|A Prayer Diary||
If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself.
When people wanted Him (Jesus) to tell them what God’s realm was like, He told them stories about their own lives.
Barbara Brown Taylor
Ultimately, Christianity is not so much about going to heaven when you die as about being fully reconciled with God, his people and ourselves.
If you wish to learn how to pray, keep your gaze fixed on the end of attention or of prayer. This end is adoration, contrition of heart, love of neighbor.
The spiritual life is not something that is gotten for the wishing or assumed by affectation. The spiritual life takes discipline.
Our deepest freedom rests not in our freedom to do what we want to do but rather in our freedom to become who God wills us to be.
I surrender myself to God without any conditions or reservations. I shall not bargain with [God]. I shall not make my surrender piecemeal but I shall lay bare the very center of me, that all of my very being shall be charged with the creative energy of God.
…the meaning of prayer—I tell God what I know He knows in order that I may get to know it as He does.
Our deepest freedom rests not in our freedom to do what we want to do but rather in our freedom to become who God wills us to be. --James Finley