Monday, April 22, 2013

Recent Impacting Quotes and Verses

Sorry I haven't posted in the last few days! It's been very busy recently, but I hope to make up for it with this post about Bible verses and quotes that have been profound, interesting, or make me reflect.

"Being 16 is about learning life lessons, experimenting with different things, overcooking your desserts, but making something perfect, creating things you're proud of, making messes and forgetting to clean them up, listening to your favorite music at full volume, learning to appreciate the ones who love you and just taking advantage of every moment...this is one of the best years of your life--make the most of it, cuz you'll miss it when its over. <3" --Christi Sallard, Google+ post

"The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down." --Psalm 145:14

"Life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable." --Woody Allen
(I don't agree with this one, but it made me reflect. Oh, how often we tell ourselves, "I hate my life," or "I can't wait to get out of this," or "I hate this," or "I don't even want to be here." Yet we turn around when someone says "Life is utterly miserable" and shun them for saying it out loud. If we are going to rejoice in life, we can't be hypocrites and act like we enjoy life, but on the inside tell ourselves how often we want to get out of it.)

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" --Philippians 4:4

"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." --Colossians 3:16-17

"Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." --Ephesians 5:18-21
(This one also made me reflect. I can't tell you how many times when I was feeling conflicted or worn out and decided to watch t.v. or YouTube for a little while, when I could have prayed or read the Bible, filling myself up with the Spirit instead of the DVR. The funny thing is, every time I decide to make the wrong choice and catch up on the DVR instead of God's Word, I get absolutely zero satisfaction out of it. I feel empty the entire time. As a matter of fact, I only feel numbed and feel no different than before I sat down on the couch, except even more worn out. But when I pray and go to God and His Word, I feel refreshed and confident. Remember this when you have a long hard day. Nothing satisfies more than God Himself. God is the ultimate healer.)

"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world." --C.S. Lewis

"Life is like a movie we arrive to forty minutes late." --John Eldredge

"What if we treated people as if they were especially treasured in the kingdom of God?" --Josh Crigger (youth group leader), paraphrase

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters." --1 John 3:16

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." --1 Corinthians 13:1-10, 12-13

"You have the ability to choose which way you want to go. You have to believe great things are going to happen in your life. Do everything you can-prepare, pray and achieve-to make it happen." --Benjamin Carson 
(The words "Make it Happen" are my desktop picture:

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think in the comment box. :)

Question for the Reader: What verses/quotes have stood out to you recently and how have they impacted you?

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." --Psalm 51:10-12

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