Brother Lawrence

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A little lifting of the heart suffices; a little remembrance of God, one act of inward worship are prayers which, however short, are nevertheless acceptable to God.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Prayer
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That we ought, once for all, heartily to put our whole trust in GOD, and make a total surrender of ourselves to Him, secure that He would not deceive us.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Trust In God
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To worship God in truth is further to admit that we are entirely contrary to Him, and that He is willing to make us like Himself if we desire it. Who will be so imprudent as to turn himself away, even for a moment, from the reverence, love, service and continual adoration which we most justly owe Him?
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Desire
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It matters not to me what I do, or what I suffer, so long as I abide loveingly united to God's will - that is my whole business.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Long
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O my God, since thou art with me, and i must now, in obedience to thy commands, apply my mind to these outward things, i beseech thee to grant me the grace to continue in thy presence; and to this end do thou prosper me with thy assistance, receive all my works, and possess all my affections." (Bro. Lawrence implored His grace and offered to Him all his actions).
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Art
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We ought to seek God's assistance in our affairs just as they happen.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Affair
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The greater perfection a soul aspires after, the more dependent it is upon Divine Grace.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Perfection
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That we should feed and nourish our souls with high notions of GOD; which would yield us great joy in being devoted to Him.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Yield
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That we should establish ourselves in a sense of GOD’s Presence, by continually conversing with Him. That it was a shameful thing to quit His conversation, to think of trifles and fooleries.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Thinking
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Men invent means and methods of coming at God''s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God''s presence. Yet it might be so simple. Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of him?
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Mean
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Do not always scrupulously confine yourself to certain rules, or particular forms of devotion, but act with a general confidence in GOD, with love and humility.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Humility
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There is no sweeter manner of living in the world than continuous communion with God.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Life
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Emptiness is that which frees us from religiosity and leads us to true spirituality.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Teacher
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In the way of God, thoughts count very little. Love does it all.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Way
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In order to form a habit of conversing with GOD continually, and referring all we do to Him, we must at first apply to Him with some diligence: but that after a little care we should find His love inwardly excite us to it without any difficulty.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Order
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Let us fear to leave Him. Let us be always with Him. Let us live and die in His presence.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Dies
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It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: God Love
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Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please God. Perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Thinking
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If we are truly devoted to doing God's will, pain and pleasure won't make any difference to us.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Pain
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Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave him not alone.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Night
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I began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: World
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Our only business is to love and delight ourselves in God.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Delight
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One way to recollect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquillity, is not to let it wander too far at other times. You should keep it strictly in the presence of God; and being accustomed to think of Him often, you will find it easy to keep your mind calm in the time of prayer, or at least to recall it from its wanderings.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Prayer
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I did not pray for any relief, but I prayed for strength to suffer with courage, humility and love.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Humility
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You need not cry very loud; he is nearer to us than we think.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Prayer
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I have quitted all forms of devotion and set prayers but those to which my state obliges me. And I make it my business only to persevere in His holy presence, wherein I keep myself by a simple attention, and a general fond regard to GOD, which I may call an actual presence of GOD, or, to speak better, an habitual, silent, and secret conversation of the soul with GOD, which often causes me joys and raptures inwardly, and sometimes also outwardly, so great that I am forced to use means to moderate them, and prevent their appearance to others.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Prayer
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Believe me, count as lost each day you have not used in loving God.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Believe
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The world appears very little to a soul that contemplates the greatness of God.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Greatness
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If we knew how much He loves us, we should be always ready to receive equally and with indifference from His hand the sweet and the bitter; all would please that came from Him.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Sweet
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I desire only Him and to be wholly His.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Desire
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Good when He gives, supremely good; Nor less when He denies: Afflictions, from His sovereign hand, Are blessings in disguise.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Blessing
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What can God have that gives him greater satisfaction than that a thousand times a day all his creatures should thus pause to withdraw and worship him in the heart.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Christian
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God as we ought to worship Him. God is Spirit, so we must worship Him in spirit and truth, that is, by a humble and true adoration of spirit in the depth and center of our souls.
- Brother Lawrence
Collection: Humble