You look like my first love

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“Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of the Divine substance, or a key to unlock one of the doors in the hours with many mansions. For it is not humanity in the abstract that is to be saved, but you- you, the individual reader, John Stubbs of Janet Smith. Blessed and fortunate creature, your eyes shall behold Him and not another’s. All that you are, sins apart, is destined, if you will let God have His good way, to utter satisfaction. The Brocken spectre “looked to every man like its first love” because she was a cheat. But God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it-made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.”- CS Lewis, The Problem of Pain.

Brought to you by the Iron Lady…

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I’m not really fond of politics in general, and by posting this I am not necessarily endorsing everything Margaret Thatcher said- but this quote – “There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation”– left me thinking how often I want the entitlement, especially in academics, without paying the price. I want to be good at something but often, I realize I’m not willing to sacrifice what I have in order to achieve that goal…There’s a lesson here, don’t you think ?

Oh; and, I must say that not only she left us nice quotes but she also had an incredible sense of style. I’m not even joking- I love the way she dressed.

In the library- Book of the moment and other readings

Sunday Afternoon, by Karen Mathison Schmidt
Sunday Afternoon, by Karen Mathison Schmidt

I recently received a famous, old book, written by the Puritan John Owen: Of the mortification of sin in believers- a very good and helpful one, and I thought I’d share a few quotes from the book.

“Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.”

“Sin does not only still abide in us, but is still acting, still laboring to bring forth the deeds of the flesh. When sin lets us alone we may let sin alone; but as sin is never less quiet than when it seems to be the most quiet, and its waters are for the most part deep when they are still, so ought our contrivances against it be vigorous at all times and in all conditions, even where there is least suspicion.” (emphasis mine)

“The choicest believers, who are assuredly freed from the condemning power of sin, ought yet to make it their business all their days to mortify the indwelling power of sin.”

“There is no way of deliverance from the state and condition of being in the flesh, but by the Spirit of Christ.”

“Sin aims always at the utmost; every time it rises up to tempt or entice, might it have its own course, it would go out to the utmost sin in that kind. Every unclean thought or glance would be adultery if it could; every covetous desire would be oppression, every thought of unbelief would be atheism, might it grow to its head. Men may come to that, that sin may not be heard speaking a scandalous word in their hearts – that is, provoking to any great sin with scandal in its mouth; but yet every rise of lust, might it have its course, would come to the height of villainy: it is like the grave that is never satisfied.”

“He that is appointed to kill an enemy, if he leave striking before the other ceases living, doth but half his work, Gal. vi. 9; Heb. xii. 1; 2 Cor. vii. 1.”

And another quote for today- I’m reading this sermon by C.H Spurgeon: “Knowledge.Worship.Gratitude“.

Those who boast of their knowledge betray their ignorance. Knowledge is not a possession to be proud of, since it brings with it so great a responsibility that a nurse might as well be proud of watching over a life in peril.

Yes, and we have among us men who talk neither of “fortune” nor of “Nature,” but of themselves. They are styled “self-made men,” and they are very prone to worship the great self who made them: they are never backward in that cult. Their adoration of themselves is constant, reverent, and sincere. “Self-made men,” indeed! Infinitely better is it to be a God-made man. If there be anything about us that is worth the having, it must be from him from whom every good gift and every perfect gift has evermore descended; let us therefore give Him thanks.

The fact that every mercy brings an obligation with it, and we that receive most ought to render most; for we receive nothing from God without being thereby naturally and of right laid under bonds to return to him the glory due unto his name. We are tenants, whose rent is to be paid in service and praise. It is a very blessed obligation! It is a happy bond to be bound to praise and bless God! Praise is no more a burden to a true heart than song to a bird, or perfume to a flower, or twinkling to a star.

For me, the next week is likely to be very busy…

..Until then..

Have a blessed weekend dear readers 🙂

Stéphanie

P:S- I’m scheduling one or two posts in advance though !

Autumn is here !

Via Pinterest
Via Pinterest

Autumn is finally here ! It’s definitely my favorite season: I could not wait anymore for crispy leaves (well, now they are not that crispy, just yellowish and sticking to the sole of my shoes- it has been raining a lot in the last days.But it undeniably felt autumny in my appartement yesterday as the scent of cinnamon baked apples spread in the room !

Not to mention a new recipe of hot cocoa I tried, one from the French Chef Pierre Hermé (the “Prince” of macarons)- which is incredibly light and does not leave one with that heaviness on the stomach I often get when I prepare a milk-based hot chocolate; it’s a water-based cocoa with cocoa powder, a small piece of dark chocolate and thought I omitted the pinch of Kosher salt Hermé used in his recipe- I opted instead for cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg, brown sugar and voilà ! It turned out perfectly perfect.

Now I can’t wait for soups.

