maandag 3 juli 2017

He takes the junk of our lives



"I grew up hearing everyone tell me 'God loves you'.
I would say big deal -- God loves everybody. That don't make me special!
That just proves that God ain't got no taste.
And I don't think He does. Thank God!
Because He takes the junk of our lives and He makes the most beautiful art of it."
~Rich Mullins



donderdag 29 juni 2017

A larger hope



"The small and even overpowering pains of our lives are intimately connected
with the greater pains of Christ.
Our daily sorrows are anchored in a greater sorrow, and therefore a larger hope."
~Henri Nouwen


zondag 18 juni 2017

Something beautiful in your heart




  Kasteel Amerongen, my second home...

"In difficult times carry something beautiful in your heart."
~Blaise Pascal


zaterdag 17 juni 2017

Keep love in your heart


Zandenplas, Nunspeet

"Keep love in your heart.
A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."
~Oscar Wilde


dinsdag 6 juni 2017

We know with Whom we go


Wijk bij Duurstede

"Wherever Jesus may lead us, He goes before us.
If we don’t know where we are going, we know with Whom we go."
~Charles Spurgeon


donderdag 1 juni 2017

Hope



"Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances
which we know to be desperate."
~G.K. Chesterton


zondag 14 mei 2017

Some good



"There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for."
~J.R.R. Tolkien


vrijdag 12 mei 2017

What You want to give me






"Dear God,
I am so afraid to open my clenched fists!
Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to?
Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands?
Please help me to gradually open my hands
and to discover that I am not what I own,
but what You want to give me."
~Henri Nouwen



My favorite spot in Amsterdam

Prinsengracht with Westerkerk and Westertoren



dinsdag 25 april 2017

Trying to have a bright day



"Trying to be happy without a sense of God’s presence is like trying to 
have a bright day without the sun."
~A.W. Tozer


dinsdag 4 april 2017

At the door of God's mercy



"A ragamuffin knows he's only a beggar at the door of God's mercy."
~Brennan Manning


maandag 3 april 2017

Little things



"Little things comfort us because little things distress us."
~Blaise Pascal


woensdag 29 maart 2017

The shelter of the Most High



"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty."
~ Psalm 91:1



maandag 20 maart 2017

As you come to Him



"As you come to Him, the living stone -- rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious 
to Him -- you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house."
~1 Peter 2:4


zondag 19 maart 2017

O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes


Castletown-Berehaven

 "How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me."
~Psalm 13


woensdag 15 maart 2017

There are three things that will remain



"If you try to have faith, you will be attacked by doubts you never knew you were capable of.
But you keep on believing, even if you fall, even if you struggle with doubts, you keep on believing.

And if you live a life that is marked by hope, by the belief that God is good, and there is goodness in the world that awaits us, you'll be disappointed. You'll be crushed, even, sometimes.
But you keep on hoping.

And if you choose to love, you will be misunderstood, you will be betrayed, you will be rejected by the people who most desperately need the love you have to offer.
We are blemished people, and in order to love anybody,
in any way, we have to expose that part of us that we'd rather keep hidden.
Our own selfishness, our own fears, our own hangups, and it's embarrassing. So humiliating.
But you keep on loving.

Many of us are obsessed with becoming rich, many of us are obsessed with becoming smart.
But all of our wisdom, all of our great insights; we see in part and we prophesy in part..
But when that which is perfect comes, that which is in part is done away with.
But There are three things that will remain: faith, and hope, and love.
Make sure you live in those."
―Rich Mullins


dinsdag 14 maart 2017

I shall not be afraid



"When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?"
~Psalm 56:3-4


maandag 6 maart 2017

To be smart?



"But the nice thing about getting older is that it bothers you less and less 
how stupid you are.
Because you hang out with smart people long enough and you see that  they have
nothing that you want.
It's more important to be alive than it is to be smart.
Better a living dog than a dead lion, I guess."
~Rich Mullins


zaterdag 4 maart 2017

Innocent and the beautiful



"The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time."
~W.B. Yeats


zaterdag 18 februari 2017

Come to life as well



"We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well."
~George MacDonald


maandag 13 februari 2017

Know



"Be still, and know that I am GOD."
~Psalm 46:10


maandag 6 februari 2017

Grow in the grace



"Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen."
~2 Peter 3:18


zondag 5 februari 2017

Take hold


Bossen bij Nunspeet

"Fight the good fight of the faith.
Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called"
~1 Timothy 6:12


zaterdag 4 februari 2017

His offspring



"For 'In Him we live and move and have our being’;
as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed His offspring'."
~Psalm 136:9




woensdag 18 januari 2017

What can flesh do to me?



"When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?"
~Psalm 56:3-4


zaterdag 14 januari 2017

Day by Day



"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away,
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."
~2 Corinthians 4:16


maandag 9 januari 2017

Jesus loved the broken


Noorderheide, Elspeet

"Christianity is not about building an absolutely secure little niche in the world,
where you can live with your perfect little wife and your perfect little children
in your beautiful little house,
where you have no minority groups anywhere near you.
Christianity is about learning to love like Jesus loved, and Jesus loved the poor
and Jesus loved the broken."
~Rich Mullins


woensdag 4 januari 2017

Giving


Cliffs of Kilkee

"Our greatest fulfillment lies in giving ourselves to others."
~Henri Nouwen


maandag 2 januari 2017

May the Lord keep you


Cervinia

"May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make His face to shine upon you, 
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, 
and give you peace."
~Numbers 6


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