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.

It’s going to be hard to narrow down my choices this week to a manageable number — I have about a dozen I’ve saved through the week! But I’ll do my best to focus on a few and save the rest for another time.

From a friend’s Facebook:

If you mourn the fallenness of your world rather than curse its difficulties, you know grace has visited you. ~ Paul David Tripp

It’s too easy for me to get gripey rather than seeing people as fallen, lost sheep without a shepherd.

From Diane‘s Facebook:

We carefully count others’ offenses against us, but we rarely consider what others may suffer because of us. ~ Thomas a Kempis

I think if we thought more of our offenses rather than others’, it would help us be less prone to offend and more gracious towards those who offend us.

Also from Diane:

“Every day God patiently bears with us, and every day we are tempted to become impatient with our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. And our faults and failures before God are so much more serious than the petty actions of others that tend to irritate us! God calls us to graciously bear with the weaknesses of others, tolerating them and forgiving them even as He has forgiven us.” (from the book The Practice of Godliness, pg 174 by Jerry Bridges)

I forgot to note where I saw this:

Send out the heat of piety into your house, and let all the neighbours participate in the blessing….. “The joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.” The joy of the Lord should be observed throughout our neighbourhood, and many who might otherwise have been careless of true religion will then enquire, “What makes these people glad, and creates such happy households?” Your joy shall thus be God’s missionary. ~ Spurgeon

Love that last line.

Finally, this blessed me from Lisa’s post about her infant daughter who passed away 18 years ago:

We’ll have all the time we need when time runs out.

What comfort when we want another hug, a conversation. just more time with a loved one who has gone on: some day we will have all the time we could want.

You can share your family-friendly quotes 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 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.

7 thoughts on “The Week in Words

  1. Hi Barbara,

    I’m going to link and run tonight. I’ll be back tomorrow to read and reflect on you quotes. I’ve quoted YOU in my post today… (Problems? Let me know.)

    Hugs, e-Mom

  2. Thomas a Kempis quote is a major ouch. How often do I really consider what MY sin is doing to someone else?

    I love the Spurgeon quote, especially this line: “Your joy shall thus be God’s missionary.” Beautiful.

    Enjoyed e-Mom’s article prompted by your question. Good stuff in the questions and in the answers.

  3. If you mourn the fallenness of your world rather than curse its difficulties, you know grace has visited you. ~ Paul David Tripp

    Wonderful!!! There have been times when I’ve done both; mourned and cursed. Working on doing more mourning than cursing. Thank God for His grace …

    Blessings, e-Mom

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