I mimic my teachers. The world and its churches are my loudest classrooms. They scream and shout down the divine order to my life. Their education has hindered and hurt me.
In the self-help spiritual swamp there are no survivors. (Brennan Manning)
Now I choose the classroom that is as superior as it is correct.
Solitude is the furnace of transformation. This stoking and stroking of the inner fire is the wisdom of silence.
Jesus' words within that are born of silence convey intimate, affective and loving knowledge of Himself.
Dismiss silence and solitude as trophies reserved for monks and cloistered nuns, and the consequences for discipleship are predictable. (Brennan Manning)
The soul requires solitude as much lungs gasp for oxygen. For it is from solitude that the Lord opens my heart and gives me a heart to know Him. Such is solitude that my scaffolding all falls away.
To replace relationship with Jesus for ritual to Jesus and education about Jesus is to drown in the systems of men. It as if I try to know my wife's heart by only flicking the pages of my family's photo album.
Sheer scholarship alone cannot reveal to us the gospel of grace. We must never allow the authority of books, institutions, or leaders to replace the authority of knowing Jesus Christ personally and directly. (Brennan Manning)
We have weakened our souls by study and dulled our hearts by service, while the joy-filled invitation to silence, stillness and solitude awaits.
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'Time is but the fringe of eternity'. ~ anon
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