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 thought-provoking quotes I came across this week:

Seen at Carrie’s review of  Growing Grateful Kids, by Susie Larson:

“We cannot grow beyond our ability to receive correction.” Francis Frangipane

I have never heard of Frangipane before and know nothing about him, but, wow, that one hit me between the eyes. Taking correction really goes against the grain, but how else will we be alerted to our blind spots? The Bible had much to say about being willing to receive correction and rebuke.

Seen at Robin Lee Hatcher‘s Facebook page:

Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death. ~ Betty Bender

I sure can identify with that, and it helps to know others have felt the same way. I used to think being scared to death meant I shouldn’t do whatever it was I was scared of….but that’s not necessarily true.

I saw this while looking in my downloaded documents section. It was on a page of tips on prayer along with prayer requests for missionary Anne Dreisbach. I don’t know if this is something she said or if it is quoted from someone else:

Such as cast their eye on the promise, with a neglect of the command, are not edified by Scripture, as they look more for comfort than for duty.

I can tend to do that — scan a passage for the promises and comfort while touching lightly on the warnings or commands. But we can’t have one without the others.

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 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. I usually try to visit everyone who comments, but often I forget to check Mr. Linky for those who participated but didn’t comment.

8 thoughts on “The Week in Words

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  2. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
    C. S. Lewis

  3. That last one (“Such as cast their eye on the promise, with a neglect of the command, are not edified by Scripture…”) got me thinking. It truly is a matter of not being able to have one without the other. I grew up reading the Bible for the commands–busy like the Pharisees itemizing commands so I could check items off my list and somehow attain the perfection I sought. It was only when I truly realized the promise of Christ having already fulfilled all those commands that I was able to let go of my pointless striving and start living a life of worship to God (paradoxically resting on the promises of God at the same time as working out my salvation).

    I also enjoyed Brian’s quote from C.S. Lewis (above).

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