Taken as a whole, the story of Ruth is one of those signs. It was written to give us encouragement and hope that all the perplexing turns in our lives are going somewhere good. They do not lead off a cliff. In all the setbacks of our lives as believers, God is plotting for our joy.”
― John Piper, A Sweet and Bitter Providence: Sex, Race, and the Sovereignty of God
“The evil and suffering in this world are greater than any of us can comprehend. But evil and suffering are not ultimate. God is. Satan, the great lover of evil and suffering, is not sovereign. God is.”
― John Piper, Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
“God will not turn away from doing you good. He will keep on doing good. He doesn’t do good to His children sometimes and bad to them other times. He keeps on doing good and He never will stop doing good for ten thousand ages of ages. When things are going bad that does not mean God has stopped doing good. It means He is shifting things around to get them in place for more good, if you will go on loving Him.”
― John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life
“A prayerless Christian is like a bus driver trying alone to push his bus out of a rut because he doesn’t know Clark Kent is on board.”
― John Piper, Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist
“Love doesn’t erase the past, but it makes the future different.”
― Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages Singles Edition
“The best thing we can do with the failures of the past is to let them be history.”
― Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. -Martin Luther King Jr.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. -Martin Luther King Jr.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr.
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others? Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -Martin Luther King Jr.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. -Martin Luther King Jr.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. -Martin Luther King Jr.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -Martin Luther King Jr.
The words we say have tremendous power. Be picky about the ones you choose. -Bob Goff
Don’t save up love like you’re going to need it later; we’re rivers, not reservoirs. Bob Goff
What finally helped me get past my past was trusting God to use it for good.
Our limbs need to reach as wide as our roots go deep; we can’t be all root and no tree. -Bob Goff
Sometimes I think or talk about my worries and mistakenly feel like I’ve prayed about them. I’m challenging myself to really spend time with God asking, seeking, listening.
Don’t seek the provision. Seek the provider.
In the waves of change we find our true direction.
Difficult roads can lead to beautiful destinations.
God truly can take even our worst mistakes and somehow bring good from them. -Lysa Terkeurst
I’m thankful I’m not the author and finisher of my faith story. I would never have had the courage to write my story with the twists and turns it’s taken. But page by page – day by day – I can trace God’s hand of faithfulness through it all and stand amazed.