Thursday, January 19, 2012

'But Not Without Sacrifice' and Curly Hair

Today's chapter I read in the book "Choosing Gratitude"is called "But Not without Sacrifice." It is the chapter of this book I have been waiting to read. It is all about choosing gratitude toward God even in the hardest of times. I simply want to record in bullet point style some of the things that really spoke to my heart. 

"To give thanks to Him for all things, is indeed, a very difficult duty; for it include giving thanks for trials of all kinds; for suffering and pain; for reproaches; for loneliness. Yet those who have learned submission will not find it a hard duty." -Priscilla Maurice

"God, I have never thanked you for my thorn! I have thanked you a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorn. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed to you by the path of pain. Show me that my tears have made my rainbow." -George Matheson

"The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21

"Not unscarred, not unmoved, not functioning out of reality like robots, but still spotting reasons for hope and promise. They seem to know that the only thing more debilitating than what they're going through would be going through it ungratefully." (or unchanged!!) -Nancy Lee DeMoss

"No, the days don't always get easier. The night can still drag until utter exhaustion finally pulls a person under for a few hours' sleep. But those who say "No" to resentment and "Yes" to gratitude even in the face of excruciating pain, incomprehensible loss, and ongoing adversity, are the ones who really survive. They stand against the tide of memories, threats, loss, sadness, and answer back. With gratitude." -Nancy Lee DeMoss

"The question that came to her heart was: 'Can you thank Me for trusting you with this experience, even if I never tell you why?' " -Helen Roseveare

"My circumstances didn't change but He changed me in the midst of them." -Nancy Lee DeMoss

"I have learned along the way that, regardless of how I may feel, anything that makes me need God is (ultimately, in the truest sense) a blessing. Be it disappointment. Be it physical suffering. Be it mental or relational anguish." -Nancy Lee Demoss  

"Gratitude may not change your situation, perhaps not even a little. But it will put you in the only possible position for experiencing everything God desires for you throughout this hard stretch of life." -Nancy Lee DeMoss
"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be on my mouth!"Psalm 34:1

Today while Annabelle was in school, Adelyn decided she wanted to take a bath and so her hair was so curly. I was just dying at how cute it was so I finally got out my camera and took some pictures and then I snapped one of the snow today for the snow lovers.

Hoping my sweet babies feel better soon!

Oh and don't forget about the giveaway of the book "Choosing Gratitude" by Nancy Lee DeMoss. Comment here if you would like to enter!

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