Quotes from Some of My Favorite Authors

…in no particular order:

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”  C.S. Lewis

“God is God.  If He is God, He is worthy of my worship and my service.  I will find rest nowhere but in His will and that will is infinitely, immeasurably, unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.  God is the God of human history, and He is at work continuously, mysteriously accomplishing His eternal purposes in us, through us, for us and in spite of us…cause and effect are in God’s hands.  Is it not the part of faith simply to let them rest there?  God is God.  I dethrone Him in my heart if I demand that He act in ways that satisfy my idea of justice…the One who lay the foundations of the earth and settled its dimensions knows where the lines are drawn.  He gives all the light we need for trust and obedience.”  Elisabeth Elliot.

“Nothing is a surprise to God.  Nothing is a setback to His plans.  Nothing can thwart His purposes.  Nothing is beyond His control.  His sovereignty is absolute.  Everything that happens is uniquely ordained by God.  Sovereignty is a weighty thing to ascribe to the nature and character of God.  Yet if He were not sovereign, He would not be God.  The Bible is clear that God is in control of everything that happens.”  Joni Erikson Tada

“You have been set on this earth as a unique jewel, as a gem that has certain sparkling possibilities when the light of the Son hits them.  As you glisten and gleam, you encourage, enlighten, and strengthen those who are lost in the gloom of their personal swamp.  Even though you may feel insignificant, God can use you.”  Chuck Swindoll

“God’s glory bursts through most brightly when the night is darkest.  His strength is proven most sufficient when we are weakest.  His love penetrates most deeply when we feel unloved.  The route to knowing God eventually passes directly through the valley of profound loneliness.  It is the times when there is no one but God that we learn to know Him most fully.” Larry Crabb

“Once you live a good story, you get a taste for a kind of meaning in life, and you can’t go back to being normal…to meaningless schemes stitched together by the forgettable thread of wasted time. ” Don Miller

“When we feel a sense of dryness, aloneness and/or lostness spiritually, it may be one of the times God brings us into a stillness so that He can work an inner transformation upon the soul – stripping away any overdependence on emotions…In order for Jesus to truly shine through a life, the hard exterior has to be broken and removed.  A life broken and used by God is the work of God.  God’s finest tool in our lives is the tool of suffering.”  Richard Foster

“I don’t know all the answers but I believe strongly that at the end of time no one will be able to stand before God and say ‘You were unfair!’  However history settles out, it will settle on the side of justice tempered by mercy.”  Philip Yancey

“It is compromise on the little issues that leads to greater downfalls.”  Jerry Bridges

“It costs us our lives to be disciples but it’s our chance to give our lives to significance rather than mediocrity.”  Walter A. Henrichsen

“We can offer no solutions, no easy answers to other people’s tragedies.  We can only be there.  It is Jesus they need, not us, and even He offers no answers.  He offers Himself.  It is when people find their way through to Him that the pain of their life becomes the pain not of death but of birth.  A thing of hope.”  Penelope Wilcock

“Why pray?  Evidently, God likes to be asked.  He certainly does not need our wisdom or our knowledge, nor even the information contained in our prayers.  But by inviting us into the partnership of creation, He also invites us into relationship…God yearns for relationship with the creatures made in His image.”  Philip Yancey

“Heaven is not here, it’s There.  If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next.  God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”  Elisabeth Elliot


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2 Responses to Quotes from Some of My Favorite Authors

  1. Ginny says:

    Wow. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed each one. Will try to read them again & again to absorb their encouragement.


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