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.

Here are a few that spoke to me this week:

This is from an Elisabeth Elliot e-mail devotional taken from a a chapter called “God’s Hep For God’s Assignment” taken from the book A Lamp For My Feet:

Sometimes a task we have begun takes on seemingly crushing size, and we wonder what ever gave us the notion that we could accomplish it. There is no way out, no way around it, and yet we cannot contemplate actually carrying it through. The rearing of children or the writing of a book are illustrations that come to mind. Let us recall that the task is a divinely appointed one, and divine aid is therefore to be expected. Expect it! Ask for it, wait for it, believe that God gives it. Offer to Him the job itself, along with your fears and misgivings about it. He will not fail or be discouraged. Let his courage encourage you. The day will come when the task will be finished. Trust Him for it.

“For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded, therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed” (Is 50:7 AV).

I’ve certainly been there; you?

This was seen at the M.O.B. (Mother of Boys) Society:

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world” – John Milton

This was from one of Claudia Barba’s “Monday Morning Club” newsletter:

Are you annoyed this morning by the wrench some monkey has thrown into your careful plan for today? Relax and remember: interruptions aren’t hindrances to ministry. They are ministry.

From Ann Voskamp, on being out of our comfort zones:

It’s only in the uncomfortable places that we can experience the tenderness of the Comforter.

This is from a devotional titled The Invitation by Derick Bingham. commenting on John 4:6:

Christ  experienced the limitations of human life. Here He is wearied with His journey. It is worth remembering that human life does have its limitations. We cannot, as human beings, be everywhere and do everything. Much better to understand that certain things in life are not for us and to concentrate on the things in life that are. Christ was weary in doing His Father’s will but He was not weary of it. In coming to fulfill His Father’s will He had put himself under its limitations. So must we if we would know contentment. In Christian service you can feel limited and weary in what you can do but you can also know deep contentment that nothing else can bring.

This reminded me of a post I wrote very early on my blog about Limitations and how they define rather than hinder our ministry.

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!

7 thoughts on “The Week In Words

  1. Yes, I have been there too. And often. So I love this quote. I need to copy it into my own notes somewhere:

    “Let us recall that the task is a divinely appointed one, and divine aid is therefore to be expected. Expect it! Ask for it, wait for it, believe that God gives it.”

  2. Thanks for the E.E. quote. I am feeling that way about the care packages right now! (LMF, in general) Needed the reminder about His divine aid. He has been so gracious to me already. Why am I so quick to take things back from His control?

  3. You have so many wonderful quotes today–I hardly know where to comment! But I love the one by Elisabeth Elliott as well–I often feel that way, that the task I have been given is too great, too difficult, too utterly impossible. Yet what God gives me to do, He also gives me the strength to do. And so I must “set my face like flint.”

    Thanks for the reminder!!

  4. Elisabeth and Claudia’s quotes are powerful, and they are exactly what I need today — especially for the fact that I got a late late start to my day.

    Have a blessed day!

  5. Nice, nice quotes, Barbara. Makes me think I haven’t done very profound reading this week, as nothing pithy is coming to mind. I also loved Elisabeth Elliott’s quote, and the two illustrations of things that are just too hard — writing a book and rearing children. Perfect 🙂

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