disturb in us

O God our disturber,

whose speech is pregnant with power

and whose word will be fulfilled:

may we know ourselves unsatisfied

with all that distorts your truth,

and make our hearts attentive

to your liberating voice,

In Jesus Christ, Amen.

-Jane Morley, All Desires Known

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brain surgery

to put off your old self,

which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,  

and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,

 and to put on the new self,

created after the likeness of God

in true righteousness and holiness.”

-Ephesians 4:22-24

unqualified

‘In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do his work, to bear his glory.  If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves.  If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there’s no danger that we will confuse God’s work with our own, or God’s glory with our own.’

-Madeleine L’Engle

we must help each other remember…

“In one of his dialogues, Plato talks of all learning as remembering.  The chief job of the teacher is to help us to remember all that we gave forgotten.  This fits in well with Jung’s concept of racial memory, his belief that when we are enabled to dip into the intuitive, subconscious self, we remember more than we know.

One of the great sorrows which came to human beings when Adam and Eve left the Garden was the loss of memory,

memory of all that God’s children are meant to be.”

-Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water: Reflections of Faith and Art

bound to self

IF
the praise of man elates me and his blame depresses me;
if I cannot rest under misunderstanding without defending myself;
if I love to be loved more than to love,
to be served more than to serve,
then I know nothing of Calvary Love.

-Amy Carmichael, If

patience

Patience is waiting.
Patience is waiting, is Advent.
Patience is waiting for a child to be born.
Patience is the love of God.
Patience is a slow-blooming flower,
modest and full of promise.
Patience knows how to be sill and silent.
Patience is gentle and sweet.
Patience understands the beauty of quiet inner growth that cannot be hurried.
Patient chases away pressures and stress.
Patience can never be overwhelmed.
Patience teaches the art of living with unfulfilled desires.
Patience is serene and tranquil.
Patience is a motherly virtue.
Patience is winter waiting for spring.
Patience is the thawing of a frozen heart.
Patience is taking one step at a time.
Patience is renouncing control.
Patience is running with perseverance the race.
Patience does not seek rest, it provides rest.
Patience is our reserve fuel when the tank runs empty.
It will carry us safely to our destination.
Patience is fasting.
Patience is starting allover.
Patience is rejoicing on a Monday morning.
Patience is the continuous process of uncluttering whats around you and inside you.
Patience is committing yourself in faith to God’s plan for you.
Patience is longing without receiving.
Patience creates rom where there is no room.
Patience creates time where there is no time.
Patience keeps on striving without tangible results.
Patience is potty-trainging my down syndrome daughter Margaret.
Patience keeps on praying.
Patience keeps on keepin’ on.
Patience is living an ocean away.
Patience is looking for a lost treasure.
Patience is living with a deceitful heat.
Patience is living with unanswered questions.

The eyes of Christ are patient.

-Ingrid Trobisch, The Confident Woman