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a quote for today {A.W. Tozer}

it’s been a while since i’ve shared a quote. i heard this one this week and had to look it up right away. it’s GOOD stuff. take a moment and really let is soak in:

The Sharp Blade of the Plow  by. A.W. Tozer

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you. (Hosea 10:12)

The fallow field is smug, contented, protected from the shock of the plow and the agitation of the harrow…But it is paying a terrible price for its tranquility: Never does it see the miracle of growth; never does it feel the motions of mounting life nor see the wonders of bursting seed nor the beauty of ripening grain.

Fruit it can never know because it is afraid of the plow and the harrow.

In direct opposite to this, the cultivated field has yielded itself to the adventure of living. The protecting fence has opened to admit the plow, and the plow has come as plows always come, practical, cruel, business-like and in a hurry. Peace has been shattered by the shouting farmer and the rattle of machinery.

The field has felt the travail of change; it has been upset, turned over, bruised and broken, but its rewards come hard upon its labors. The seed shoots up into the daylight its miracle of life, curious, exploring the new world above it.

All over the field the hand of God is at work in the age-old and ever renewed service of creation. New things are born, to grow, mature, and consummate the grand prophecy latent in the seed when it entered the ground.

Nature’s wonders follow the plow.

(Paths To Power, 31-32)

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sooo good right? i first heard this quote in this sermon on James 1 by Matt Chandler on trials and pain. if you haven’t listened to it, you should! {husbuddy may force me to listen to way too many sermons when we’re driving in the car together, but sometimes it’s totally worth it. hee hee.}

 i don’t want to be a “fallow field” with a tranquil/easy life if it comes at the cost of not bearing fruit. i want to allow God to cultivate fruit in and through me even if it means i must face the trials and pain of a plow. i so desire to be used by God and for His fruit to flourish in my life. what about you?

xoxo-kimberly renee
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a quote for today {a poem about Isaac}

dear friends, today i wanted to share with you a poem that i keep reading over and over.

i keep reading it because it is beautiful and convicting. i can’t seem to get it out of my head.

it is a poem based on Abram’s test of faith to offer up his son to God as a sacrifice. {Genesis 22:1-19}

i challenge you to read it. read it slowly and to think and pray about who/what is YOUR Isaac that God is asking you to hold up to Him? snowflake

TRUST ME WITH YOUR ISAAC

For every Abraham who dares
to kiss the foreign field
where glory for a moment grasped
Is for a lifetime tilled . . .

The voice of God
speaks not but once
but ’til the traveler hears
“Abraham! Abraham! Bring your
Isaac here!”

“Bring not the blemished sacrifice.
What lovest thou the most?
Look not into the distance,
you’ll find your Isaac close.”

“I hear the tearing of your heart
torn between two loves,
the one your vision can behold
the Other hid above.”

“Do you trust me, Abraham
with your gravest fear?
Will you pry your fingers loose
and bring your Isaac here?”

“Have I not made you promises?
Hold them tight instead!
I am the Lover of your soul –
the Lifter of your head.”

“Believe me, O my Abraham
when blinded by the cost.
Arrange the wooded altar
and count your gains but loss.”

“Let tears wash clean your blinded eyes
until unveiled you see –
the ram caught in the thicket there
to set your Isaac free.”

“Perhaps I’ll send him down the mount
to walk right by your side
No longer in your iron grasp
but safer still in mine.”

“Or I may wrap him in the wind
and sweep him from your sight
to better things beyond your reach –
believe with all your might!”

“Look up, beloved Abraham.
Can you count the stars?
Multitudes will stand to reap
from one dear friend of God.”

“Pass the test, my faithful one;
bow to me as Lord.
Trust me with your Isaac –
see,
I am your great Reward.”

poem from Beth Moore’s Whispers of Hope(Nashville: LifeWay Press, 1998, p 114-15)

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this is  hard to think about, isn’t it? it’s convicting to realize that there are things i hold on to in my life.  i know that there are so many “things” that i hold on to with a tight fist.  things that i sometimes treasure more than God!

