An example of how reading LOTR helped me understand a lesson the Lord was teaching me.
“Stale godliness is ungodliness. Let our religion be as warm, and constant, and natural as the flow of the blood in our veins. A living God must be served in a living way.” – Charles Spurgeon
Spiritual Gifts: Given by Grace, For the Good of the Body, Used In Humility.
“fragility is a gift that we don’t see;
brought to life by the stones that wreck the sea”
– Porcelain, Tow’rs
The source of light had left, but evidence of its existence was all around. The clouds reflected a reddish hue into the dimming blue sky. A dark pink line hung right above the mountains where the sun had just been, and a bright golden glow hung just over that. When I pulled my eyes away from the sky, I watched the wildflowers blowing in the wind, looked around at the trees covering the mountain range, and noticed the tall grass tickling my legs… All evidence of the sun’s work.
“‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.’
My peace. I am not creating your peace. I am sharing with you my peace. I am bringing you into my peace.
Your peace, Jesus? They are about to kill you. What kind of peace is that?
Perfect peace — with my Father. Tomorrow I will go to the cross, and there I will open the door for my sheep to enter my peace with my Father. I will satisfy his justice, and I will purchase your forgiveness, and I will provide your righteousness. And I will bring you into the very peace that I enjoy with my Father.”
– John Piper
“The other wives and I talked together one night about the possibility of becoming widows. What would we do? God gave us peace of heart, and confidence that whatever might happen, His Word would hold. We knew that ‘when He putteth forth His sheep, He goeth before them.’ God’s leading was unmistakable up to this point. Each of us knew that when we married our husbands that there would never be any question about who came first – God and His work held first place in each life. It was the condition of true discipleship; it became devastatingly meaningful now.”
– Elisabeth Elliot, Through Gates of Splendor
“I am convinced without a doubt that a loving Heavenly Father oversees the creative miracles in the inner sanctum of each mother’s womb [Psalm 139], and that in His sovereignty there are no accidents. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Creator calls a butterfly. As humanity we see only the imperfect, underside of God’s tapestry of our lives. What we judge to be ‘tragic – the most dreaded thing that could happen,’ I expect we’ll one day see as the awesome reason for the beauty and uniqueness of our life and our family.” – Judy Squier
So then I told Him all of my doubts and feelings of inadequacy again. I told Him that I didn’t think I could do it. He told me, “Not in your own human strength, no. You weren’t meant to do this alone. But it’s in your weakness that My strength is made known. I’ve given you a heart of compassion and a heart of love, and that’s what’s going to get you through.”