The Week In Words

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.

Just a further note — if you’ve posted a quote on your blog this past week, feel free to link it here as well. You don’t have to save it for Mondays. :) And please do read and comment even if you’re not posting quotes.

Here are a few I’ve read in various places:

From Elisabeth Elliot’s e-mail devotional, this one taken from a chapter titled “The Fear of Loss” in A Lamp For My Feet:

But to grasp [God’s blessings] selfishly and greedily, to hang onto them fiercely and allow myself to be enslaved by the fear of losing them, is to deny Christ. Do not fear, He says to us. I am with you.

I have to say, I have struggled with that — feeling the need to grasp fiercely some of God’s blessings for fear of losing them instead of trusting Him to give, to allow me to have as long as He sees fit and take away as He deems necessary. How much more restful it is just to trust Him.

Seen at girltalk:

“[Feminism] is mixed up with a muddled idea that women are free when they serve their employers but slaves when they help their husbands.” “. –G.K. Chesterton, The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton, vol. 4, p. 440.

Also seen at girltalk:

“Marriage is a vocation. It is a task to which you are called. If it is a task, it means you work at it. It is not something which happens. You hear the call, you answer, you accept the task, you enter into it willingly and eagerly, you commit yourself to its disciplines and responsibilities and limitations and privileges and joys. You concentrate on it, giving yourself to it day after day in a lifelong Yes.” –Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman, p. 102

Seen on David McGuire‘s Facebook status:

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. ~ Raymond Chandler

From today’s reading in Our Daily Walk by F. B. Meyer commenting on the verse “Exercise thyself unto godliness” (I. Timothy 4:7):

Probably the trials and temptations of life are intended to give us that inward training which shall bring our spiritual muscles into play. In each of us there is much unused force; many moral and spiritual faculties, which would never be used, if it were not for the wrestling which we are compelled to take up with principalities and powers, with difficulty and sorrow.

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5 thoughts on “The Week In Words

  1. Pingback: WiW: On men and pigs « bekahcubed

  2. I think my favorites of the ones you’ve listed are Elisabeth Elliot’s. She does have such a good way of focusing my thoughts on the right things.

    I’ve come across so many great quotes in the book I’m reading that I can’t choose which ones to share. I’m thinking about doing a reading journal kind of thing with it over the next week or so.

  3. My best quote this week came from my diet Bible study. It was Mother Theresa … she said…

    I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one. As Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.” So I begin. I picked up one person… The whole work is only a drop in the ocean. But if we don’t put the drop in, the ocean would be one drop less. Same thing in your family. Same thing in the church where you go. Just begin… one, one, one!”

    How I LOVED that woman!!!

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