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.

Before I share some of the quotes that I came across this week, I wanted to ask if those of you who pray might ask the Lord to heal my foot. A little raw place rubbed my new shoes somehow got infected and then developed cellulitis. We went to the ER Sat. night and I was given antibiotics and released to go home and keep my feet up. I’m supposed to go back to the ER if it gets worse, and they’ll start iv antibiotics. I’ve been debating all Sunday whether to go back or not, but I want to give the antibiotics I have a chance to kick in and work. I’d appreciate your prayers both for wisdom and healing.

Now, on to the quotes collected for this week:

From an Elisabeth Elliot e-mail devotional:

Because a thing is unpleasant, it is folly to conclude it ought not to be. There are powers to be born, creations to be perfected, sinners to be redeemed, through the ministry of pain, to be born, perfected, redeemed, in no other way. ~ George MacDonald, What’s Mine’s Mine

Seen at Quill Cottage:

The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination. ~ Terri Guillemets

I like that on a number of levels.

And I think I saw this on John Piper’s Twitter feed:

New laws don’t make new hearts.

Very true. Only God’s grace can cause a true change of heart. Laws are good and necessary, but in a sense they just point up the need for a change of heart. If hearts were right, we wouldn’t need laws.

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 I hope you’ll leave a comment here, even if you don’t have any quotes to share.

7 thoughts on “The Week in Words

  1. Good morning, Barbara. The MacDonald quote is astute. So often I judge a person based on his present situation, not thinking about the potential he could have after being touched by God.

  2. Careful with that foot! Are you diabetic? I am, and so I worry extra when a foot infection starts. I’ll certainly pray, Barbara.

    “A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think out-loud.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

  3. So sorry about the infection. Sending up a prayer right now.

    I like that quip about new laws not making new hearts. And of course I love the George MacDonald. I do think he had a special level of insight into spiritual realities; I always find him challenging.

  4. Oh Barbara, I’m so sorry to hear about your foot. I will be praying and watching for an update. Hope it is better very soon.

    Love that George MacDonald quote. So true, despite how often I wish unpleasant things would just go away.

    Thanks for hosting. I know I don’t chime in often, but I’m always glad it’s here!

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