There is another way: to love what God commands and desire what He promises.
How can God work His will in me if I am clogged with wishes of my own?
He allows my heart to be broken so that love and compassion can flow freely into the lives of those around me.
Passion is not sinful and purity is not prudish, nor are they mutually exclusive. You can have both.
What kind of a God is it who asks everything of us?
Passion’s precious gift
Bringing anything at all into order—a messy room, a wild horse, a recalcitrant child—involves some expenditure. Time and energy at least are required. Perhaps even labor, toil, sacrifice, and pain.
I was perplexed because it seemed to me He should prevent it, but He doesn’t.
"I give Thee back the life I owe" ---owe? Why owe? It's my life, isn't it?
Some people come into our lives and we hardly know they are there. They drop in and right back out again like callers to a crowded open house. But then there are those who come inside and take up residence, and almost imperceptibly they change who we will become… and we them.