Monday, August 8, 2011

Visionary Monday: The place for growth

A hard week often results in frustration and discontentment for most. The flesh can try to fight through the hardships of life, but that is like trying to swim upstream. I want to be like the leaf on the surface of a quick moving river, surrendered to the current, and safe in all the river's guiding. To be like that in my Father's hands is my only prayer. Sometimes, home is the most difficult and, yet, most appropriate place to learn this.

“But the true idea of a home is that it is a place for growth...It is a place for children to grow – to grow into physical vigor and health and to be trained in all that shall make them true and noble men and women.

“. . . A true home set up and all its life ordered for the definite purpose of preparing and sending out human lives fashioned into symmetry, filled with lofty impulses and aspirations, governed by principles of rectitude and honor and fitted to enter upon the duties and struggles of life with wisdom and strength.”

~ J.R. Miller

"Christ is building His kingdom with earth's broken things. Men want only the strong, the successful, the victorious, the unbroken, in building their kingdoms; but God is the God of the unsuccessful, of those who have failed. Heaven is filling with earth's broken lives, and there is no bruised reed that Christ cannot take and restore to glorious blessedness and beauty. He can take the life crushed by pain or sorrow and make it into a harp whose music shall be all praise. He can lift earth's saddest failure up to heaven's glory." ~ J.R. Miller

When we are foiled, let us believe we shall overcome; when we have fallen, let us believe we shall rise again. Jacob, after he received a blow which made him lame, yet would not give over wrestling (Gen. 32:25) till he had obtained the blessing. So let us never give up, but, in our thoughts knit the beginning, progress and end together, and then we shall see ourselves in heaven out of the reach of all enemies. ~ Richard Sibbes

For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. ~ 2 Cor 1:20-22