Posts Tagged ‘grace’

Grace

June 3, 2011

“Grace substitutes a full, childlike and delighted acceptance of our Need, a joy in total dependence. We become ‘jolly beggars.'”

– C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves, 1960

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To Live With Your Thorn

December 28, 2010

“God uses chronic pain and weakness, along with other afflictions, as his chisel for sculpting our lives. Felt weakness deepens dependence on Christ for strength each day. The weaker we feel, the harder we lean. And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow spiritually, even while our bodies waste away. To live with your ‘thorn’ uncomplainingly — that is, sweet, patient, and free in heart to love and help others, even though every day you feel weak — is true sanctification. It is true healing for the spirit. It is a supreme victory of grace.”

– J.I. Packer, God’s Plans for You, 2001

A Miracle

November 15, 2010

“A ‘no’ answer has purged sin from my life. It has strengthened my commitment to Him, forced me to depend on grace, bound me with other believers, produced discernment, fostered sensitivity, disciplined my mind, taught me to spend my time wisely, and widened my world beyond what I would have ever dreamed had I never had that accident in 1967.

My affliction has stretched my hope, made me know Christ better, helped me long for truth, led me to repentance of sin, goaded me to give thanks in times of sorrow, increased my faith, and strengthened my character.

Being in this wheelchair has meant knowing Him better and feeling His pleasure every day. If that doesn’t qualify as a miracle in your book, then may I say in all kindness, I prefer my book to yours.”

– Joni Eareckson Tada, A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty, 2010