“Deep calls to deep at the roar of Your waterfalls;
all Your breakers and Your waves have gone over me.
By day the Lord commands His steadfast love,
and at night His song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.”—Ps 42:7-8
I beseech this of You today to empower me to live as I am called. I know the appointed time has grown very short — Please give me true, deep-seated Thankfulness of spirit for the gifts, blessings and people You have so generously given to my life already.
I beseech this of You that You will let Your will happen to me, that Your Spirit would fill me ever more, that I would have the strength and grace to say that I will choose You over anyone and anything.
Sat on a beach in Malia one day, my friend started talking in riddles. At first I thought she was mad; turns out Roald Dahl is and here’s his class act of a poem which I think everyone ought to add to their repertoire…
Each Saturday I shout “Hurrah” For that’s my pocket…
“But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well.”—
1 Cor. 7:37
"I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord." 1 Cor. 7:32-35
“One thing I of the Lord desire, for all my life hath miry been —
Be it by water or by fire, Oh, make me clean! Oh, make me clean!
So wash me now, without, within, or purge with fire, if that must be,
No matter how, if only sin die out in me, die out in me.”—W. G. Smith
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—Ira Glass (via marcokubis)