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I asked God for strength that I might achieve. I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things. I asked for riches that I might be happy. I was given poverty that I might be wise. I asked for power that I might have the praise of men. I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way. The way we learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them.
Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.
God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.
Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway.
We're not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.
God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.
We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.
When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.
Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
I don't try to imagine a God; it suffices to stand in awe of the structure of the world, insofar as it allows our inadequate senses to appreciate it.
Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.
Of all created comforts from God, God is the lender; you are the borrower, not the owner.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
He who waits on God never waits too long.
God is not only true, but Truth itself.
A brother is a friend God gave you; a friend is a brother your heart chose for you.
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.
God will not look you over for medals degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
You can't undo anything you've already done, but you can face up to it. You can tell the truth. You can seek forgiveness. And then let God do the rest.
The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
God, help me up; I can fall down by myself.
To be at one with God is to be at peace ... peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul.
It is impossible to get exhausted in work for God. We get exhausted because we try to do God’s work in our own way.
God is waiting eagerly to respond with new strength to each little act of self-control, small disciplines of prayer, feeble searching after him. And his children shall be filled if they will only hunger and thirst after what he offers.
There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”
When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery. He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole.
God looks at the clean hands, not the full ones.
God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.
All false gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do.
God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
It was the contemplation of God that created men who were equal, for it was in God that they were equal.
God visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.
Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices.
As sure as God puts His children in the furnace he will be in the furnace with them.
God will not suffer man to have a knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless; and if understanding of his adversity, he would be despairing and senseless.
Many people pray as if God were a big aspirin pill; they come only when they hurt.
If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes.
If you suffer, thank God! -- it is a sure sign that you are alive.
They say to be a leader, not a follower. I say that a follower of Jesus is the most notable position one could hold.
Man is born broken. He lives by mending. The grace of God is glue.
Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is all man. Ecclesiastes 12:13
The way to God is by our selves.
God, wishing His elect to realize their own misery, often temporarily withdraws His favours: no more is needed to prove to us in a very short time what we really are.
Without the assistance of the one Divine Being ... I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail.
The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything. God is the ground, the substance, the teaching, the teacher, the purpose, and the reward for which every soul labors.
God speaks to souls through words uttered by pious people, by sermons or good books, and in many other such ways. Sometimes he calls souls by means of sickness or troubles, or by some truth He teaches them during prayer, for tepid as they may be in seeking Him, yet God holds them very dear.
Giving yourself up of love is melting into God. It is falling into the hands of the living God with complete abandon. This is the deep, interior prayer for which we have been striving. Here we must let go of our dependency on thoughts, words, and images. We go into the beautiful darkness. We stop struggling. We let the angels carry us. Surrender is the only word we know.
However many years life might last, no one could ever wish for a better friend than God. SAINT TERESA OF AVILA, The Interior Castle
O Shepherd God, companion me on all the journeys of my life. Dance through the darkness with me.
God is not only fatherly, God is also mother who lifts her loved child from the ground to her knee. The Trinity is like a mother's cloak wherein the child finds a home and lays its head on the maternal breast.
God speaks silently, he speaks in your heart; if your heart is noisy, chattering, you will not hear.
God is still in the business of coming down to earth: to this cubicle, this email, this room, this house, this job, this hospital room, this car, this bed, this vacation. Any place can become Bethel, the house of God. Cleveland, maybe. Or the chair you're sitting in as you read these words.
If you're sincerely seeking God, God will make His existence evident to you.
God is alpha and omega in the great world: endeavor to make him so in the little world; make him thy evening epilogue and thy morning prologue; practice to make him thy last thought at night when thou sleepest, and thy first thought in the morning when thou awakest; so shall thy fancy be sanctified in the night, and thy understanding rectified in the day; so shall thy rest be peaceful, thy labors prosperous, thy life pious, and thy death glorious.
God is able to do more than man can understand. THOMAS À KEMPIS, Imitation of Christ
God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.
