• “They only did what God permitted them to do, which enabled me always to keep God in sight… When we suffer, we should always remember that God inflicts the blow. Wicked men, it is true, are not infrequently His instruments; and the fact does not diminish, but simply develops their wickedness. But when we are so mentally disposed that we love the strokes we suffer, regarding them as coming from God, and as expressions of what He sees best for us, we are then in the proper state to look forgivingly and kindly upon the subordinate instrument which He permits to smite us.” – Madame Guyon

Joy and Strength 07/24

Seek the Lord, and His strength: seek His face evermore.
Ps. cv. 4.

O Jesus Christ, grow Thou in me.
And all things else recede;
My heart be daily nearer Thee,
From sin be daily freed.

Make this poor self grow less and less.
Be Thou my life and aim,
Oh, make me daily, through Thy grace,
More worthy of Thy name.
J. C. Lavater.

AS, on rising, we should hear Him saying to us, “Take this yoke upon thee, my child, today,” ” Bear this burden for me and with me today,” so, before retiring to rest, and collecting our mind for our evening prayer, it were well to put these questions to our conscience, “Have I, in a single instance this day, denied myself either in temper or appetite, and so submitted myself to the Saviour’s yoke?” And again, “Have I, in a single instance, shown sympathy or considerateness for others, borne with their faults or infirmities of character, given time or taken trouble to help them, or be of use to them?” If so, I have gained ground; I have made an advance in the mind of Christ today, if it be only a single step. Let me thank God, and take courage. A single step is so much clear gain.
Edward Meyrick Goulburn

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The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore. — Psalm 121:7-8 (NKJV)

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