Gold Brush Stroke

The steps of faith fall on the seeming void and find the rock beneath.

- Walt Whitman

“You are valuable because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done, but simply because you are.”

- Max Lucado

“Affliction is but the shadow of God’s wing.”

- George MacDonald

“As sure as God ever puts His children into the furnace, He will be in the furnace with them.”

- C. H. Spurgeon

“A perfect faith would lift us absolutely above fear.”

- George MacDonald

“Faith makes the discords of the present the harmonies of the future.”

- Robert Collyer

“One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it.”

- Maya Angelou

“God hands gifts to some, whispers them to others.”

- W. R. Alger

“Gratitude is a soil on which joy thrives.”

- Auerbach

“If I only have the will to be grateful, I am so.”

- Seneca

“A single grateful thought towards heaven is the most perfect prayer.”

- Lessing

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”

- Cicero

“When the dark clouds gather most, the light is the more brightly revealed to us. When the night lowers and the tempest is coming on, the Heavenly Captain is always closest to His crew.”

- Charles Spurgeon

“If our faith does not work here today, it will not work at all.”

- Elisabeth Elliot

“He enjoys much who is thankful for little. A grateful mind is a great mind.”

- Secker

“I believe in God as I believe in the sun; not because I can see it, but because by it I can see all things.”

- C.S. Lewis

“God sends experience to paint men’s portraits.”

- Henry Ward Beecher

“Of all created comforts, God is the lender; you are the borrower, not the owner.”

- Rutherford

“History is but the unrolled scroll of prophecy.”

- James A. Garfield

“Birds finish the nest with their own breast, so it is the bosom that makes the home, and not the bill or the claw.”

- Henry Ward Beecher

“God has not called us to happiness; God has called us to obedience.”

- Luis Palau

“Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ, and go out into the irresistible future with Him.”

- Oswald Chambers

“The love of Christ is like the blue sky, into which you may see clearly, but the real vastness of which you cannot measure.”

- R.M. McCheyne

“We all make mistakes, but none of us are mistakes.”

- Nick Vujicic

“When a door closes another opens but oftentimes we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one that has been opened for us.”

- Anonymous

“The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of work.”

- Sarah Knowles Bolto

“If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad.”

- Epictetus

“If God sends us on strong paths we are provided strong shoes.”

- Corrie Ten Boom

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.”

- Napoleon Hill

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”

- Pablo Picasso

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

- Albert Einstein

“It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.”

- Vaclav Havel

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”

- William G.T. Shedd

“He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.”

- Benjamin Franklin

“God is the ultimate recycler. There’s nothing he can’t use for a better purpose.”

- Anthony DeStephano

“Your purpose may not always be obvious, but always remember that you do have a purpose.”

- Rodney Williams

Prayer begins at the edge of emptiness.

- Abraham Joshua Hesch

“In my deepest wound, I saw Your glory and it dazzled me.“

- St. Augustine

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

- Augustine

“It was by perseverance that the snail reached the ark”

- Charles Spurgeon

“We will tell others that there is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.”

- Betsie Ten Boom

“Whitefield and Wesley might preach the Gospel better than I do, but they cannot preach a better Gospel.”

- Charles Spurgeon

“God has given us two hands–one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.”

- Billy Graham

“The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.”

- Billy Graham

“What we call miraculous, God calls business as usual.”

- Liz Curtis Higgs

“God’s strength is fully revealed when our strength is fully depleted.”

- Liz Curtis Higgs

“There are 3 stages to every great work of God: First it’s impossible, Then it’s difficult, Then it’s done.”

- J. Hudson Taylor

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.”

- Melody Beattie

“We shall draw nearer to God not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in our lives, but by accepting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armor. If our hearts need to be broken, and if He chooses this as the way in which they should break, so be it.”

- C.S. Lewis

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

- C.T. Studd

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

- Henry David Thoreau

“When I try, I fail. When I trust, He succeeds.”

- Corrie Ten Boom

“Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; But only he who sees, takes off his shoes.”

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“Learn how to walk in truth by walking with truth.”

- Beth Moore

“Many men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them.”

- Henry David Thoreau

“It requires the inspiration of God to go through drudgery with the light of God upon it.”

- Oswald Chambers

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”

- C. S. Lewis

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”

- C. S. Lewis

“When Christ died, he died for you individually just as much as if you had been the only person in the world.”

- C. S. Lewis

“God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.”

- C. S. Lewis

“Faith in Christ is the only thing to save you from despair.”

- C. S. Lewis

“Though our feelings come and go, his love for us does not.”

- C. S. Lewis

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen — not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

- C. S. Lewis

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.”

- C. S. Lewis

“God isn’t through with you yet. This life is not a waiting room for death.”

- Ken Davis

“God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.”

- C.S. Lewis

“Don’t you know that day dawns after night, showers displace drought, and spring and summer follow winter? Then, have
hope! Hope forever, for God will not fail you!”

- Charles Spurgeon

“Even when dark clouds hover over us, even when wild storms rage inside us, high above those storm clouds, the sun is still shining.”

- Liz Curtis Higgs

“The Christian is dead and yet he lives forever. He died to himself and yet he lives in Christ.”

- A. W. Tozer

The issue of faith is not so much whether we believe in God, but whether we believe the God we believe in.

- R. C. Sproul

“The power of the Christian believer lies in the Savior’s triumph of eternal glory!”

- A.W. Tozer

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.

- Corrie Ten Boom

To see sin without grace is despair. To see grace without sin is arrogance. To see them in tandem is conversion!

- Max Lucado

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

- C.S. Lewis

“Worry is a thin stream of fear that trickles through the mind, which, if encouraged, will cut a channel so wide that all other thoughts will be drained out.”

