• “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

Joy and Strength 11/11

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content.
Phil. iv. 11 (R. V.).

Forgive us, Lord, our little faith;
And help us all, from mom till e*en.
Still to believe that lot the best
Which is, — not that which might have been.
George Zabriskie Gray.

THOU givest within and without precisely what the soul needs for its advancement in a life of faith and self-renunciation. I have then only to receive this bread, and to accept, in the spirit of self-sacrifice, whatever Thou shalt ordain, of bitterness in my external circumstances, or within my heart. For whatever happens to me each day is my daily bread, provided I do not refuse to take it from Thy hand, and to feed upon it.
Francois de la Mothe Fenelon

Judge that only necessary which God, in His eternal wisdom and love, proportions out unto us. And when thou comest hither, thou wilt come to thy rest; and as thou abidest here, thou wilt abide in thy soul’s true rest, and know the preciousness of that lesson, and of whom thou art to learn it, even, in every state to be content.
Isaac Penington.

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  • Elisabeth says:

    I am so thankful for your faithfulness is providing these devotionals. Works of many years, words of the faithful, light in the darkness. Truly, God is wondrous in His saints, and abundant in love and mercy to the least of us. May His blessing be upon your work, and upon our reading. Elisabeth

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