Thursday, December 4, 2008


Some things to ponder --

To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do - to grit your teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst — is by that very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is more wonderful still. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed by the holy power that life itself comes from. You can even prevail on your own. But you cannot become human on your own. - Fredrick Buechner

I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am. - John Newton

Maybe when we truly trust God we are empowered to trust others, because the outcome of our trust -- for better or for worse -- is in God's providential hands.
- Jason Brian Santos

Not only do we not know God, except through Jesus Christ, we do not even know ourselves except through Jesus Christ. - Blaise Pascal

The issue of your ‘name’ is the concept of your essential being by which you live. God has His own name for us all. And to live out of your in-God-identity you must refuse the many names, labels, roles imposed on you. If the enemy can superimpose a ‘name’ on you . . . you have become who you are not.

This matter of identity is crucial to live for God in a hostile world. If you take your personhood from the world, you lose God. If you take on your 'new creation' - your new existence, the world cannot oppress you or own you.
- Martha Kilpatrick

I am more me now than I used to be.
- Angela

"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation."
2 Cor. 5:17


Becky Aguirre said...

I got it! I am so proud of myself...

I like that one by John Newton, too, maybe the second one? Very good...I relate to that.

Actually, all of them are good, I enjoyed reading them.

Ellie said...

Good quotes. There is so much in them that I have learned in the last few years. I remember at times wondering how I would cope without all my walls since I didn't even know who I was without them. It's been a terrifying ride, but I'm so happy for the changes God has brought about in who I am.

I am much more me now than I ever had been. Free to dance in the wind, spin crazy circles like a child dancing in the first monsoon rains after a hot summer, free to laugh and love. Yes, free also to be hurt deeper, but free to look up at God who sees and find comfort, too.