Scripture provides insight into additional disciplines--17 in all--and each is essential for strong spiritual development. This book introduces these disciplines and provides biblical proofs as well as present-day illustrations to show how God uses them to increase our capacity for enjoying Him.
This book is now on my list of all-time favorite books. An excellent book on growing in our relationship with God. It was timely for me and the things I'm considering with what is truly important in life and learning to trust that God is completely in control. Focusing on eternity and not just the here and now.
Quotes: "We are impatient with unknowns. Such is the strength of our culture. We thrive on the tenacity of medical researchers who resist the unknown with every atom of their beings. We builThis book is now on my list of all-time favorite books. An excellent book on growing in our relationship with God. It was timely for me and the things I'm considering with what is truly important in life and learning to trust that God is completely in control. Focusing on eternity and not just the here and now.
Quotes: "We are impatient with unknowns. Such is the strength of our culture. We thrive on the tenacity of medical researchers who resist the unknown with every atom of their beings. We build laboratories and think tanks and hire people to examine mysteries and solve them for us. Yet this, what is our very strength as a society, is the fatal flaw of the life of faith. Faith accepts that there are mysteries that will never be unraveled by the human mind...It gives up the urgent, human craving to have all the answers, all the time."
"Every day I can reject the spirit of entitlement that wars with humility. I can refuse to be demanding - of others, and of God; I can refuse to insist that I deserve to have my expectations met, my dreams fulfilled, my life made easy and smooth. And exercising humility, I can choose to release others from the bondage of my expectations."
"Humility and submission require us to let go of our idea of how life should be. They require us to relinquish our plans and expectations and let God arrange events and relationships according to his plan."
"We choose to trust God to be sufficient for our bodily needs, both now and in the future, in ways we can't foresee."
"He doesn't want us to derive security from our diplomas," "...money doesn't provide security. God does."
" 'Can you go forward into the adventure of discipleship without being in bondage to money - without being frantic as to whether you will have enough, or whether you will be allowed to spend it as you like?" "...will you rely on the illusion of security that money offers?' "
"The infinite wisdom of God knows what is important, what is superfluous, what is detrimental to the life of his disciples."
"The promises of God are numerous, and precious. But they do not include relief from suffering, exemption from hard times, or freedom from stress and duress."
"When, against all our feelings to the contrary, all our fears, we choose to believe in the sovereign goodness of God and make him the focal point of our lives, we are exercising the discipline of worship. We sacrifice the tendency of our nature to bemoan his dealings with us; we battle ego in those moments when the self wants to be enthroned, and we climb up on the altar, becoming a living sacrifice, slaying our will, embracing God's. When we have sacrificed our human reasoning and exchanged our desires for God's, we have exercised the discipline of worship. When we have praised him even though every molecule in us is crying out against our circumstances; when we have deliberately directed our focus to him and his promises of faithfulness, in spite of losses large and small, we have exercised the discipline of worship. We do it at times falteringly, even fearfully; but we do it because we believe that he is worthy of our total trust, and because we have learned that, without the discipline of worship, all possibility of intimacy with God will elude us."...more
So honestly? Most of the books that are chosen for women's bible study books are kind of boring and almost always poorly written. But this lady had me hanging on every word. She really had a beautiful voice and a fresh eye for the spiritual disciplines. For the first time in my life, I contemplated a voe of silence. Seriously.
It's been almost 10 years since I read this but I remember how deeply touched I was by it. It really spoke to my heart at the time and is a book I would most definitely like to revisit in the future. Now, in fact, would actually be a really good time. lol