But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. Psalm‬ ‭69:13‬

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays. Soren Kierkegaard

We don't pray to overcome an unwillingness on God's part to do what is best. Gordon Fort

The ultimate purpose of prayer is not get something; but to be with Someone. David Burton

We wait for Yahweh; He is our help and shield. Psalms 33:20


A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. Jesus, John 13:34-35

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Galatians‬ ‭5:14‬ 

Otherish is the opposite of selfish. Otherish love is God-powered, other-focused, and self-sacrificing. Aaron Householder

Loving your neighbor is rarely convenient. Steve Bezner


And he said to them all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." Luke 9:23

Discipleship is not periodic volunteer work on one's own terms and at one's own convenience. R.J. Karris

Spiritual formation in Christ moves us toward a total interchange of our ideas and images for his. Dallas Willard

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The only cost of discipleship is everything. Aaron Householder


But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5

Grace defies reason and logic. Love interrupts the consequences of your actions, which in my case is very good news indeed. Bono

How is grace amazing at all if it depends upon our behavior? Sheri Dacon

God's grace is not a license to live like an idiot. Aaron Loy


In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:10

We lay down our fear. We pick up Jesus. He is the only way we can live beyond fear. John Eldredge

Cynicism is fear posing as confidence; joy is hope let off the leash. Bob Goff


Darkness fell, his friends scattered, hope seemed lost—but heaven just started counting to three. Bob Goff

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destiny. C.S. Lewis

Where is my hope? Who can see any hope for me? Job 17:15

Waiting is the hardest work of hope. Lewis Smedes


All Scripture is God‑breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Man's words are mere breath, but the word of the Lord is spirit and life. Charles Spurgeon

To know the will of God, we need to open a Bible and open a map. William Carey

When you open your Bible, God opens His mouth. Mark Batterson

Biblically sound doctrine is crucial. The church must bless and not imitate the culture even if that means standing against it. Biblically faithful hermeneutics are essential. The church must resist the need to twist solid methods whenever culture shouts. Aaron Householder


Surrender opens our lives in ways we can't imagine. Jenni Yohn Watson

A crucified Savior is not well served by self-pleasing, self-indulging people.  R. Kent Hughes

He is no fool to give up what he can not keep to gain what he can not earn.  Jim Elliot

No one is saved by simply knowing what's wrong. We are saved by knowing who is right. Aaron Loy


Whoever has my commands & obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He loves me will be loved by my Father, & I too will love him & show myself to him.  Jesus, John 14:21

The essence of obedience is not necessarily doing right but being right. That is, you must become who God wants you to be, which will result in right action.  Mel Blackaby & Bo Stevens

Spiritual transformation into Christ-likeness in not going to happen unless we act... What transforms us is the will to obey Jesus Christ.  Dallas Willard


Humiliation is not the same as humility. The former frequently results from the lack of the latter. Robert H. Stein

One must as willingly be nothing, as something.  Amy Carmichael

Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. C.S. Lewis

Humility is being honest about your weaknesses.  Rick Warren

Humility has benefits. Pride not so much.  Aaron Householder


Faith receives, day by day, what a loving Heavenly Father apportions... Elisabeth Elliot

If we knew how long, how much, how hard, it wouldn't be faith. Aaron Householder

Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will. Ben Stein

I am no more effective than I am dependent on God. Aaron Householder


I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me & gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

When we truly trust God we no longer try and control people. Christine Caine

Greatness is not a matter of circumstance but of conscious choice and discipline. Jim Collins

When you get to the end will God say, "Well done," or, "What was up with that?"  Bill Hybels

We want to organize our days, God wants to shape our hearts. Bob Goff

Dying is nothing. What's terrible is not to live. Victor Hugo


Kunks pray dare tinky pell.  John Mark Householder, 3yo

Dear God, Keep the hollercopters from blowing up.  Let all the bad guys blow up.  Thank you for a good day. That's all.  JMH, 3yo, bedtime prayer

Can I have some chocolate protein?  JMH, 3yo

During Easter Pageant Practice as the crowd is yelling "Give us Barabbas!": "Yeah, they want the rabbit cuz it's Easter time."  JMH, 4yo

Mamaw, I have a hungry taste in my mouth that needs a biscuit.  JMH, 4yo 

Lima Beans will break my heart. JMH, 4yo


If we confess our sins, he is faithful & just & will forgive our sins & purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

Your sin doesn't define you. That's the broken thing on the other side of The Cross. John Shields

If sins are the problem, then moralism is the answer. If sin is the problem, then only Christ is the answer. Al Mohler

No one falls into sin accidentally... It is a pathway paved with little compromises.  Garry D. Nation

The national anthem of Hell is, "I Did It My Way." Fred Luter

Self-justification is the stuff of the sin-controlled life. Aaron Householder

Confession leads to blessing.  Aaron Householder


Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

Jesus reveals a God who does not demand but who gives... who does not condemn but forgives. Brennan Manning

Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive. C.S. Lewis

Bitterness and forgiveness can't be held in the same hand.  Aaron Householder

Forgiveness gives freedom.  Aaron Householder


Flee the evil desires of youth, & pursue righteousness, faith, love & peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  2 Timothy 2:22

In the midst of temptation, Satan does not fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Run away from temptation. Seemingly unheroic. Highly effective.  Aaron Householder