Let nothing disturb thee, Let nothing affright thee; All passeth away: God only shall stay. Patience wins all: Who hath God, needeth nothing; For God is his All. SAINT TERESA OF AVILA, Exclamations of the Soul to God
Without God, our existence has no support, our life no aim, our improvements no permanence, our best labors no sure and enduring results, our spiritual weakness no power to lean upon, and our noblest aspirations and desires no pledge of being realized in a better state. Struggling virtue has no friend, suffering virtue no promise of victory. Take away God, and life becomes mean, and man poorer than the brute.
Men may tire themselves in a labyrinth of search, and talk of God: But if we would know him indeed, it must be from the impressions we receive of him; and the softer our hearts are, the deeper and livelier those will be upon us.
God is in the tiger as well as in the lamb.
We worship God best when we resemble him most.
Where there is most of God, there is least of self.
You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so you learn to love God and man by loving. Begin as a mere apprentice and the very power of love will lead you on to become a master of the art. St. Francis De Sales
No one is useless to God. No one, at any point in his or her life, is useless to God - not a little child, not the unattractive, not the clumsy, not the tired, not the discouraged. God uses his children.
God does not command that we do great things, only little things with great love.
It is not the greatness of the work which matters to God but the love with which it is done.
God may not always come exactly when you call Him… but He is always on time.
Where there is faith, there is love; Where there is love, there is peace; Where there is peace, there is God; And where there is God; there is no need.
For lo, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21
Consider the ravens, for they sow not, neither do they reap, neither have they storehouse nor barn, and God feedeth them. How much are you more valuable than they? And which of you, by taking thought, can add to his stature one cubit? If then ye be not able to do so much as the least thing, why are you solicitous for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these. Now if God clothe in this manner the grass that is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more you, O ye of little faith? And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink: and be not lifted up on high. For all these things do the nations of the world seek. But your Father knoweth that you have need of these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you. Luke 12:24-31
I thank God for my handicaps, for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.
The wise man in a storm prays to God, not for safety from danger; but for deliverance from fear.
Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.
We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last.
Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.
We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise.
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. Saint Augustine
God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering. Saint Augustine
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.
The atheist cannot find God for the same reason a thief cannot find a policeman.
You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your worry list. The longer your list, the smaller your God.
Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.
Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness. This is also the case when people withdraw from God. St. Augustine
Peace on the outside comes from knowing God on the inside.
Peace is not the absence of affliction, but the presence of God.
When we put our cares in His hands, He puts His peace in our hearts.
God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
God is not who you think He is; He is who He says He is.
Nothing can alter the character of God. In the course of a human life, tastes and outlook and temper may change radically: a kind, equable man may turn bitter and crotchety: a man of good-will may grow cynical and callous. But nothing of this sort happens to the Creator. He never becomes less truthful, or merciful, or just, or good, than He used to be.
...a man cannot by the craft and flattery of his tongue lay hold of God while his heart is far away. No, for since God is spirit and truth, a man can only draw near to Him by sincerity, by willing to be holy, as He is holy: by purity of heart.
For however devoted you are to (God), you may be sure that he is immeasurably more devoted to you. Meister Eckhart
When a man takes one step toward God, God takes more steps toward that man than there are sands in the worlds of time.
God places the heaviest burden on those who can carry its weight.
Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and to love Him as they love their cow–for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them. This is how it is with people who love God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort. Meister Eckhart
The best thing must be to flee from all to the All. St. Teresa of Avila
A humble knowledge of oneself is a surer road to God than a deep searching of the sciences. Thomas a Kempis
It's only by forgetting yourself that you draw near to God.
Our perfection certainly consists in knowing God and ourselves. Blessed Angela of Foligno
Oh, if everyone knew how beautiful Jesus is, how amiable He is! They would all die from love. St. Gemma Galgani
I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light.
Divine love always has met and always will meet every human need.
Jesus makes the bitterest mouthful taste sweet. St. Therese of Lisieux
For the multitude of worldly friends profiteth not, nor may strong helpers anything avail, nor wise counselors give profitable counsel, nor the cunning of doctors give consolation, nor riches deliver in time of need, nor a secret place to defend, if Thou, Lord, do not assist, help, comfort, counsel, inform, and defend. Thomas a Kempis
has not promised skies always blue,
flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God has not promised sun without rain,
joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God has promised strength for the day,
rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
unfailing sympathy, undying love.