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The best way to know God
is to love many things.

Vincent van Gogh

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The majority of us do not enthrone God, we enthrone common sense.  We make our decisions and then ask the real God to bless our God's decision.       -Oswald Chambers
   

A tragic mistake that is often made is to assume that the will of God is bound to be something very dull and uninviting, if not positively unpleasant.  Consciously or not some persons look upon God as a hard taskmaster, or a severe parent. . . . The truth is that the will of God for us always means greater freedom, greater self-expression, newer and brighter experience, wider opportunity of service to others—life more abundant.      -Emmet Fox

   

I believe that life is given us so we may grow in love, and I believe that God is in me as the sun is in the colour and fragrance of a flower--the Light in my darkness, the Voice in my silence.       -Helen Keller

   

People substitute tradition for the living experience of the love of God.  They talk and think as though walking with God was attained by walking in the footsteps of people who walked with God.       -Francis Howgill

   

God doesn't do the work for you; he does the work through you.  It's not enough to look up; you must also look within.       -Patti LaBelle

    
The highest condition of the religious sentiment is when. . . the worshiper not only sees God everywhere, but sees nothing which is not full of God.       -Harriet Martineau

  
I once heard a man say he knew there was a God, he just didn’t think he needed Him.  It is nice to take care of yourself and be independent, but it is also nice to know that you have a resource to rely on in times of need.  If you are used to fending entirely for yourself, then when a catastrophe occurs you will expend a lot of energy looking for help at a time when you need your energy looking for help at a time when you need your energy for creative work.       -Bernie Siegel
    
The heavens are not filled with hostility.  The sky does not express a frown.  When I look up I do not contemplate a face of brass, but the face of infinite good will.  Yet when I was a child, many a picture has made me think of God as suspicious, inhumanly watchful, always looking round the corner to catch me at the fall.  That “eye,” placed in the sky of many a picture, and placed there to represent God, filled my heart with chilling fear. . . . Heaven overflows with good will toward us!  Our God not only wishes good, he wills it!       -John Henry Jowett
   

I can see, and that is why I can be happy, in what you call the dark, but which to me is golden. I can see a God-made world, not a man-made world.       -Helen Keller

   

In our first, most immature relationship with God, we perceive God as the big parent in the sky, the omnipresent, omnipotent flock of angels that supports us.  Based on this relationship, we grow and come to know ourselves and our abilities. We begin to use the support we have received in our life to serve. And as we serve our children, as we serve society, as we serve the world, as we serve our soul, we gradually discover ourselves to be pure instruments in the service of God.       -John Gray

   
A priest friend of mine has cautioned me away from the standard God of our childhoods, who loves you and guides you and then, if you are bad, roasts you:  God as a high school principal in a gray suit who never remembered your name but is always leafing unhappily through your files.        -Anne Lamott
   
It seems to be a general belief that the will of God is to make things distasteful for us, like taking bad-tasting medicine when we are sick, or going to the dentist.  Somebody needs to tell us that the sunrise is also God’s will.  There is the time of harvest, the harvest which will provide food and clothes for us, without which life could not be sustained on earth.  God ordered the seasons—they are his will.  In fact, the good things in life far outweigh the bad.  There are more sunrises than cyclones.      -Charles L. Allen
  

There's an old saying that God made us in His image, and we've been trying to return the favor ever since.  People often view God in a human image.  This God changes His mind, gets upset, answers some prayers but not others, loves some people but not others.  But even with that limited image, if we pray sincerely, we'll eventually realize that God is changeless.  He's the same all the time because He's not in time--time is in Him.        -Michael Beckwith

   

   

If someone were to ask me whether I believed in God, or saw God, or had a particular relationship with God, I would reply that I don't separate God from my world in my thinking.  I feel that God is everywhere.  That's why I never feel separated from God or feel I must seek God, any more than a fish in the ocean feels it must seek water.  In a sense, God is the "ocean" in which we live.       -Robert Fulghum

    
It is of course evident that everything in one’s religious life depends upon the sort of God one worships.  The character of the worshiper must necessarily be molded by the character of the object worshipped.  If it is a cruel and revengeful God, or a selfish and unjust God, the worshiper will be cruel, and revengeful, and selfish, and unjust, also.  If it is a loving, tender, forgiving, unselfish God, the worshiper will be loving, and tender, and forgiving, and unselfish, as well.       -Hannah Whitall Smith
   

God, you see, loves us in a way the world does not:  unconditionally.  Without an agenda.  With no fine print that says He loves us now, but it’s only an introductory-rate offer that will change after six months, based on prime interest rates.  With no campaign promise that He’ll love us, but only if we vote for Him or give to His campaign fund.  With no prenuptial agreement that says He’ll love us, but just in case, let’s put together a contract.
   Grace promises that eternal life awaits not those who live a perfect life, say so many Hail Marys, never miss church, or donate so much money.  It awaits those who believe with a childlike faith.      -Bob Welch

   
I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that He has a sense of humor.       -Dean Inge

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Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee,
All through the night;
Guardian angels God will lend thee,
All through the night;
Soft the drowsy hours are creeping,
Hill and dale in slumber sleeping,
Love alone his watch is keeping--
All through the night.

