The Week in Words Melissa at Breath of Life hosts a weekly carnival called The Week In Words,which involves sharing some words from your reading. Melissa explains,

“Playing along is simple, just write a post of the quote(s) that spoke to you during the week (attributed, of course) and link back here [at Melissa‘s]. They can be from any written source, i.e. magazine, newspaper, blog, book. The only requirement is that they be words you read.”

Here are a few things that stood out to me this week:

From Elisabeth Elliot’s book On Asking God Why as quoted in the daily e-mail devotional:

There are those who insist that it is a very bad thing to question God. To them, “Why?” is a rude question. That depends, I believe, on whether it is an honest search, in faith, for his meaning, or whether it is a challenge of unbelief and rebellion. The psalmist often questioned God and so did Job. God did not answer the questions, but he answered the man–with the mystery of himself.

He has not left us entirely in the dark. We know a great deal more about his purposes than poor old Job did, yet Job trusted him. He is not only the Almighty–Job’s favorite name for him. He is also our Father, and what a father does is not by any means always understood by the child. If he loves the child, however, the child trusts him. It is the child’s ultimate good that the father has in mind. Terribly elementary. Yet I have to be reminded of this when, for example, my friend suffers, when a book I think I can’t possibly do without is lost, when a manuscript is worthless.

From the same source, a quote she included which I’ve found all too true in myself:

Sir Joshua Reynolds wrote, “There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.”

From the chapter “A Wife’s Responsibility to Help Her Husband” by Barbara Hughes in Becoming God’s True Woman:

No one wants to play second fiddle. But the fact is, without a second violin there is no harmony.

From Mrs. Dunwoody’s Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping (I quoted extensively from this book in a review here):

She taught that women were not just doing chores, they were creating — creating a home, a place of security, warmth, contentment, and affection (p. xii).

From a friend’s Facebook wall:

I have cast my anchor in the port of peace, knowing that present and future are in nail-pierced hands –Valley of Vision

From the Facebook wall of a friend battling cancer:

As we remember the lovingkindness of the Lord, we see how good it was to find our own strength fail us, since it drove us to the strong for strength. ~ Spurgeon

What interesting finds have you come across in your reading this week?

9 thoughts on “The Week in Words

  1. Sir Joshua Reynolds wrote, “There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.”

    Oh wow, that is so true. I love this quote!

    And the last quote you shared really spoke to my heart as well.

  2. I find things that are relevant and of interest to me all the time… but I don’t ever think to jot them down or make note of them… I just ponder them at the moment and then move on…

  3. Terrific choices! All ‘struck a chord’ with me. I especially like the last two…..The imagery of the ‘port of peace’ one and the truth of the Spurgeon quote. Truths that bring peace and comfort.

    • All of these are great–thanks for sharing. I don’t even think I can comment on any of them now specifically–they all just beg contemplation.

      Oh, and thanks for not spilling the beans about Sydney Carton! 🙂

  4. Very nice quotes! I especially love Elisabeth Elliot’s timely wisdom. But this was nice too: “No one wants to play second fiddle. But the fact is, without a second violin there is no harmony.” Well said Barbara Hughes. (A wonderful author.)

    I’ve posted a couple of quotes too. When you get a chance, come take a peek. (Friday Fave Five)

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