The Week In Words

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Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week  inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read. More information is here.

If you have posted quotes over the last week, feel free to link them as well. You don’t have to wait for Monday to post them.

I collected several this week, and it is hard to choose from them! Here are a few:

From Lifenut:

Unboxing the Christmas decorations is like going to a reunion with old friends. You pick up where you left off.

That just hits the nail on the head. That’s one thing I love about decorating for Christmas, that and the family tales that go along with them.

Seen at girltalk:

“Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?” Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Isn’t that true? Instead of letting thoughts run rampant we need to “gird up the loins of [our] mind” (I Peter 1:13) and “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” (II Corinthians 10:5).

Seen at Outnumbered Mom:

“All happenings, great and small, are parables by which God speaks. The art of life is to get the message.” (Malcolm Muggeridge)

Seen on a friend’s Facebook status:

“Job’s desire to commune with God was intensified by the failure of all other sources of consolation… “O that I knew where I might find my God!” Nothing teaches us so much the preciousness of the Creator, as when we learn the emptiness of all besides…” C.H. Spurgeon

Sadly, it often takes us much too long to “learn the emptiness of all besides” — and it’s sad that too often we look for consolation and help everywhere else first. But sometimes I think God lets us just for the very reason Spurgeon said — that we might learn that emptiness and His preciousness.

This was quoted on our youth pastor’s Facebook:

If you have a problem with anger, you are told to memorize certain verses so that you can recite them in moments of anger. If you struggle with fear, you should read Scripture passages that focus on trusting God when you are afraid. This emphasis on thinking as the solution to our problems fails to introduce the Person who has come not only to change the way we think about life, but to change us as well. We are more than thinkers. We are worshipers who enter into relationship… How People Change by Timothy S. Lane, Paul David Tripp

I’ve not read the book. I have a little bit of a quibble with this one. I have been greatly helped by memorizing verses in problems areas, and I think that’s one way we renew our minds (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:22-24). However, if we’re looking up and reciting those verses to ourselves as just a kind of behavior modification, we’re missing out. I read this just after posting “That’s just the way I am” and rereading an earlier post titled The means of change, so my mind was on this topic anyway, and it just brought the focus back to Christ: it’s by beholding Him and worshiping Him that we’re truly changed and brought into a deeper relationship with Him.

And finally, this from A Blogger’s Prayer by Ann Voskamp. I encourage you to go over and read the whole thing:

Let my words be worthy of the greatest of audiences: You.
And You are enough.

May I write not for subscribers… but only for Thy smile.
May my daily affirmation be in the surety of my atonement,
not the size of my audience.
May my identity be in the innumerable graces of Christ,
never, God forbid, the numbers of my comments.
May the only words that matter in my life not be the ones I write on a screen —
but the ones I live with my skin.

I freely and heartily yield every sentence, every title, every post, every comment… or no comments… all to Thine pleasure and perfect will.

Amen.

If you’ve read anything that particularly spoke to you that you’d like to share, please either list it in the comments below or write a post on your blog and then put the link to that post (not your general blog link) in Mr. Linky below. I do ask that only family-friendly quotes be included. I hope you’ll visit some of the other participants as well and glean some great thoughts to ponder.

And please — feel free to comment even if you don’t have quotes to share!

8 thoughts on “The Week In Words

  1. The thing is, most people don’t realize that huge, yawning emptiness in their life needs Gods to fill it until after the fact. He alone fits and satisfies that void in our souls.

  2. I love the quote about talking vs. listening to ourselves. That’s really so true.

    The blogger’s prayer is cool. I think most of us blogging believers have faced everything it touches on at one time or another!

    I agree with your youth pastor about the whole scripture-passages-as-spells thing. I also agree with you that scripture is a source and standard of truth. Verses that redefine reality in God’s terms are so important. Yet we need not just verses but the relationship with God that provides the energy and motive and spiritual power to change. Verses alone are mere self-help.

  3. All your quotes are so good. “All happenings, great and small, are parables by which God speaks. The art of life is to get the message.” (Malcolm Muggeridge) I so want to ‘get the message.’ Sometimes He has to send me the same message over and over in different parables before I get that Aha! moment.

    Thanks for collecting and sharing these with us. Encouraging.

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  5. The thing I most enjoy about decorating our Christmas tree is renewing the memories of times past.

    My quote for today:

    “Santa Claus never died for anyone.

    Unknown

  6. You always have so many good quotes I don’t know where to start commenting! But I loved the one about Job and finding our only consolation in God. It reminds me of Romans 1, where the unbelievers worshipped and loved the created more than the creator–and so God gave them over to their uncleanness, with a continual lust for more. Yes, I too often find my source of consolation in the things of this earth–but I thank God that in His grace, He has enabled me to worship Him above all creation. Oh, that I might come to find Him as greater still!

  7. All good Barbara! I’ve read this one by MLJ before, but it makes SO much sense to me:

    “Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?” Martyn Lloyd-Jones

    Your quote from Malcom Muggeridge is also excellent. (He goes back a ways… used to enjoy his books.) It connects with a verse I saw in my BSF Bible study. (Heb 12:7)

    “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?”

    I’ve drafted a post to link up here next Monday. See you then (if not before)!

    Blessings, e-Mom

  8. “Unboxing the Christmas decorations is like going to a reunion with old friends. You pick up where you left off.” — Love love love this quote, that’s exactly how I feel! 🙂

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