Lenten Quotes to Ponder – Nouwen, Merton, Luther and more

During Lent I have been trying to pause more, listening deeper for and to God. One of the verses I have memorized this month is: “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.” Ephesians 3:17 (NLT) My prayer is Christ will make his home in my heart.
In my silent time I have lingered over several quotes. I thought I would share a few of them with you today that may help deepen your Lenten walk with Christ.
Lord Jesus, You are my righteousness, I am your sin.

You took on you what was mine; yet set on me what was yours.

You became what you were not, that I might become what I was not.

Sometimes I think of life as a big wagon wheel with many spokes. In the middle is the hub. Often in ministry, it looks like we are running around the rim trying to reach everybody. But God says, “Start in the hub; live in the hub. Then you will be connected with all the spokes, and you won’t have to run so fast.”

Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. 
The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. Frankly, this side of eternity we will never unravel the good from the bad, the pure from the impure. God is big enough to receive us with all our mixture.

Richard Foster

“God loved us before he made us; and his love has never diminished and never shall.”
“We do not think ourselves into a new way of living as much as we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”
Yet even now, says the Lord, repent and return to me with all your heart”
Joel 2:13.
Have you found an inspirational quote lately to ponder?

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06407030126646055880 Jean Wise

    so glad these quotes made an impact on each of you too. I find myself thinking about their words throughout the day. I have another one but decided to use that one in a blog post by itself. It still in brewing in my heart. Pamela, love ht Tozer one you shared too.

    so glad to connect with all of you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14577919062812348914 Pamela

    Love the Merton quote. It makes me stop and ponder some of the events over the past year and what they have planted in my soul.

    A new Tozer quote I’ve found is “Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.”

    Did I mention I collect quotes?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13381497588682411499 Phather Phil Malmstrom

    These were wonderful quotes Jean! I especially liked the Martin Luther and Thomas Merton choices. :-)

    Have a Blessed Day!

  • http://janicejohnson.wordpress.com/ janicejohnson

    I was going to pick one of your quotes as my favorite … but I like them ALL!
    One of my personal favorites is Psalm 103:13-14 (this is NIV)…
    13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
    14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11055830822084589784 Desiray

    I love your prayer that Christ will make His home in your heart. God bless you