Monday, January 23, 2012

The Quotable Susan

On Suffering

“If we are going to share in the glory of Christ, we must also be willing to share in His sufferings too.”

-anonymous friend

“Suffering says something about the value of the person for whom you are willing to suffer.”

-Mark Janke (pastor of Franklin St Baptist Church, Louisville)

“At a time when the visible world would present few cheering sights, men are driven to supernatural hopes and consolations.”

-C. S. Lewis

‘When in the darkness, stand on the decisions made in the light.”

-Richard Scoggins (friend)

The following came from the testimony of a young Honduran man who had spent several days kidnapped and held for ransom. At one point he almost gave up, but by the end of the time, his spirit had been renewed and he had even led one of his captors to salvation. In telling his story, he said, “I did not ask ‘Why?’ I asked, ‘What for?’ I did not ask God why this had happened to me; I asked Him, ‘What was I here for? What was I to learn from this and what was I to contribute here?’”

-Dennis Meraz

“Getting over a painful past is a wonderful accomplishment, but producing fruit through a painful past is a miraculous event.”

-Carol Kent from her book “Laying My Isaac Down”

“Suffering and glory and faith tested by fire, these are the beauties which angels are said to marvel over. (1st Peter 1) and which have been improbably encased in the mess of human stories.”

Dr. Jennifer Myhre (World Harvest Missions missionary to Uganda)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Quotable Susan

On Trauma and Pain
“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves me.” Psalms 119:50

“When we can not trace God’s hand; we must simply trust His heart.”

-Charles Hadley Spurgeon

“Our present thinking must be turned upside down. We once thought that suffering was to be avoided at all costs; now we must understand that the path to becoming more like Jesus goes through hardship and it is much better than the path of brief and superficial comfort without Jesus. When we understand this grand purpose, we discover that suffering does not appose love; it is a result of it. (Hebrews 12:8) We are under the mistaken impression that divine love cannot co-exist with human pain. Such thinking is one of Satan’s most effective strategies. It must be attacked with the gospel of grace

-Edward T. Welch from his book, “Depression A Stubborn Darkness”

“God is good with such things.”

-anonymous friend

“It is doubtful whether God can use a man greatly until He has first hurt him deeply. And the degree to which God uses him is directly proportionate to the depth of his hurt.”

-A. W. Tozer

“When God has an impossible task to do, He takes an impossible man and breaks him.”

-Charles Swindoll

“We are called to be fruitful, not successful. Success comes from strength, stress, and human effort. Fruitfulness comes from vulnerability, and the admission of our weakness.”

-Henri Nouwen

“On the last day, Jesus will look us over not for medals, diplomas, or honors, but for scars.”

-Brennan Manning

“I know God will not give me any more than I can handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.”

-Mother Theresa