Short pithy gems from Amy Carmichael

(1867 1951)

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When I consider the cross of Christ how can anything that I do be called sacrifice?

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Let nothing be said about anyone unless it passes through these three sieves:
  Is it true?
  Is it kind?
  Is it necessary?

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We profess to be strangers and pilgrims, seeking after a country of our own yet we settle down in this world, in the most un-stranger-like fashion exactly as if we were quite at home and meant to stay as long as we could. Apostolic living has certainly died!

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If a sudden irritation can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word then I know nothing of Calvary love. For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one drop of bitter water however suddenly jolted.

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We must look upon the world, with all its delights and all its attractions with suspicion and reserve. We who love our Lord and whose affections are set on Heavenly things voluntarily and gladly lay aside the things that charm and ravish the world, that our hearts may be ravished with the things of Heaven; that our whole being may be poured forth in constant and unreserved devotion in the service of the Lord who died to save us!

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Let us not be surprised when we have to face difficulties. When the wind blows hard on a tree, the roots stretch and grow the stronger. Let it be so with us.

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If the praise of others elates me and their criticism depresses me;
if I cannot rest under misunderstanding, without defending myself;
if I love to be loved more than to love, to be served more than to serve
then I know nothing of Calvary love.

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We have all eternity to celebrate the victories but only a few hours before sunset to win them.

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It is great to be faced with the impossible for nothing is impossible if one is meant to do it. Wisdom will be given, and strength. When the Lord leads He always strengthens.

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I think of the love of God as a great river, pouring through us even as the waters pour through a ravine at flood time. Nothing can keep this love from pouring through us, except of course our own blocking of the river. Do you sometimes feel that you have got to the end of your love for someone who refuses and repulses you? Such a thought is folly, for one cannot come to the end of what one has not got. We have no store of love at all. We are not jugs, we are riverbeds.

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Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace. If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God then nothing can keep you from His peace.

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It is a safe thing to trust Him to fulfill the desires which He creates.

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There have been times of late when I have had to hold on to one text with all my might: "It is required in stewards that a man may be found faithful." Praise God, it does not say successful.

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Thank God, He doesn't measure out grace in teaspoons.

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Prayer is the core of the day. Take prayer out, and the day would collapse.

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The saddest thing one meets, is a nominal Christian.