Today I'm thankful for good books! This picture made me laugh when I found it on a friend's blog - I love book tables and I had no idea the picture was being taken:-). Lately I've been reading in Pilgrim' Progress with with notes by Thomas Scott (this one I've been picking up and reading bits and pieces of here and there, I'm mainly interested in the notes which I'd never read before). I've also been going through Mute Christian Under the Rod by Thomas Brooks, which is good. If you click on the link you can read it online. Then I was given a set of Calvin's Institutes by friends:-), and of course I'm continuing to work on Matthew Henry - as I type this post I've worked my way up through Psalm 116. Below I copied several quotes that I especially liked and recently shared on the Matthew Henry facebook page.
"God's people are never brought so low but that everlasting arms are under them, and those cannot sink who are thus sustained."
"The Lord has been mindful of us, and never unmindful, has been so constantly, has been so remarkably upon special occasions. He has been mindful of our case, our wants and burdens, mindful of our prayers to him, his promises to us, and the covenant-relation between him and us. All our comforts are derived from God's thoughts to us-ward; he has been mindful of us, though we have forgotten him. Let this engage us to trust in him, that we have found him faithful."
"Those that have been long barren are sometimes, on a sudden, made fruitful,This may look back to Sarah and Rebecca, Rachel, Hannah, and Samson's mother, or forward to Elizabeth; and many such instances there have been, in which God has looked on the affliction of his handmaids and taken away their reproach. He makes the barren woman to keep house."
"God's mercy is better than life, for it will out-live it."