Saturday, April 9, 2011


Welcome to "Quaint Words!”

These posts will contain thoughts, poems, and prayers from old books that I have found at antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales (with an occasional treasure from a bookstore).

I love the rhythm and sound of the older English language, and am blessed by other believers who have gone before me!

"A never-failing maxim is here proposed, "Hope in God," trust in God, believe in God: for I am sure, and all of you that know Jesus Christ are persuaded of it, too, that all our troubles arise from our unbelief...

Put your trust in God: hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him.

The devil tells me my trouble is so great, I shall never lift up my head again; but unbelief and the devil are liars...

God will carry me through it all...

I tell you, O Satan, that God who I have been so vilely tempted as to believe has forsaken me, will come over the mountains...My unbelief shall not make his promises of none effect...

I shall praise him...'the health of my countenance, and my God...'

...thus faith will get the better in a saint."

(From "Daily Reading by George Whitefield" by George Whitefield, c. 1714-1770)

(A listing of books and authors, and also dates of individual postings from those books, will be found on my "QUAINT WORDS" page)

BLOG = "Blessedly Leaning On God!"


  1. An interesting choice this morning, in George Whitefield. As a Georgian, I tend to associate him with his work here in the early 1700s and the Bethesda Orphanage that he founded.

    I also know, though, that he was deeply complex and faced his own struggles with "audience" to his gospel over the course of his ministry. Even though he had an uncanny gift and drew Spurgeon-like crowds at some times, at other times he struggled to find a simple pulpit. It must have been so discouraging to him.

    My favorite part was this:

    " I tell you, O Satan, that GOD whom I have been so viley tempted as to believe has forsaken me will come over the mountains..."

  2. To read from all those who have gone before us, how it strengthens my faith. "that all our troubles arise for our unbelief" - how true. If we would just magnify the Lord then satan's attacks become so small and He becomes so mighty.

    Great quote and it only makes me want to read more and more from those who walked so strongly in their faith.

    Oh, I loved your comment on my post...too, too funny...I tend to talk back to you when I read your comments- what a hoot! Remember you husband and I keep all you "otters" balanced...LOL

  3. This is so very true: "I shall praise him...'the health of my countenance, and my God...'" Praise the VERY health of me. And I like your BLOG definition. Yes, leaning on Him for everything.

  4. Those gone by have dealt with the same anxieties, doubts, and troubles as we do. Reading this stirs my faith. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I come here daily to get my little lesson for the day and you didn't disappoint me - you gave me a shot in the arm.

  6. Lots of good quotes and I love to read them also. They are encouraging and stimulate both faith and joy.

    Gregg Metcalf
    Colossians 1:28-29

    Gospel-driven Disciples

  7. Actually quite interesting to read these pieces in old english style...such authority, such confidence...

  8. These are are great quotes,I enjoyed reading all of them.

  9. Debbie - I had no clue as to Whitefield's background. What interesting facts you have added - I'm going to have to look into his biography more. How sad that he struggled for an audience at times - and yet, here we are all these years later being totally blessed by him!

    Janette - I like how you pointed out that magnifying the Lord makes our troubles get smaller. Yes, often my unbelief is really just a sign of me making God too small, you know?!

    Tammy - Welcome!! Such a pleasure to have you visit - please feel free to come back again. Yes, the Lord is the Author of all good things - He gives us our very lives out of the abundance of His love!

    Wanda - I couldn't agree more. It is so encouraging to know that we are not alone. Fellow believers reach out to us from centuries past, and we are blessed by their testimony.

    Sandie - Oh good! I love when something here brings encouragement to you! I liked these quaint words today, too. They really gave me a boost of courage.

    Gregg - I also love how the witness of the faithful strengthens my faith, and inspires joy in my heart. That's what it's all about. Just as your Scripture verses say - to tell others about Christ, warning and teaching everyone, so we can be presented to God, perfect.

    Anita - I know. The old English style does lend a certain weight to the words, doesn't it? Sometimes the formal language lends itself to sinking in to my heart even more than modern language.

    Ginger - I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I am continually blessed by the words of believers that have preceded me in the walk of faith. I look forward to meeting them someday on the other side!

    Here was my favorite line from today: "...unbelief and the devil are liars." Yes, indeed...



"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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