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 couple that caught my eye this week:
From a friend’s Facebook:
“God delights to increase the faith of his children. We ought, instead of wanting no trials before victory, no exercise for patience, to be willing to take them from God’s hand as a means. Trials, obstacles, difficulties, and sometimes defeats, are the very food of faith.” ~ George Muller
I’m guilty of wanting more faith without wanting the situations that help to develop it. But that’s kind of like wanting to be fit without exercising.
This was at the beginning of a chapter in Goforth of China:
What Thou hast done and doest Thou know’st well.
And I will help Thee; gently in Thy fire
I will lie burning; on Thy potter’s wheel
I will whirl patient, though my brain should reel.
Thy grace shall be enough the grief to quell,
And growing strength perfect through weakness dire.~ George MacDonald
That’s not how I naturally feel, but may He give me grace to “whirl patient” in the Potter’s fire. Sometimes after a few trials in life we can tend to think, “OK, I’ve had my share, that should be it.” But as long as we live we’ll need continued shaping.
I hope you’ll visit some of the other participants as well and glean some great thoughts to ponder. And don’t forget to leave a comment here, even if you don’t have any quotes to share! 🙂