• “Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you.” – Susanna Wesley

Joy and Strength 12/31

We are laborers together with God.
1 CoR. iii. 9.

Then bear a joy where joy is not,
Go, speak a kindly word in love,
Less bitter make some loveless lot.
Now earth is linked to heaven above.
Frederick G. Lee.

DO what you can — give what you have. Only stop not with feelings; carry your charity into deeds; do and give what costs you something.
J. H. Thom

“Up and be doing,” is the word that comes from God for each of us. Leave some “good work” behind you that shall not be wholly lost when you have passed away. Do something worth living for, worth dying for. Is there no want, no suffering, no sorrow that you can relieve? Is there no act of tardy justice, no deed of cheerful kindness, no long-forgotten duty that you can perform? Is there no reconciliation of some ancient quarrel, no payment of some long-outstanding debt, no courtesy, or love, or honor to be rendered to those to whom it has long been due; no charitable, humble, kind, useful deed by which you can promote the glory of God, or good will among men, or peace upon earth? If there be any such deed, in God’s name, in Christ’s name, go and do it.
Arthur P. Stanley

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2 Responses to Joy and Strength 12/31

  • Lisa says:

    Dear Michelle, I want to thank you again for your faithful completion of another labor of love. I hope you have received as much edification and encouragement as you have made available to others, so many others! I am so thankful for the witnesses gone before, and for the enduring truth that the Holy Spirit bore witness to them and through them to us. I pray the blessings of our Lord upon your walk with Him, your work in Him, and your love for Him. I pray also His dear leading and strengthening in you as the new year and your new work in His name quietly and softly begins. In Jesus Christ, thankfully, Lisa

    • Michelle says:

      Sister Lisa, Thank you so much for writing this note. I am so glad these devotionals are blessing you. I covet your prayers and thank you for praying. Bless you and my prayers are for you as well. The Lord will prevail and is prevailing. May our hope ever and always look to Him for all our need.

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