"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan
Thursday, October 3, 2013
I am dull
(Choice selections from the writings of William Tiptaft, 1803 - 1864)
I am a very dull scholar in Christ's school
What trials, afflictions, and sorrows are
required to separate us from the world!
How hard, carnal, and selfish does a man
become, who has nothing to soften him!
We need daily crosses and daily trials to
keep us in any way alive to eternal things,
and to maintain a spirit of prayer and
I trust I can say that my sickness has proved
profitable to me; but I am a very dull scholar
in Christ's school, and need line upon line and
precept upon precept.
I have to lament a heart full of wickedness,
vanity, and folly.
I feel a strong inclination to avoid every cross.
But I am sure, nevertheless, that crosses are
How we cleave to the world!
What pride, vanity, flesh-pleasing, and
worldly conformity are manifest in us!
"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but
now I obey Your word." Psalm 119:67