As bloggers, we give each other gifts of words. Such good gifts I have received in the last few months that I have been blogging. Plus a few gifts found in books and preserved to savor later. I’m sharing a few of these quotes with you as my Christmas or Hanukkah gifts to you.
“As the sun lights the world even when cloud covered, the Immutable is never seen but is the Witness; it is never thought, but is the Thinker; is never known, but is the Knower. There is no other witness but This, no other knower but This.” But God is not only the empowering agent in the soul’s every action. In the end it is God’s radiating warmth that melts the soul’s icecap, turning it into a pure capacity for God. ― Huston Smith, The World’s Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions (Quotation from Upanishads)
“It doesn’t happen all at once, said the Skin Horse. You become. It takes a long time. …Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.
… The last step to becoming real is expressing every part of you without apology. You have something to contribute. I don’t mean you should preach to others. I do mean you should speak openly, with vulnerability. It’s a way of giving love to others. It says, It’s OK to be a bit broken. You are still beautiful. You can’t be ugly if you are real. — Space2Live posted Becoming Real: What Happens When You’ve Been Through Some Sh*t: http://wp.me/p1m4Ij-Um.
I have come to realise one very important thing about the Bible, and that is that it is a personal book, not a public one. Sure, we share scriptures to back up our theories and we use them to encourage or even reprove others, but all in all what God inspires in each word changes for each person, according to where they are at in their walk with Him. …… There are only two, who can know for sure what God is saying to you through His word. One is you, with your heart after Him, and the other is God! That’s it! — Inner Angels and Enemies posted Getting Help from Above — Nourishment — http://wp.me/p2kX7W-FC
We didn’t see that we were in prison. We were surrounded by angels; we were with God. We no longer believed about God and Christ and angels because Bible verses said it. We didn’t remember Bible verses anymore. We remembered about God because we experienced it. With great humility we can say with the apostles, “What we have seen with our eyes, what we have heard with our ears, what we have touched with our own fingers, this we tell to you.” — Quote by Richard Wurmbrand from dc Talk and the Voice of the Martyrs, Jesus Freaks: Stories of those who stood for Jesus: the ultimate Jesus Freaks. Bethany House Publishers, 1999, pp. 63-68.
I’m committed to keeping it real no matter what. I will not candy-coat my process and lie about how I’m doing. That would just keep everyone, including myself, from the power of God’s healing touch. — Jumping On Clouds (http://wp.me/1cYUx) comments on my post Sin or Mental Illness: http://wp.me/p2GxIs-3G
The struggle is where we transition from theory to personal faith. It must be experienced real-time. It can’t be force-fed through someone else’s filter if we’re ever going to call it personal faith. That’s simply puppeting, which I used to do. — JumpingOnClouds response to me……oh heck…I can’t find WHERE she responded to me!
Not believing in a Creator or God is like believing that an explosion happened in a printing press and a dictionary was the result. Why be pessimistic and not believe that life has to have a greater meaning and that we – intelligent, rational and emotionally-driven creatures – are not just a mere accident? — A Soul Mercifully Alive posted Giving Birth to RationalitY: http://wp.me/p2fcyF-1v
The aha! was a small, internal shift from despair into a hope about my future. Instead of looming over not knowing what’s going to happen right now, it was like God gave me a squeeze on my shoulder and gave me a little nudge to pick up my head and peer ahead a little. Look over here. Keep walking. This isn’t the end of your story. I have so much more planned for you. — Jumping on Clouds posting Emotional Streaking: http://wp.me/p1cYUx-8h
Who knows what contact with another might be the touch of kindness that keeps them going, that stays their hand from doing harm, that gives them a reason to look up again, or reminds them to breathe. We don’t know why or when. The anger and grief in the world is beyond endurance. We can make a conscious effort to extend kindness, respect, and honor to strangers in the form of smiles, nods, eye contact, thank yous, and mindfulness. It’s nothing, but maybe just enough sometimes. Maybe collectively it will make the world just a little kinder and safer. — Me
There are so many more.