Friday, November 16, 2012

Growing in the Grace of Thanksgiving

*All of these quotes come from Ann Voskamp's blog, A Holy Experience

"Anything I have, I don’t deserve.
Everything I have isn’t a given — it’s given.
Nothing is a given — everything’s a gift.
Who am I to complain in losses when what I lost wasn’t mine to begin with?" 
~ Ann Voskamp

“If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness
and all perfection, he must tell you to 
make a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything
that happens to you.

It is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you,

if you thank and praise God for it,
you turn it into a blessing.

If you could work miracles,

therefore, you could not do more for yourself
than by this thankful spirit.

It heals and turns all that it touches into happiness.” 

~ William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life

“I do not admire the term ‘progressive sanctification’, for it is unwarranted by Scripture.

But it is certain that the Christian does grow in grace.

And though his conflict may be as severe in the last day of his life as in the first moment of conversion, yet he does advance in grace —

and all his imperfections and his conflicts within cannot prove that he has not made progress.” 
~ Charles Spurgeon