Have a nice evening, y’all 🙂

Those who by faith apply to Christ for mercy and grace, may be sure that he is freely willing to give them the mercy and grace they thus seek– Matthew Henry

In the library: Matthew Henry’s commentary of the Gospel of Matthew/Chapter 4

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4:1-11 “Concerning Christ’s temptation, observe, that directly after he was declared to be the Son of God, and the Saviour of the world, he was tempted; great privileges, and special tokens of Divine favour, will not secure any from being tempted. (…)

Satan tempted Christ to presume upon his Father’s power and protection, in a point of safety. Nor are any extremes more dangerous than despair and presumption, especially in the affairs of our souls. Satan has no objection to holy places as the scene of his assaults. Let us not, in any place, be off our watch. The holy city is the place, where he does, with the greatest advantage, tempt men to pride and presumption. All high places are slippery places; advancements in the world makes a man a mark for Satan to shoot his fiery darts at.

It is good to be quick and firm in resisting temptation. If we resist the devil he will flee from us. But the soul that deliberates is almost overcome. We find but few who can decidedly reject such baits as Satan offers; yet what is a man profited if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Christ was succoured after the temptation, for his encouragement to go on in his undertaking, and for our encouragement to trust in him; for as he knew, by experience, what it was to suffer, being tempted, so he knew what it was to be succoured, being tempted; therefore we may expect, not only that he will feel for his tempted people, but that he will come to them with seasonable relief.”

“4:12-17. Those who are without Christ, are in the dark.

“4:18-22 When Christ began to preach, he began to gather disciples, who should be hearers, and afterwards preachers of his doctrine, who should be witnesses of his miracles, and afterwards testify concerning them. He went not to Herod’s court, not to Jerusalem, among the chief priests and the elders, but to the sea of Galilee, among the fishermen. The same power which called Peter and Andrew, could have wrought upon Annas and Caiaphas, for with God nothing is impossible. But Christ chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Diligence in an honest calling is pleasing to Christ, and it is no hinderance to a holy life. Idle people are more open to the temptations of Satan than to the calls of God.”

“Three diseases are named; the palsy, which is the greatest weakness of the body; lunacy, which is the greatest malady of the mind; and possession of the devil, which is the greatest misery and calamity of both; yet Christ healed all, and by thus curing bodily diseases, showed that his great errand into the world was to cure spiritual maladies. Sin is the sickness, disease, and torment of the soul: Christ came to take away sin, and so to heal the soul.”

In the library: Matthew Henry’s commentary of the Gospel of Matthew/Chapter 3

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“3:1-6 After Malachi there was no prophet until John the Baptist came. He appeared first in the wilderness of Judea. This was not an uninhabited desert, but a part of the country not thickly peopled, nor much enclosed. No place is so remote as to shut us out from the visits of Divine grace.” (emphasis mine)

” 3:7-12 It becomes penitents to be humble and low in their own eyes, to be thankful for the least mercy, patient under the greatest affliction, to be watchful against all appearances of sin, to abound in every duty, and to be charitable in judging others. Here is a word of caution, not to trust in outward privileges. There is a great deal which carnal hearts are apt to say within themselves, to put aside the convincing, commanding power of the word of God. Multitudes, by resting in the honours and mere advantages of their being members of an outward church, come short of heaven.(…)

No ordinances, by whomsoever administered, or after whatever mode, can supply the want of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and of fire. The purifying and cleansing power of the Holy Spirit alone can produce that purity of heart, and those holy affections, which accompany salvation. It is Christ who baptizes with the Holy Ghost.”

“3:13-17  In and through Christ, the heavens are opened to the children of men. (…)

At Christ’s baptism there was a manifestation of the three Persons in the sacred Trinity. The Father confirming the Son to be Mediator; the Son solemnly entering upon the work; the Holy Spirit descending on him, to be through his mediation communicated to his people.”

In the library: Matthew Henry’s commentary of the Gospel of Matthew/Chapter 2

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” Is a soul busy, seeking after Christ? Would it worship him, and does it say, Alas! I am a foolish and poor creature, and have nothing to offer? Nothing! Hast thou not a heart, though unworthy of him, dark, hard, and foul? Give it to him as it is, and be willing that he use and dispose of it as it pleases him; he will take it, and will make it better, and thou shalt never repent having given it to him. He shall frame it to his own likeness, and will give thee himself, and be thine for ever.” ~Commentary of chapter 2:9-12

“Egypt had been a house of bondage to Israel, and particularly cruel to the infants of Israel; yet it is to be a place of refuge to the holy Child Jesus. God, when he pleases, can make the worst of places serve the best of purposes. This was a trial of the faith of Joseph and Mary. But their faith, being tried, was found firm. If we and our infants are at any time in trouble, let us remember the straits in which Christ was when an infant.” Commentary of chapter 2:13-15

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