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.

Also, 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.

I am so very sorry to be so late with this today! I sometimes work on this post on Sunday evenings, but after Skyping Jeremy (or Skyping with Jeremy? Not sure how to say that) last night, I fell asleep on the couch until about 2 a.m., and then went to bed. Then this morning I laid back down for a little while…and then it turned into a long while. And then I woke up to several phone calls that needed attention. I hope I am not coming down with Jesse’s cold.

Anyway, on with the quotes!

From Janet‘s sidebar:

Goethe once wrote in a letter that “there are three kinds of reader: one, who enjoys without judgment; a third, who judges without enjoyment; and one between them who judges as he enjoys and enjoys as he judges. This latter kind really reproduces the work of art anew” (quoted in Alan Jacobs’ A Theology of Reading).

I don’t know how long you’ve had that there. Janet, but it just jumped out at me last week. I am not sure how “judging” is meant there, but I took it to mean thinking. analyzing, discerning, and I like to think I am the third kind of reader.

From this post via a friend’s Facebook status:

The gardener’s sharp-edged knife promotes the fruitfulness of the tree, by thinning the clusters, and by cutting off superfluous shoots. So is it, Christian, with that pruning which the Lord gives to thee. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

That, of course, echoes John 15:1-2: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”

From another friend’s Facebook status:

Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet.

I have to admit I too often do that. Sometimes a delay to pray about something can be a delay to obey what I already know the Lord wants me to do, or sometimes I am praying for guidance when I am reluctant or even not yet willing to go in the direction that might be the answer.

This was from Laura writing at Kindred Heart Writers:

Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.
– Leonard Cohen

That cracked me up but also illustrated a great truth, that none of us is perfect and that God’s grace shining through the cracks can glorify Himself.

And finally, from Elisabeth Elliot‘s book A Lamp For My Feet quoted in one of her e-mail devotionals:

But my limitations, placing me in a different category from Tom Howard’s or anyone else’s, become, in the sovereignty of God, gifts. For it is with the equipment that I have been given that I am to glorify God. It is this job, not that one, that He gave me.

I had quoted that once years ago in regard to physical limitations, but Elisabeth was mentioning it in regard to talents, abilities, and opportunities. It applies as well to time and any other type of limitation — whatever it is is allowed by God and is the framework in which He wants us to glorify Him, rather than chafing or wasting time wishing things were different.

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.

12 thoughts on “The Week In Words

  1. I like to think I’m the third kind of reader, too. I definitely enjoy but I definitely have to judge at the same time. Discerning readers – that’s what we are. 🙂 You found lots of good quotes again. I always enjoy reading them.

  2. My apologies for the crowded spacing in a couple of places. I am not sure why it is like that — I have tried multiple ways to fix it, but it keeps reverting back to that format.

  3. Fabulous quotes, as always Barbara! I especially like the quote from Goethe. I recall a college professor teaching us to read “critically.” I think I do a little of all three types of reading.

    And moving our feet… yes how true! Aren’t we guilty of asking for God’s help, but not acting on his answers? Tweetable!

    I am going to link a post I put up earlier this week… about a Women of Faith conference. It’s basically all quotes of notes from the sessions. If that doesn’t fit your meme criteria, not a problem. You can simply delete it!

    And here’s one more great quote for you:

    “Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echos are truly endless.”~Mother Teresa

    Blessings, e-Mom ღ

  4. I always love Elisabeth Elliot. I tend to hear her words in that quiet voice of hers, which lends them even more weight.

    Thanks for the link. 🙂 Maybe I’ll put that quote back in the sidebar… I do like how it makes enjoyment such a key part of understanding what we read. (I read “judging” to mean the same as what you describe.)

  5. I have lately been thinking about asking the Lord to guide me when I am not willing to follow. I have also been thinking of my wish to be a leader when I have lately been unwilling to follow. I think God is making a break though here.

  6. Great quotes my friend. The spacing on WP usually happens, what I’ve found when you center text. You can get around that by using the following code in your post:

    So you would insert the paragraph just after the centered text between the two ><

    That should insert a blank line.

    Hope it helps.

    🙂

  7. Your explanation for why your post was late sounds familiar to me–laying back down for a little while that turns into a long while? Yep. I can identify with that one.

    The “move your feet” quote is good. I think I do the same thing–I often tend to “pray about” things just a little longer than necessary. (And the prayers are more like “God, are you sure that’s what you want me to do?”)

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