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.

Sorry to be a little late with this. I try to have it up before bedtime the night before, but we played a new game with the family last night, got done around 11, and my brain was fried. 🙂 It was fun, though.

Here are some poignant quotes from the last week:

I mentioned this one in Saturday’s post, but wanted to highlight it again here. From Praying Past Our Preferred Outcomes.

To go deeper than praying only for deliverance means that we approach prayer not as a tool to manipulate God to get what we want, but as a way to submit to what he wants. ~ Nancy Guthrie

The gist of the article is that we usually pray for deliverance from trials and problems, but sometimes God has something He wants to teach us or accomplish first. Another quote:

What would happen if we allowed Scripture to provide the outcomes we prayed toward? What if we expanded our prayers from praying solely for healing and deliverance and success to praying that God would use the suffering and disappointment and dead ends in our lives to accomplish the purposes he has set forth in Scripture? Scripture provides us with a vocabulary for expanding our prayers for hurting people far beyond our predetermined positive outcomes. Instead of praying only for relief, we begin to pray that the glory of God’s character would be on display in our lives and the lives of those for whom we are praying. We pray for the joy of discovering that the faith we have given lip service to over a lifetime is the real deal. We ask God to use the difficulty to make us less self-reliant and more God-reliant. Rather than only begging him to remove the suffering in our loved ones’ lives, we ask him to make them spiritually fruitful in the midst of suffering he chooses not to remove.

And from the song “See, What a Morning” about Resurrection Day:

Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered!

That’s been ringing through my mind through yesterday and this morning.

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.

5 thoughts on “The Week in Words

  1. I loved that article by Nancy Guthrie. Prayer should be so much more than giving God a to-do list. I know I am uncomfortable when someone asks me to pray for a specified outcome, leaving no wiggle room for God to give them an even BETTER outcome.

    What was the new game??? Must have been a good one. 🙂

    • Galactic Emperor. It was something my youngest and oldest sons used to play with friends in SC, and youngest son got it for Christmas but we hadn’t played it as a family — we were hooked on variations of Catan there for a while. The first time through any new game is kind of long and tedious til we start catching on, but next time we’ll know a little better what we’re doing. I don’t do so well with games where you expand your territory by advancing on other people’s because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. 🙂 I would not have made a good explorer or conqueror!

      So true that when we only pray for one outcome we may be missing the better purposes God had in mind. That’s hard to hang on to when all we want is deliverance, but I need to remind myself of it often.

  2. We sang that song yesterday in church. I saw you had it on your blog yesterday — perfect for Easter!

    Nancy Guthrie is an author I’d like to get to know. Every quote of hers I’ve seen piques my interest.

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