On Facing a Plague

May 20, 2020

“What a grandeur of spirit it is to struggle with all the powers of an unshaken mind against so many onsets of devastation and death! What sublimity, to stand erect amid the desolation of the human race, and not to lie prostrate with those who have no hope in God; but rather to rejoice, and to embrace the benefit of the occasion; that in thus bravely showing forth our faith, and by suffering endured, going forward to Christ by the narrow way that Christ trod, we may receive the reward of His life and faith according to His own judgment!”

– Cyprian of Carthage (200-258), De Mortalitate

Hidden with Christ

January 4, 2020

“I lost fear in the black belt [of Alabama] when I began to know in my bones and sinews that I had been truly baptized into the Lord’s death and Resurrection, that in the only sense that really matters I am already dead, and my life is hid with Christ in God.”

Jonathan Myrick Daniels (1939-1965), Seminarian and Martyr

Persevere in Prayer

November 8, 2019

“God’s timing is not ours to command. If we do not start the fire with the first strike of our match, we must try again. God does hear our prayer, but He may not answer it at the precise time we have appointed in our own minds. Instead, He will reveal Himself to our seeking hearts, though not necessarily when and where we may expect. Therefore we have a need for perseverance and steadfast determination in our life of prayer.”

– Theodore L. Cuyler, Streams in the Desert

The Solid Rock

November 1, 2019

“When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.”

– Edward Mote (1797-1874)

Hedges

October 25, 2019

“The hedges, or hindrances, are right for us or He will quickly remove them. And doesn’t it stand to reason that whatever seems to block our way may also provide for our protection?”

– Frances Ridley Havergal, Streams in the Desert

Amazing Grace

April 24, 2019

“The Lord has promised good to me;
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.”

– John Newton (1725-1807)

My Security

April 1, 2019

“Jesus Christ is not my security against the storms of life, but he is my perfect security in the storms. He has never promised me an easy passage, only a safe landing.”

– L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert

Walking in the Dark with God

March 31, 2019

“Beloved, never try to get out of a dark place except in God’s timing and in his way. A time of trouble and darkness is meant to teach you lessons you desperately need. Premature deliverance may circumvent God’s work of grace in your life. Commit the entire situation to him, and be willing to abide in darkness, knowing he is present. Remember, it is better to walk in the dark with God than to walk alone in the light.”

– L.B. Cowman, Streams in the Desert

Gold

March 5, 2019

“When he is at work in the north, I do not see him;
when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.

But he knows the way that I take;
when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”

– Job 23:9-10

A Safe Place for Sad People

October 2, 2016

“May I be bold enough to say that a church that only knows how to pray for suffering to be removed and knows nothing of praying for it to be redeemed is not a safe church for sad people.”

– Nancy Guthrie, 6 Ways to Make Your Church a Safe Place for Sad People, April 2011