Monday, November 02, 2009

The Diamond Dust of Heaven

"Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with." (Robert Leighton)

"One son God hath without sin, but none without sorrow." (John Trapp)

"Affliction may be lasting, but it is not everlasting." (Thomas Watson)

"Not to be afflicted is a sign of weakness; for, therefore God imposeth no more on me, because He sees I can bear no more." (Joseph Hall)

"The Lord does not measure out our affections according to our faults, but according to our strength, and looks not what we have deserved, but what we are able to bear." (George Downame)

"A common but futile strategy for achieving joy is trying to eliminate things that hurt: get rid of pain by numbing the nerve ends, get rid of insecurity by eliminating risks, get rid of disappointments by depersonalizing your relationships. And then try to lighten the boredom of such a life by buying joy in the form of vacations and entertainment." (Eugene Peterson)

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