Double-minded Desire

“The story of Eden is not over. Every day we reenact the Fall as we turn in our desire to the very things that will destroy us.” John Eldredge, The Journey of Desire, pg. 92.

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Revelational Gratitude

“Gratitude sustains the soul. How can we experience Grace if we don’t feel grateful? How do we know we’ve been Blessed? Norman Vincent Peale said we should ‘be grateful for blessings not yet received, for blessings unknown’. Gratitude is a practice that opens me to God’s gifts every day.” Debbie Macomber, Author, in Joy Comes in the Morning article, pg.14, in January 2014 Guideposts magazine (italics added by DB).

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Dream On!

“The poorest man is not the one without a cent but the one without a dream.” Author Unknown (as shared in Michel Faulkner’s book, Restoring the American Dream, pg. 27).

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Compelling Courtesy

“Courtesy is…showing Love in the ‘little things’ (of life).” Pastor/Author Rick Warren

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Truth Grown Up

BRUTAL Honesty…or BEAUTIFUL, REFRESHING Honesty? “Honest communication in love is the only way to live and grow in true friendships” (Stasi Eldredge, Captivating). Kinda sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Like the Good Word that says “…speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things…” I want to be more like this, which is being more like Jesus, Who is ‘Truth Grown Up’!

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True Love is Risky Business

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it ‘intact’, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully around with hobbies and little ‘luxuries’ (“idolatrous indulgences”); avoid all ‘entanglements’; lock it up ‘safe’ in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket–’safe’, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemableā€¦The only place outside Heaven where you can be ‘perfectly safe’ from all the ‘dangers’ of love isā€¦Hell.” C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves.

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True Happiness

“When you were born, you cried, and the world rejoiced,” goes a Middle Eastern saying. “May you live your life so that when you die, the world will cry, and you will rejoice.” from The NKJV (John) Maxwell Leadership Bible, commentary on pg. 425.

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