All block quotes are from “Prayer, the Cure for Care” by Charles Spurgeon
Turn everything that is a care into a prayer. Let your cares be the raw material of your prayers, and as the alchemists hoped to turn dross into gold, so do you, by a holy alchemy, actually turn what naturally would have been a care into spiritual treasure in the form of prayer. Baptize every anxiety into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and so make it into a blessing.
From “Our Lord’s Question to the Blind Men” by Charles Spurgeon
Sinners are not half as sensible as sparrows. David said in one of the psalms, “I watch and am as a sparrow alone upon the housetop.” Well, have you noticed the sparrow? He keeps his eyes open and the moment he sees a grain of wheat or anything to eat down in the road, he flies to get it. I never knew him wait for someone to invite him, much less to beg and beseech him to come and feed. He sees the food and he says to himself, “Here is a hungry sparrow and there is a piece of bread. Those two things go well together—they shall not be long apart.” Down he flies and eats up all he can find as fast as he finds it. Oh, if you had half the sense of the sparrow, you would say, “Here is a guilty sinner and there is a precious Savior. These two things go well together—they shall not be long apart. I believe in Jesus and Jesus is mine.”
Some have wondered how I have been able to have joy in the midst of physical suffering. There is only one answer to that question: my faith. I used to wonder how a person’s faith could provide strength to bear afflictions. Now I know, and I want others to know.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Block quotes are from “Contentment” by Charles Spurgeon
“I know how to abound.” There are a great many men, who know a little about how to be abased, who do not know at all how to abound! When they are put down into the pit with Joseph, they look up and see the starry promise, and they hope for an escape; but when they are put on the top of a pinnacle, their heads grow dizzy, and they are ready to fall!
Block quotes are from “Contentment” by Charles Spurgeon
You will see at once from reading [Phil. 4:11], upon the very surface, that contentment in all states is not a natural propensity of man. Ill weeds grow apace – covetousness, discontent, and murmuring – are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. You have no need to sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, because they are native to earth, upon which rests the curse. So you have no need to teach men to complain, they complain fast enough without any education. But the precious things of the earth must be cultivated. If we would have wheat, we must plow and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden and all the gardener’s care. Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven and if we would have it, it must be cultivated! It will not grow in us by nature; it is the new nature, alone, that can produce it, and even then we must be specially careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate the divine grace which God has sown in it. Paul says, “I have learned to be content”
For a long time, my prayers have all started, “Oh, Lord.” I have learned to be so thankful for God’s sovereignty that the cry of my heart is for Him to rule my life. As a loving King, he has taught me what submission truly means. This is pleasing to Him, but I have recently felt convicted that there is another way to address Him, a word that acknowledges another aspect of our relationship.
When I was first saved, I was in the midst of a tremendously chaotic time of my life, feeling hurt and abandoned. I desired to climb into a parent’s lap, like a child, crying for this person who was bigger than me to guide and comfort me. God reached out with grace, pulling me into His loving arms, guiding me into His gift of salvation…adopting me.
I remembered this thought when I recently suffered a bout of insomnia and pain. As I lay curled in my bed, I imagined God holding me in His lap and soothing me. This picture in my mind was an unspoken prayer to my Father.
When Jesus’ disciples asked Him how to pray, he instructed them to begin with the word “Father” (Matt. 6:9, Luke 11:2). He demonstrated this in His own Gethsemane prayer for the cup to pass from Him if it was the Father’s will (Matt. 26:39). In addition, His plea from the cross for the salvation of those who didn’t know what they were doing to Him was addressed to His Father (Luke 23:34). My desire is to follow Jesus’ example, coming to God as my Father in prayer.
As I approach the empty nest stage of life, I am wondering what I will be doing over the next few years. I had originally thought that I would return to the workplace in order to help with the expense involved with having multiple children in college at the same time. However, my physical disabilities greatly limit my employment possibilities. Cooking will occupy much of my time; maintaining a particular diet is essential for more than one family member. Bible study is core every day. I will serve within church ministries as I am able. I look forward to all of these things, but it seems that there is something I’m missing, and I don’t know what it is. What is God’s will for me?Read More »
I just read this post about suffering/Suffering and felt convicted that the post I was preparing to write for this week might be better replaced with one on gratefulness. Admittedly, I use the word “suffering” to describe my physical pain and loss of ability, but there are many who are Suffering in ways that I can only imagine. When I think of them, I pray for their comfort and endurance while also praying thankfulness for my blessings.
From Charles Spurgeon’s Verse Exposition on Job 19
See the gardener going up to that beautiful tree. He takes out a sharp knife, feels its edge to be sure that it is keen, and then he begins pruning it here, gashing it there, and making it to bleed in another place, as if he were going to cut it all to pieces. Yet all that is not because he has any anger against the tree; but, on the contrary, because he greatly values it, and wishes it to bring forth more fruit than it has ever done. Do not think that God’s sharpest knife means death to His loved ones; it means more life, and a richer, fuller life.
All quotes are from “Concerning Death” by Charles Spurgeon
What are the times when men are able to speak of death quietly and happily? Sometimes they do so in periods of great bodily suffering. I have on several occasions felt everything like fear of dying taken from me simply by the process of weariness, for I could not wish to lie any longer in such pain as I then endured, and I have no doubt that such an experience is common among sufferers from acute disorders. The sons and daughters of affliction are not only trained to await the Lord’s will, but they are even driven to desire to depart; they would sooner rest from so stern a struggle than continue the fierce conflict. It is well that pain and anguish should cut the ropes which moor us to these earthly shores that we may spread our sails for a voyage to the Better Land. Oh, what a place heaven must be to those whose bones have worn through their skin through long lying upon the bed of anguish!