• “A woman can become a blessing to many (even to the one who harms her) through what she has learnt of God in her sorrows! To become a woman of God, one must be prepared to face many trials. Like the sandalwood tree that imparts its fragrance to the axe that cuts it.” – Dr. Annie poonen

Joy and Strength 08/28

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love.
John xv. 10.

This did not once so trouble me.
That better I could not love Thee;
But now I feel and know
That only when we love, we find
How far our hearts remain behind
The love they should bestow.
Richard Chenevix Trench.

OUR Lord gives the answer to a difficulty continually perplexing honest Christians — “How am I to learn to love God? I want to do my duty, but I do not feel as if I loved God.” Our Lord gives the answer, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Act for God, do and say the things that He wills; direct your thoughts and intentions God-ward; and, depend upon it, in the slow process of nature, all that belongs to you — your instincts, your intelligence, your affections, your feelings — will gradually follow along the line of your action. Act for God; you are already showing love to Him and you will learn to feel it.
Charles Gore.

They who, continuing faithful to divine grace, however partially communicated, serve God with their whole lives, will never fail of that one reward, the greatest which even He has to bestow, the being made able to love Him with their whole hearts.
Dora Greenwell

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Verse of the Day

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, — Ephesians 5:25-26 (NKJV)

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