• “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 12/02

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might he full.
John xv. ii.

Thou bringest all again; with Thee
Is light, is space, is breadth and room
For each thing fair, beloved, and free.
To have its hour of life and bloom.
Each heart’s deep instinct unconfessed
Each lowly wish, each daring claim;
All, all that life hath long repressed.
Unfolds, undreading blight or blame.
Dora Greenwell.

LET us offer up to Him each day, and all its occupations, yes, and all its relaxations— as it begins, — and beg Him to let us somehow “see” Him throughout it. Let us trust Him with the hallowing of our ordinary “secular” interests, let us try to shape each day’s life so as best to please Him. “Would our Lord like me to say this or to read that? Would He sanction this train of thought or of fancy? When I go with that companion, can I imagine His drawing near and walking beside us?” This habitual “looking up to Jesus,” this repeated reference to His will and pleasure — does it seem to us likely to be oppressive, restrictive, burdensome? Let us only try it, and judge for ourselves: it will turn out to be a source of peace and comfort indescribable.
William Bright

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  • “Is it possible that you can trust your fellow men…that you can commit your dearest earthly interests to your weak, failing fellow creatures without a fear, and are afraid to commit your spiritual interests to the Saviour who laid down His life for you, and of whom it is declared that He is “able to save to the uttermost all who come unto God by Him”? – Hannah Whitall Smith

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There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. — 1 John 4:18 (NKJV)

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