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!"

Monday, June 2, 2008

Care for the Soul

I implore you to take care of your soul. Mistrust your own strength; get down on your knees in payer to the Lord, for the Spirit of truth; search His Word for direction; flee seducter's company, keep company with the soundest Christians that have the most experience in the things of Christ. Only you must take care of two things: 1. Rely not on the outward obedience to any of God's commands, or of thinking you are better in the sight of God because of that. 2. Beware of searching for peace for your soul from any inherent righteousness. Believe that you are a sinner, so you are freely justified by the love of God through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; and that He has forgiven you of your transgressions -- not because He saw anything done, or to be done, in or by you. This is the right way. Lord put you into it, and keep you in it!!
John Bunyan

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