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Viewing Relationships God's Way
There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
--F. de La Rochefoucauld

Nothing is so small or trivial as to escape the attention of God's sovereign control; nothing is so great as to be beyond His power to control it."
--By Jerry Bridges; from LeAnne G.
Some pray to marry the man they love,
My prayer will somewhat vary:
I humbly pray to heaven above
That I love the man I marry. --Rose Pastor Stokes

And it was no shame to her that she so dreamed. It was no shame that she called before her, one by one, those who had asked her to cross with them the threshold (of marriage) and those who might still ask her. It was no shame that, while her heart said always, "no," she still waited - waited for one whom she knew not, but only knew that she would know him when he came. And it was no shame to her that, even while this was so, she saw herself in the years to come a wife and mother.
--From Their Yesterdays, by Harold Bell Wright; Submitted by Jennifer S.

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. --J.W. von Goethe

Love spends his all, and still hath store. --P.J. Bailey

Mysterious love, uncertain treasure;
Hast thou more of pain or pleasure?
Endless torments dwell about thee;
Yet who would live, and live without thee? --Addison

There is no art or trickery in a true woman. She will not flatter, she will not stoop to humor pet vices, but, fighting and conquering them, she will give her whole loving heart to him she has thus blessed.
--From Aunt Jane's Hero, by E. Prentiss; submitted by Jennifer S.

He who knows his own weakness will feel the need of being strengthened from on high. --By William Sprague; submitted by Danielle G.

My advice is: Marry a man who is a fortune in himself. Houses, lands, and large inheritance are well enough, but the wheel of fortune turns so rapidly that through some investment all these in a few years may be gone. There are some things, however, which are a perpetual fortune? good manners, geniality of soul, kindness, intelligence, sympathy, courage, perseverance, industry, and whole-heartedness. Marry such a one, and you have married a fortune, whether he has an income now of $50,000 a year or an income of $1,000.
     A bank is secure according to its capital stock, and not to be judged by the deposits for a day or a week. A man is rich according to his sterling qualities, and not according to the mutability of circumstances, which may leave with him a large amount of resources today and withdraw them tomorrow. If a man is worth nothing but money, he is poor indeed. If a man has upright character, he is rich. Property may cone and go; he is independent of the markets. Nothing can buy him out; nothing can sell him out. He may have more money one year than another, but his better fortunes never vacillate.
-- Talmage

As love is never perfect, a cockney prefixing an "h" to his "eight" seems to say truly, "Even in 'I love you,' there are hate letters." --J.A. Holmes
Much could be written,
This I am sure;
Three words seem sufficient:
"Keep thyself pure." --Author unknown; submitted by Sarah G.

Love is not a sensual attraction that seeks to gratify our own passion, often at the expense of another person...Love is self-sacrificing. True love seeks the good of others. Love is warm, sympathetic, kind. If we really love, we will care for the present and future well-being of those near to us. --Author unknown; from Mrs. Monica P.

You are as prone to love as the sun is to shine; it being the most delightful and natural employment of the Soul of Man: without which you are dark and miserable. For certainly he that delights not in love makes vain the universe, and is of necessity to himself the greatest burden. --Thomas Traherne

My good blade carves the casques of men,
My tough lance thrusteth sure,
My strength is as the strength of ten,
Because my heart is pure. --Tennyson
~Compiled for Hidden Wisdom Magazine, Vol. 58

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