I haven't arrived, but I know where I am headed. [pg. 193]
This book has changed my life in so many ways. More than anything, it has made me realize how neglected my relationship with Christ has been.
That is the greatest gift from Joanna's writing - clear eyes for Jesus.
What God started on the day I surrendered my life to him, he will complete as I continually remain surrendered. It takes a process for me to become the kind of Christian I want to be - but Jesus Christ is lord of the Process, and the process is divine. [pg. 196]
A teachable heart, that is my most prized possession.
With a heart surrendered to His molding:
my weakness is His strength, my smallness is His bigness, in my hard places His grace abounds.
So, I pray that where perseverance is needed, His grace will draw my eyes to Him.
I pray that I will have a heart inclined toward Heaven, a heart that longs for His presence.
I love, love, love this quote Joanna includes from Mother Teresa....
Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in his love than in your own weakness. [pg. 205]
So often I magnify the power of my weakness rather than the power of His love to do a great work through me.
So, I leave you with this final thought - a prayer from Joanna Weaver included in her daily devotional, At the feet of Jesus....
Lord Jesus, I give You my life.
I invite You to have your way in me.
Take me and break me. Shake me and make me.
Fill me and spill me. Change me and rearrange me.
But whatever You do, Lord, don't leave me the same.
Spirit of wisdom and revelation, I welcome Your work.
Open my eyes so I can see....my ears so I can hear....
I choose truth over comfort, challenge over complacency.
Lord, make me forever Yours.
And most of all, make me like You.
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* All quotes mentioned above are noted by page number and are taken from 'Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World' by Joanna Weaver.
** Find out more about Joanna's ministry and how to purchase her books here.