced heart;
Darkness, light, O Heaven’s art!
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid – of that?
Afraid? Of What?
To do by death what life could not –
Baptize with blood a stony plot,
Till souls shall blossom from the spot?
Afraid – of that?

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By Dr. Warren Wiersbe
When the child of God
Looks into the Word of God
And sees the Son of God
She/he is changed by the Spirit of God
Into the image of God
For the glory of God

"The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence, and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has."
Hamilton Wright Mabie

-- and I would add to that – it’s what you will do with what God Himself has given you for right now – it’s not up to us to decide what would be better for us, after all, what is better for us than the situation God in His great wisdom & mercy & love has us in right now?
Which reminds me of Kay Arthur’s illustration when she takes off her ring & says, “you are the ring, and God is the hand” and she puts the ring in her palm & closes her hand securely around it and says “nothing can touch you that is not filtered through His fingers of love.”

“We ought to give thanks for all fortune: If it is ‘good’ because it is good, if ‘bad’ because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.”
C.S. Lewis

Blessed Assurance
Fanny Crosby
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

Am I building up the body of Christ, or am I only concerned about my own personal development? The essential thing is my personal relationship with Jesus Christ— ". . . that I may know Him. . ." (Phil 3:10). To fulfill God’s perfect design for me requires my total surrender— complete abandonment of myself to Him. Whenever I only want things for myself, the relationship is distorted. And I will suffer great humiliation once I come to acknowledge and understand that I have not really been concerned about realizing Jesus Christ Himself, but only concerned with knowing what He has done for me.
My goal is God Himself, not joy nor peace, Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.
Am I measuring my life by this standard or by anything less?
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest

In John Bunyan’s allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, he writes of the journey of “Christian” from the wilderness of the world through to the Celestial City.
Near the end of this journey, Christian comes to a river, deep, and without a bridge. No way of escape is found, and Christan begins to despair, asking if every part of the river is deep. He is told that he “would find it deeper or shallower as [he] believed in the King of the place.”
Fellow traveler “Hopeful” encourages Christian, “Brother, I see the gate. The men are standing to receive us. . . These troubles and distresses that you go through in these waters are not a sign that God has forsaken you. They are sent to test you, to see if you will call to mind what you have received of His goodness and live on Him in your distress.
...Christian was thinking as Hopeful added these words, Be of good cheer, Jesus Christ makes you whole. With that Christian cried out in ta loud voice, I see him again and he tells me, ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you’ (Is. 43:2). Then they both took courage. After that the enemy was as still as a stone until they crossed over. Christian eventually found ground to stand on and the rest of the river was shallow. Thus they crossed over.”

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A Bend in the Road
Sometimes we come to life’s crossroads
And we view what we think is the end.
But God has a much wider vision
And He knows that it’s only a bend—
The road will go on and get smother
And after we’ve stopped for a rest,
The path that lies hidden beyond us
Is often the path that is best.
So rest and relax and grow stronger,
Let go and let God share your load
And have faith in a brighter tomorrow.
You’ve just come to a bend in the road.
David Jeremiah, from the book "A Bend in the Road"

I Arise Today
Saint Patrick
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me.

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
That shoadows a dry, thirsty land,
He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
And covers me there with His hand.
Fanny Crosby, He Hideth My Soul

Just today I read
That Paul and Silas were
Stripped and beaten
With wooden whips.
“Again and again the rods
Slashed across their bared backs”
But in their desolate dungeon
Their feet clamped in stocks
They prayed.
They sang.
They praised.
In this musty midnight of my life
Imprisoned in the dungeon of confusion
Bound by chains of anguish
Help me, please help me
To pray
To sing
To praise
Until the foundation shakes
Until the gates fling open
Until the chains fall off
Until I am free
To share the Good News
With other chain-bound prisoners.
Ruth Harms Calkin, Tell Me Again, Lord, I Forget

Heavenly Father, if I should suffer need, and go unclothed, and be in poverty,
make my heart prize Thy love, know it, be constrained by it, though I be denied all blessings.
It is Thy mercy to afflict and try me with wants, for by these trials I see my sins, and desire severance from them.
Let me willingly accept misery, sorrows, temptations, if I can thereby feel sin as the greatest evil, and be delivered from it with gratitude to Thee, acknowledging this as the highest testimony of Thy love.
When thy Son, Jesus, came into my soul instead of sin He became more dear to me than sin had formerly been; His kindly rule replaced sin's tyranny. Teach me to believe that if ever I would have any sin subdued I must not only labour to overcome it, but must invite Christ to abide in the place of it, and He must become to me more than vile lust had been; that His sweetness, power, life may be there. Thus I must seek a grace from Him contrary to sin, but must not claim it apart from Himself.
When I am afraid of evils to come, comfort me by showing me that in myself I am a dying, condemned wretch, but in Christ I am reconciled and live; that in myself I find insufficiency and no rest, but in Christ there is satisfaction and peace; that in myself I am feeble and unable to do good, but in Christ I have ability to do all things. Though now I have His graces in part, I shall shortly have them perfectly in that state where Thou wilt show Thyself fully reconciled, and alone sufficient, efficient, loving me completely, with sin abolished. O Lord, hasten that day.
from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett

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