Monday, August 30, 2010

For You, Me, and Everyone We Know (or at least, for me)

Combing through our bookshelves, I stumbled upon a throw-back devotional from 1991. My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers (Copyright 1935).

I reached for it and did what I always do - I looked at the top corner of the closed book. Sure enough, there were nearly 20 pages dog-eared - my indisputable mark that the book is good.

I remembered my very favorite passage from the book...something about an arrow and patience and romance. I knew its corner would be turned, its words underlined and marked. This was one that I had read and re-read. One morning just before my Junior year of college, I used it as the foundation for incoming Freshman devotions. (Guess who was sitting out in that crowd, unbeknownst to me?)

Sure enough - May 8. There it was, outlined in faded, yellow highlighter, tiny arrows inked black. The words that I clung to 15 years ago somehow mean even more to me now, as a real grown-up.

"Patience is more than endurance. A saint's life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says - 'I cannot stand anymore'. God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly...."


"Faith is the heroic effort of your life; you fling yourself in reckless confidence on God."

"The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering. If we take this view, life becomes one great romance, a glorious opportunity for seeing marvelous things all the time."

Enjoy this Monday, friends. Fling yourselves in reckless confidence.

32 comments:

  1. Just what I needed to hear (and believe) today. Thanks.

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  2. such a good book, this i'm saying although i only ever made it 1/5 of the way through... like you said, several dog-eared pages, highlighting & underlining on nearly every single page.

    alright, you've done it now... i'm going to have to start reading it again:)

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  3. Ahmen. I needed this soo soo sooooo much. Thank you.

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  4. Oh, Amen and Amen. Such a truth we so desperately need almost every hour not just day. Precious post here.

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  5. Oh, that's lovely. Thanks once again for the lesson!

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  6. I so love that. I'm flinging...I know you are too!

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  7. That was good for me. :) Thanks for sharing, friend.

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  8. Oh, Shannan. You have no idea how much my heart needed this today. Thank-you.

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  9. So great! Affirmation all over again. God is in the push and the pull, in the calm and in the storm, and in the moments when patience is the hardest.

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  10. Beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful day!
    ~Holly

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  11. Oh, how wonderful! I see that book all the time while thrifting. I will pick up the next copy I see!

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  12. beautiful. love the bow and arrow analogy. much needed. :)

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  13. Thank you, I needed the reminder today. Trusting when you are armpit deep in life and pleading for a life preserver is sometimes so difficult. I am praying that God will let it fly soon, We need to move forward towards our next target! Hope you have a happy Monday! Thank you for your encouragement, praying for you this week too!

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  14. Thanks for this. such wisdom in those words. :) have a great monday!

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  15. I used this as a devotional in college and I can still remember how each and every passage spoke to me. Maybe I should go back and use it again. No other devotional book really got my mind churning as much as that one.

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  16. beautiful....just beautiful...thank you I needed that.

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  17. No way!!! I can't not believe you just featured this book!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK, my Mama gave me one some time ago and it one that we both treasure and go back to often!! :-)
    Love Carissa

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  18. Amen sista! My mama loves that book.

    Isn't it amazing what flipping through old books does for the soul. My mama gave me one of her old Bibles about 2 years ago and she had marked in it and made notes from devotionals and Sunday messages. I adore it. It means a lot to have a that kind of piece of her with me when I'm looking for a paticular verse and see that she has already been there... done that.

    Pressing On, The Lady of the House

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  19. Oh I LOVE this! I have gone back and forth - on and off again - with mr.chambers in the last few years of high school, and I think I might stop back in. There is so much passion, so much joy, so much knowledge in what he writes and how he shares the Word. I love how you shared this and...I'm so glad he was sitting in that audience :)

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  20. A beautiful post, Shannan. You are like a beacon of light in the storm! I ♥ You!

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  21. I love it! Thank you! If you get a chance swing by and look at a room I am designing for a client! Hugs, Meme

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  22. That is one of the best devotionals I've ever owned!

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  23. I LOVE that book! Have re-read it several times...although I don't think I've ever actually made it through one consecutive year. Anyways, what a great phrase..."reckless confidence"! Awesome!

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  24. piercing words, and so timely.

    bless you deep and full and all over, my friend.

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  25. I love reading about your life..you share so generously. You have such a beautiful way with words, thank you for sharing your heart.
    Blessings,
    Shani

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  26. Just get ready to hold on when He lets fly! It is hard not knowing which way the arrow is pointed though, isn't it?

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  27. Thank you for this.
    I am going to pick
    up a copy for my 15-
    year old daughter as
    I think she could
    especially use it,
    at this point in
    her life.
    xx Suzanne
    PS: Hope I can find it....

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  28. I LOVE this devotional! Somehow, it manages to be just what I need on the day I read it! Thanks for reminding me to dig it up again.

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  29. i've been on one of those strange string of links where you're not sure how you got to where you are......
    but i'm glad i landed here.
    beautiful family, beautiful words-----
    beautiful life!
    so happy to make a new friend.
    loves,
    edie

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  30. Loved hearing words of wisdom from Oswald Chambers..one of my favourites :)
    Im your newest follower (purehunnybee)
    Deborah \0/

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