favorite quotes

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. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.
-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

I wish grace and healing were more abracadabra kind of things. Also, that delicate silver bells would ring to announce grace’s arrival. But no, it’s clog and slog and scootch, on the floor, in the silence, in the dark.
-Anne Lamott, Grace [Eventually]: Thoughts on Faith

Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. You’re done. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to have lunch with the person. If you keep hitting back, you stay trapped in the nightmare…
-Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies

I smiled back at her. I thought such awful thoughts that I cannot even say them out loud because they would make Jesus want to drink gin straight out of the cat dish.
-Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies

Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.
-Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies

The Bible is not first of all a book of moral truth. I would call it instead a book of truth about the way life is.
-Frederick Buechner

Prayer first; prayer before anything else or there isn’t anything else.
-Ann Voskamp

God didn’t send us a doctrine to learn, or a religion to live, or a philosophy to debate. He sent us a brother to love and a madman to trust and a servant to serve and a mystery to embrace.
-Steven James

Character refers to who you are. Reputation refers to who people think you are…Jesus didn’t value what people thought, he valued people, period.
-E. Freeman

If we think we can do life on our own, we will not take prayer seriously.
-Paul Miller

If I can’t change my own heart (and I can’t), I’m certainly not going to succeed in changing my children’s hearts…I began to speak less to the kids and more to God.
-Paul Miller

And I fall in love with the ones that run me through
When all along all I need is You

Anything God has stopped you from doing for Him was only so you’d be still enough to let Him first do something for you.
-Beth Moore

Discipleship means joy.
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God unfolds His love through the rejection of others.
-Pastor Grady, LVPC

I am so easily satisfied
By the call of lovers so less wild
-Derek Webb

Our identity can find its basis only is God’s word to us that we are beloved, not on the world’s fickle promises.
-Henri Nouwen

There is no other stream.

If I find in myself desires which no experience in the world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that I was made for another world.
-C.S. Lewis

Prayer is the chief pastoral work in relation to a person’s desires for and difficulties with intimacy.
-Eugene Peterson

The devil’s singing over me
An age old song
That I am cursed and gone astray
Singing the first verse so conveniently
He’s forgotten the refrain
Jesus saves!
-Shane & Shane

Love is not a feeling in your chest. It is bending down to wash another’s feet.
-Andrew Peterson

Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
-Steven Covey

When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.
-C.S. Lewis

How could an idiotic universe have produced creatures whose mere dreams are so much stronger, better, subtler than itself?
-C.S. Lewis

Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.
– George S. Patton

It takes heroic humility to be yourself and to be nobody but the man and the artist that God intended you to be.
-Thomas Merton

The way we see ourselves may have more impact on the way we live our lives than any other thing.
-Pastor Frank, Calvary Chapel

When we turn to Scripture in this way, our reason for “knowing” the Bible and everything it teaches would be that we might love more and know more of love.
-Richard Foster

…the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing…but burn, burn burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars…
-Jack Kerouac

Great failure does not exclude us from greatness.
-Pastor Frank, Calvary Chapel Chattanooga

Faith feeds love. Faith is the trigger, the spark, the ignition. If love runs out of fuel it fails.
-Gospel Transformation

The reason these words are alive is not because He said them but because He IS saying them.
-Pastor Frank, Calvary Chapel Chattanooga

Run until God stops you.

The key to life change is not the acts of the will but the loves of the heart.
-St. Augustine

We all have questions God has not answered, he has simply presented us with a different question.
-Bill Springston

Sin will keep you away from this book and this book will keep you away from sin.
-Pastor Frank, Calvary Chapel

From early childhood, my life has been shot through with God.

Wisdom is becoming competent with the realities of life.

Do not worry about your career. Concern yourself with your vocation, and that is to be lovers of Jesus.
-Mother Teresa

If your life is worth living, there is something worth dying for.
-Pastor Randy Nabors, New City Fellowship

Safe isn’t where you’re at, it’s who you’re with.
-Pastor Rick Barr, Grace Church

Falling into the arms of Jesus is like collapsing on a soft bean bag chair in a peaceful air conditioned room after babysitting at the pool all afternoon in the heat of a Tennessee June after nearly pulling an all-nighter to pass your last college final.

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

I would be fine with life’s contractions if they would simply pass when I am ready for them to, so I can be okay again and remember what, after all, I’m doing in labor. Being human can be so dispiriting. It is a real stretch for me a lot of the time.
-Anne Lamott

It is not going to be easy to listen to God’s call. Your insecurity, your self-doubt, and your great need of affirmation make you lose trust in your inner voice and run away from yourself. But you know that God speaks to you through your inner voice and that you will find joy and peace only if you follow it.
-Henri Nouwen


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