Old Welsh Air
   
God made sun and moon to distinguish the seasons, and day and night; and we cannot have the fruits of the earth but in their seasons.  But God hath made no decrees to distinguish the seasons of His mercies.  In Paradise the fruits were ripe the first minute, and in heaven it is always autumn. His mercies are ever in their maturity.       -John Donne
   

One of the most powerful concepts, one which is a sure cure for lack of confidence, is the thought that God is with you and helping you. This is one of the simplest teachings in religion, namely, that Almighty God will be your companion, will stand by you, help you, and see you through. No other idea is so powerful in developing self-confidence as this simple belief when practiced. To practice it simply affirm "God is with me; God is helping me; God is guiding me." Spend several minutes each day visualizing his presence. Then practice believing that affirmation.       -Norman Vincent Peale

    
God doesn't dwell on some distant cloud. God doesn't live in the church or in the temple or within the crystals, crosses and statues that we imbue with attributes of the divine. And God doesn't need our pleas or even our praise. To prostrate ourselves and plead for the things we want doesn't draw them nearer to us. Beseeching a faraway God only engenders feelings of separation and alienation. It is practicing the absence, not the presence, of God.
   God is right here, wherever you are. God is within you and everywhere around you. God is omnipresent and omniscient. You never have to beg or bargain with God for anything. The Holy Spirit knows your needs even before you do. And it is God's very nature to fulfill your needs, at the time and in the manner that is best for you. There are many lessons we must learn in our lifetime, but none is more essential to our happiness than this one.
   We never have to entreat God to be more kind and benevolent. God is kindness and benevolence. The very substance of God is love--the love that created you and me and all living things. It is the love within the little acorn that becomes the great oak tree, the love that protects the lilies of the field. God is the love that is breathing for you, the love that is beating your heart.       -Susan L. Taylor
     
God can dream a bigger dream for you than you can dream for yourself, and your role on Earth is to attach yourself to that divine force and let yourself be released to it.       -Oprah Winfrey
    
When I remember that the primary purpose of life is to feel and appreciate the presence of God, to live from a state of love and compassion, and to be of service to others, then instantly, like magic, I begin to feel at peace.       -Richard Carlson
   

   
Oh Thou who art!  Ecclesiastes names thee the Almighty.  Maccabees names thee Creator; the epistle to the Ephesians names thee Liberty. . . the Psalms name thee Wisdom and Truth; John names thee Light; the Book of Kings names thee Lord; Exodus calls thee Providence; Leviticus, Holiness; Esdras, Justice; Creation calls thee God; Man names thee Father; but Solomon names thee Compassion, and that is the most beautiful of all thy names.       -Victor Hugo
   
The kingdom of God is within you.       -Luke 17:21
   
It's only by forgetting yourself that you draw near to God.       -Henry David Thoreau
   
   
We mustn't reserve communing with God just for morning and evening prayers, or for weekly worship service, or for when we feel burdened.  The goal is to realize that every moment is a meditation.  Allow yourself to marvel at the wonder of God's work all around us.  Throughout your day, let the sun, a tree, a piece of fruit remind you that everything you could ever want has been provided and can be found right here on earth.  While changing the baby's diaper, give thanks for the miracle of creation you hold in your hands. . . . The moment you begin to consider God first in everything you do, the world around you softens and your life becomes easier.  You'll feel healthier, happier and at peace with yourself.       -Susan L. Taylor
    
There is nothing you need to do to make yourself more acceptable to God.  You don’t have to work harder, nor do you need to change the kind of work you do.  You don’t have to give more money to charitable organizations.  The reality is, God doesn’t want you to give anyone anything if you only do it to impress God!  God does not love you or find you acceptable because of anything that you do.  God loves you and accepts you because you are a part of God.       -Iyanla Vanzant
    
Once one has encountered God everything is changed.  One does not lead a charmed life—but it is amazing how charming the commonplace can become.  One still has heavy work to do but one works with assurance and poise.  One still has temptations to meet but they have been robbed of most of their power.  One runs into adversity but the inner certainty remains.       -Albert E. Day
   

   

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