Words.

Wow.

Thank you guys for sending in all the amazing quotes.  There were so many that stirred my soul.

Doing this blog series reminded me of how much I love words.  Isn’t it insane that little black and white marks on a page can be arranged in such a way that they can stir your heart for God and produce worship out of an arid desert of apathy?

Lord, teach me to steward the gift of language better!

Anyway, here are some of my favorite quotes that you sent in:

“By His wisdom, he orders his delays so that they prove to be far better than our hurries.” Spurgeon

“waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.” – Elisabeth Elliot

“When we were small children, we had a little plot of garden-ground, and we put our seeds into it. I well recollect how, the day after I had put in my seed, I went and scraped the soil away to see if it was not growing, as I expected it would have been after a day or so at the very longest, and I thought the time amazingly long before the seed would be able to make it appearance above the ground. ‘That was childish,’ you say. I know it was, but I wish you were as childish with regard to your prayers, that you would, when you have put them in the ground, go and see if they have sprung up; and if not at once – be not childish in refusing to wait till the appointed time comes – always go back and see if they have begun to sprout. If you believe in prayer at all, expect God to hear you. If you do not expect, you will not have. God will not hear you unless you believe He will hear you; but if you believe He will, He will be as good as your faith. He will never allow you to think better of Him than He is; He will come up to the mark of your thoughts, and according to your faith so shall it be done unto you.” Spurgeon

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world”-C.S. Lewis

“There’s nothing that we can contribute to God’s work of salvation, except for the sin that made it necessary” Pastor Vincent Nicotra, Foothill Bible Church, CA

“”Today is mine. Tomorrow is none of my business. If I peer anxiously into the fog of the future, I will strain my spiritual eyes so that I will not see clearly what is required of me now.”–Elisabeth Elliot

I have so many personal favorite quotes, that it’s hard to think of just one to share.

But here ya go:

I am not what I ought to be — ah, how imperfect and deficient! I am not what I wish to be — I abhor what is evil, and I would cleave to what is good! I am not what I hope to be — soon, soon shall I put off mortality, and with mortality all sin and imperfection. Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was; a slave to sin and Satan; and I can heartily join with the apostle, and acknowledge, “By the grace of God I am what I am.” – John Newton

Many people have shortened and edited that great quote across the years and I am no different.  Here’s my version and a daily mantra:

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 I am not what I used to be, and I am not what I will be.

By the grace of God I am what I am.

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