• “I henceforth take Jesus Christ to be mine. I promise to receive Him as a husband to me. And I give myself to Him, unworthy though I am, to be His spouse. I ask of Him, in this marriage of spirit with spirit, that I may be of the same mind with Him — meek, pure, nothing in myself, and united in God’s will. And, pledged as I am to be His, I accept as part of my marriage portion, the temptations and sorrows, the crosses and the contempt which fell to Him. — Jeanne M.B. de la Mothe Guyon, Sealed with her ring.”

Joy and Strength 05/03

Who Is among you that walketh in darkness and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.
Isa. 1. 10

The heart that yet can hope and trust, And cry to Thee, though from the dust, Is all unconquered still.
Paul Gerhardt.

PRESS this upon thy soul, for there is not such another charm for all its fears and disquiet; therefore repeat it still with. David, sing this till it be stilled, and chide thy distrustful heart into believing: “Why art thou cast down, O my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him.” Though I am all out of tune for the present, never a right thing in my soul, yet He will put forth His hand and redress all, and I shall yet once again praise^ and therefore, even now, I will hope.
Robert Leighton.

Oh, that we could breathe out new hope, and new submission, every day. Our waters are but ebb, and come neither to our chin, nor to the stopping of our breath. I may see (if I would borrow eyes from Christ) dry land, and that near: why then should we not laugh at adversity, and scorn our short-born and soon-dying temptations?Samuel Rutherford.

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  • “I never felt such an entire emptiness of self-love, or any regard to any private, selfish interest of my own. It seemed to me, that I had entirely done with myself. I felt that the opinions of the world concerning me were nothing, and that I had no more to do with any outward interest of my own, than with that of a person whom I never saw. The glory of God seemed to be all, and in all, and to swallow up every wish and desire of my heart” – Sarah Edwards, wife of Jonathan Edwards

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