• “My soul remained in a kind of heavenly elysium. So far as I am capable of making a comparison, I think that what I felt each minute, during the continuance of the whole time, was worth more than all the outward comfort and pleasure, which I had enjoyed in my whole life put together. It was a pure delight, which fed and satisfied the soul. It was peasure, without the least sting, or any interruption. It was a sweetness, which my soul was lost in. It seemed to be all that my feeble frame could sustain, of that fulness of joy, which is felt by those, who behold the face of Christ, and share his love in the heavenly world.” – Sarah Edwards, wife of Jonathan Edwards

Joy and Strength 01/31

His heart fretteth against the Lord.
Prov. xix. 3.

I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
Ps. cxix. 75.

And my soul complaineth not,
For no pain or fears dismay her;
Still she clings to God in faith.
Trusts Him though He seem to slay her.
‘Tis when flesh and blood repine.
Sun of joy. Thou canst not shine.
JOHANN J. WINCKLER.

IMPATIENCE and fretting under trial does but increase our suffering, whereas meek submission sanctifies all suffering, and fills the tortured heart with peace amid its anguish. Worship Him in every sorrow; worship Him in deed and word, but still more in humble and loving acceptance of each pang and heart-ache. Be sure that your mere silent willing endurance I is a true act of adoration; and thus, come what I may, weariness, pain, desolation, destitution, loneliness, all will carry on His gracious work I in you, and, amid the sharpest pressure of suffering, you will be sending up to His eternal throne the precious incense of submission and
trust.
Abbe Guillore.

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  • “But the misfortune is that people wish to direct God instead of resigning themselves to be directed by Him. We wish to take the lead, and to follow in a way of their own selection instead of submissively and passively following where God sees fit to conduct them. And hence it is, that many souls who are called to the enjoyment of God himself and mot merely to the gifts of God, spend all their lives in pursuing and in feeding on little consolations.” – Madame Guyon

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