God is asking us to unfurl our tight little fingers, “pry our fingers loose” and give Him everything. absolutely everything. HE is the “lover of [my] soul and lifter of [my] head.” nothing else can be. and really, isn’t HE trustworthy with that “thing” we are holding on to? and really, won’t HE take better care of it than we ever could?! “He is [our] great reward”

what is something you’re holding on to? did this poem speak to you too? i’d love to hear.

xoxo-kimberly renee

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a quote for today

CS lewis quote

“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” -CS Lewis

today marks the 50th anniversary of CS Lewis’ last journey. his journey to meet our maker.

this quote of his gets me every time.

every.single.time. it makes me wonder if i’m far too easily pleased! if i’m paying attention to my maker’s gifts for today! if i’m like that child playing with mud in a slum.

i want infinite joy. 

how about you? i hope that this quote makes you think as much as it makes me!

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{for another blog post about Lewis see this Desiring God blog post!}

xoxo-kimberly renee

 

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i make soup and bake bread…

“I make soup and I bake bread and I know my supreme need is joy in God and I know I can’t experience deep joy in God until I deep trust in God…if I deep trusted God in all facets of my life, wouldn’t that deep heal my anxiety, my self-condemnation, my soul holes?”

-Ann Voskamp One Thousand Gifts pg. 149

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oh man, that quote makes me think…

my supreme need is JOY. {that’s my word for the year. to read more about it click here.} it only comes from TRUST in a God who is big enough to handle everything that comes my way.

i hope today’s quote speaks to you too, my friends.

xoxo-kimberly renee
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a quote for {joy}

“joy is a flame that glimmers only in the palm of the open and humble hand. in an open and humble palm, released and surrendered to receive, light dances, flickers happy. the moment the hand is clenched tight, fingers all pointing toward self and rights and demands, joy is snuffed out.”

Ann Voskamp One Thousand Gifts pg. 177

my word for 2013 is Joy. {you can read more about why i picked that word hereso, i’ve been  noticing little comments or discussions about joy as i’ve been reading Ann Voskamp’s book for the second time. {as if you couldn’t tell from all my joy quotes recently!}

but this one has struck and nerve. i find myself wondering if i am holding my flame of joy tightly- like a hand held open or if i am trying to protect the flame by closing my hand over it.

look at it another way, am i holding onto things in this life too tightly?

am i too focused on my time- trying to protect and plan it to the minute every day? but even so is time slipping through my fingers like sand? {um, yes, everyday!}

am i holding my family and relationships so tightly in an effort to protect them that i’m not trusting God to take care of them?

am i so focused on trying to do things MY way that i’m missing out on HIS way?

i remember once as a little girl talking to my mom about this. she had just told me that she loved God more than she did Daddy. i could hardly believe her. really, more than Daddy? that blew my mind. then i wondered if she loved God more than me. and she said yes, she loved God first, then Daddy, then her children. then, i’m not sure how we actually got there, but then she talked about how she had to trust God with Daddy and her children. she had to “hold them with an open hand” and trust that God would take care of us because she couldn’t always be there to take care of us herself. again… a little girl could hardly understand such things but i’ve remembered that discussion in multiple situations in my life.

i’ve just never connected that idea with the JOY that comes from God. joy is a gift, so isn’t it mine to hold on to? but, as the quote above says, the moment we grasp it tightly- in an effort to control it how we want- is the moment that light of joy flickers out like a flame without enough oxygen.

joy is a gift that only comes when we are surrendered to God’s will in our life… in the thankful moments… in the humble moments.

joy is a gift but we should always be seeking it.

that is how Paul can say in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18:

“Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”

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so what do you think about this concept? do you like this quote too? do you think it makes sense to compare joy to a flame, flickering in the palm of your open hand?

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may the flame of joy flicker bright for you today, my friends.

xo-kimberly renee
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the thief of joy

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“stress isn’t only a joy stealer. the way we respond to it can be sin…stress stands in direct opposition to what He directly and tenderly commands: “do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.” (John 14:1)”

Ann Voscamp One Thousand Gifts pg. 146

am i allowing stress to steal my joy?! are you??

“if authentic, saving belief is the act of trusting, then to choose stress is an act of disbelief…atheism.”

One Thousand Gifts pg.148

just a few thoughts for your day today. may the joy thief be gone, my friends. may trust in the One fill you with joy.

xoxo – kimberly renee
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quote for today {joy}

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joy is the realest reality,

the fullest life,

and joy is always given,

never grasped.

God gives gifts and i give thanks and i unwrap the gift given: joy.

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Ann Voskamp One Thousand Gifts

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{again, still soaking up Ann Voskamp! May you unwrap the gift of joy today, unwrap it with thanksgiving, my friends! the photos are from a recent trip to a “beach” on the Chesapeake Bay.} 

 

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