"Living by faith is not living by fear. Fear is self-focused -- afraid we will fail, afraid we will make a mistake, afraid we will be wrong. Faith is God-focused, trusting God to lead us, to be with us, to help us, to forgive us and to rescue us. God has not promised us fail-safe projects. He has not promised us freedom from mistakes. But He has promised His constant presence and that is enough.
When we live by faith, we are mainly led by the Spirit's inner peace in our hearts, trusting God to redirect or stop me when needed and to provide everything I need when I need it."
-Darlene Oppel: Oct. 2009 devotional
"In many of us, the fear of not getting what our heart longs for has led us to develop an unconscious pattern of distancing ourselves from our desire in order to avoid the pain of its lack of fulfillment."
"You may not realize it, but your desire for God is the truest and most essential thing about you. It is truer than your sin, it is truer than your woundedness, it is truer than your net worth, your marital status or any role or responsibility you hold. Your desire for God and your capacity to connect with God as a human soul is the essence of who you are."
-Ruth Barton: Invitation to Solitude and Silence