Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Friday, May 23, 2008

Quote from Amazing Grace

Before we watched the movie we read a lot of great stuff out of "Amazing Grace of Freedom. The Inspiring Faith of William Wilberfore the Slaves' Champion". My favorite quote from the book is as follows: "So, the question is, what will you do with the gifts you have been given? Will you put them in a drawer and pursue a comfortable life? Or will you choose to defy the odds, step out and confront the injustice in the world? Many choose mediocrity because it's easier than reaching for greatness. My prayer is that you will internalize the life of William Wilberforce and make a difference in your world, whoever and wherever you are."
What a great challenge! I don't want to settle for mediocrity. That may mean I don't watch as much television, read as many books, enjoy as many "me" things that would distract me from the purposes and plans God has for me. May I choose the best things from God and not just the good things of the world.

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