- Author unknown

“You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have.”

- Corrie ten Boom

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

- Corrie ten Boom

“Give what you have; to someone it may be better than you dare to think.”

- Longfellow

People do not grow old; When they cease to grow, They become old.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prayer is the hand of faith on the door handle of your heart.

- Max Lucado

“Hope…means a continual looking forward to the eternal world….Aim at heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in.’ Aim at earth and you will get neither….”

- C.S. Lewis

“And every virtue we possess is His alone.”

- Oswald Chambers

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

- Amy Carmichael

“Let God’s promises shine on your problems.”

- Corrie ten Boom

By the time most folks get to greener pastures, they can’t climb the fence.

- Amish Proverb

“God is not less merciful or more meaningful. thankfully, He is full of mercy.”

- A.W. Tozer

“I have learned to kiss the wave that slams me into the Rock of Ages.”

- C. H. Spurgeon

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.

- Martin Luther

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.

- Martin Luther

God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.

- Martin Luther

I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.

- Martin Luther

Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God.

- Martin Luther

Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I may pray from the depths of my heart.

- Martin Luther

The fewer the words, the better the prayer.

- Martin Luther

I more fear what is within me than what comes from without.

- Martin Luther

“When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted, or take them with gratitude.”

- G.K. Chesterton

“When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?”

- G.K. Chesterton

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

- Nelson Mandela

“I’ll never be a non-stumbler. I’ll be a forgiven stumbler, but never a non-stumbler.”

- TobyMac

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”

- Augustine

“It is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desires which He creates”

- Amy Carmichael

Can we follow the Savior far, who have no wound or scar?

- Amy Carmichael

Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan.

- John Bunyan

“Regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow are twin thieves that rob us of the moment.”

- Penn Dutch Proverb

“When it is all over you will not regret having suffered; rather you will regret having suffered so little, and suffered that little so badly.”

- St. Sebastian

God will not be absent when His people are on trial; he will stand in court as their advocate, to plead on their behalf.

- Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“God has commanded the sacrifice of praise, and if it doesn’t cost you something, it isn’t a sacrifice.”

- Terry Law

“He shows up in His fullness when you praise Him from your emptiness, because that is when you truly have room for Him.”

- Terry Law

“That’s the nature of praise. It draws our attention away from our problems, no matter how overwhelming they are, and lifts our gaze to God.”

- Terry Law

It is only when men begin to worship that they begin to grow.

- Calvin Coolidge

When we bless God for mercies, we usually prolong them. When we bless God for miseries, we usually end them. Praise is the honey of life which a devout heart extracts from every bloom of providence and grace.

- Charles Spurgeon

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

- Thornton Wilder

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”

- Alphonse Karr

“In every circumstance and in every situation God is doing 1,000 more things than we could possibly see or know.”

- Dr. John Piper

“In the Kingdom of God, service is not a stepping-stone to nobility: it is nobility, the only kind of nobility that is recognized.”

- T.W. Manson

“Grace is the delivery of a jewel that nobody ordered, a burst of light in a room where everyone forgot it was dark.”

- David Jeremiah

“If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.”

- Robert Quillen

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”

- Neal A. Maxwell

We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.

- Harry Ironside, American preacher

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

- Charles Spurgeon

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”

- Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich!”

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.”

- Dwight L. Moody

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

- Joseph Campbell

“Every word and every deed, every thought and every gesture, even the simple act of paying attention can be a gift and therefore an echo of God’s life in us.”

- Miroslav Volf

“Faith is the way we as receivers relate appropriately to God as the giver. It is empty hands held open for God to fill.”

- Miroslav Volf

The cross is the lightning rod of grace that short-circuits God’s wrath.

- A.W. Tozer

Christ has not only spoken to us by his life, but has also spoken for us by his death.

- Soren Kierkegaard

Jesus did not die on the cross just so we could live comfortable, well-adjusted lives. His purpose is far deeper: He wants to make us like himself before he takes us to heaven. This is our greatest privilege, our immediate responsibility and our ultimate destiny.

- Rick Warren

Easter is always the answer to “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me!”

- Madeleine L’Engle

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.

- Stuart Townsend

“Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing, for most of us, that it is not.”

- Oscar Wilde

“Prayer does not change the purpose of God. But prayer does change the action of God.”

- Chuck Smith

“The cross shows us the seriousness of our sin—but it also shows us the immeasurable love of God.”

- Billy Graham

“God has not abandoned those with disabilities. No, He is working through them. God’s power always shows up best through weakness.”

- Joni Eareckson Tada

“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”

- Corrie Ten Boom

The man who built the manger had a purpose in mind… God had another. You’ll never know how far reaching God’s plan is for your work.

- Mark Hart

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”

- C.S. Lewis

“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.”

- C.S. Lewis

“If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things. It is we, of course, to whom things look ‘little’ or ‘big’.”

- Elisabeth Elliot

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

- Chuck Swindoll

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”

- Elisabeth Elliot

“The greater your knowledge of the goodness and grace of God on your life, the more likely you are to praise Him in the storm.”

- Matt Chandler

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.”

- Corrie Ten Boom

“The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.”

- Elisabeth Elliot

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.”

- Elisabeth Elliot

“If all struggles and sufferings were eliminated, the spirit would no more reach maturity than would the child.”

- Elisabeth Elliot

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”

- Martin Luther

My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?

- C. S. Lewis

It would be a good thing if young people were wise and old people were strong, but God has arranged things better.

- Martin Luther

I’ve read the last page of the Bible, it’s all going to turn out all right.

- Billy Graham

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