A Simple Creed

If you can keep the simple, homely virtue Of walking right with God - - then have no fear That anything in all the world can hurt you - - And - - which is more - - you'll be a Woman, dear. ~McEvoy

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Amazing Love

Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
~When I Survey the Wondrous Cross by Isaac Watts

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Romans 12

Therefore, I urge you, brothers,
in view of God's mercy,
to offer your bodies as living sacrifices,
holy and pleasing to God
--this is your spiritual act of worship.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is
his good, pleasing and perfect will.

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you:
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought,
but rather think of yourself with sober judgment,
in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

Just as each of us has one body with many members,
and these members do not all have the same function,
so in Christ we who are many form one body,
and each member belongs to all the others.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.
If a man's gift is prophesying,
let him use it in proportion to his faith.
If it is serving,
let him serve;
if it is teaching,
let him teach;
if it is encouraging,
let him encourage;
if it is contributing to the needs of others,
let him give generously;
if it is leadership,
let him govern diligently;
if it is showing mercy,
let him do it cheerfully.

Love must be sincere.

Hate what is evil;
cling to what is good.

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.
Honor one another above yourselves.

Never be lacking in zeal,
but keep your spiritual fervor,
serving the Lord.

Be joyful in hope,
patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer.

Share with God's people who are in need.
Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you;
bless and do not curse.

Rejoice with those who rejoice;
mourn with those who mourn.

Live in harmony with one another.

Do not be proud,
but be willing to associate with people of low position.
Do not be conceited.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil.

Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
If it is possible,
as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone.

Do not take revenge, my friends,
but leave room for God's wrath,
for it is written:
"It is mine to avenge;
I will repay,"

says the Lord.
On the contrary:
"If your enemy is hungry,
feed him;
if he is thirsty,
give him something to drink.
In doing this,
you will heap burning coals on his head."

Do not be overcome by evil,
but overcome evil with good.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Words of Wisdom from Pride and Prejudice

"I know your disposition, Lizzy. I know that you could be neither happy or respectable, unless you truly esteemed your husband; unless you looked up to him as a superior. Your lively talents would place you in the greatest danger in an unequal marriage. You could scarcely escape discredit and misery. My child, let me not have the grief of seeing you unable to respect your partner in life."
~Mr. Bennet to his daughter in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen