Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Trials and Suffering

One step at a time, over the years, as I sought to plumb the mystery of suffering (which cannot be plumbed), I began to see that there is a sense in which everything is a gift. Even my widowhood.
-Elisabeth Elliot

...contentment, a state of inner peace separate from our circumstances. Ultimately, contentment is more a shift in attitude than a change in circumstances.
-Linda Dillow

The ultimate measure of a man in not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
-Martin Luther King Jr.

We do not serve a distant and detached God who spouts encouraging cliches safely from the sideline. Instead, he enters into our suffering. Jesus did it in the Incarnation and his Spirit does it in us now. God will never leave us alone in our suffering.
-Rick Warren

It is necessary for God to use the hammers, the file, and the furnace in His holy work of preparing a saint for true sainthood. It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.
-A.W. Tozer

Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.
-Billy Graham

Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass; it's about learning to dance in the rain!

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