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These bigger bites of wisdom are meatier than the quotes you'll find on most sites. Each features a truth that will make you reflect on whether your life is conforming to it--or not.

For the most part, these Inspiration Nuggets come from Christian writers, some of our favorites at These men and women have lifetimes of experience in walking with God.

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If you get out of your boat--whatever your boat happens to be--you will have problems. There is a storm out there, and your faith will not be perfect. Risk always holds the possibility of failure. But if you get out, I believe two things will happen. The first is that when you fail--and you will fail sometimes--Jesus will be there to pick you up. You will not fail alone. You will find that he is still wholly adequate to save. And the other thing is, every once in a while you will walk on the water.
John Ortberg, If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat

To be totally saved means that God has completely, eternally, and irrevocably forgiven us as believers of all our sins--past, present, and future--and has adopted us into His family. We are assured a place in heaven as well as God's ongoing presence during our lives on earth...When you know you've been delivered and no one can bring a charge against you, it ought to make you want to shout.
Tony Evans, Totally Saved

Very few people have ever heard of George Washington Stanley, but my grandfather left me a few simple truths that live on in my life today. One of those truths is this: obey God and leave all the consequences to Him. I remember vividly the day I sat on his front porch and asked him how to succeed in life. He described obedience this way: "if God tells you to put your head through a wall, you get up and start running. And when you get to the wall, He'll provide a hole in it."
Charles Stanley, Living the Extraordinary Life

The meek learn that the Mighty One is mindful of their cry, and stoops to cheer the fainting heart and to steer the faltering footsteps. He who resistes the proud gives grace and guidance to the poor in spirit. The bewildered and broken spirit is bound by chords of love to the Compassionate One. The hushed heart hears the still small voice of the Holy Spirit.
V. Raymond Edman, He Leadeth Me

When we pray, we put God into the work. God does not involve himself in our activity as a matter of course or on general principle; he comes by prayer. God will be found of us in the day that we seek him with our whole heart (Jeremiah 19:13)
E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer

When the soul becomes poor through the loss of its wealth, which is virtue, its owner seeks luxury and riches to atone for his inner nakedness. The richer the soul, the less store it sets on the material...Poor monks are usually friendlier and far happier than millionaires.
Fulton J. Sheen, Peace of Soul

Whether you realize it or not, truth is the most important issue in your life. It is more important than what you do for a living, who you are married to, or what you earn. I am convinced that truth is the bottom line of life. You cannot have "real life" without truth.
Chris Thurman, The 12 Best Kept Secrets for Living an Emotionally Health Life

I would like to suggest that there is truth in the adage: God can't steer a parked car. In many cases, God waits until he sees us taking responsibility before he brings the right opportunity along, even though that opportunity might not be directly related to our personal efforts.
M. Blaine Smith, Knowing God's Will

God is present in all these hurts. He is more present in darkness than in light. He is nearer in time of desolation than in time of consolation. So the concrete advice is: Stay with the darkness. Go through it. Don't run away! And through all this you will grow from childhood to maturity; for your faculties will expand, making you more and more capable of receiving those sublime communications which come from the darkness of God.
William Johnston, The Wounded Stag

Accept the fact that your past significantly influences you in some ways. But accept, also, the fact that your present constitutes your past of tomorrow. You cannot today make a single right-about-turn into an entirely different person. But you can start changing yourself significantly today so that eventually you will act quite differently.
Albert Ellis & Robert A. Harper, A New Guide to Rational Living

The Bible will catch fire at your hands when in your use of it three things happen--when you appreciate it, appropriate it, and apply it.
John H. Crowe, You Can Master Life

The size of the house you live in, the money you have tried to accumulate, or the fortune you have made are all left behind because these things have no value when you come to the end of the road. You came into this world with nothing and you leave it with nothing except your character and the lessons you have learned in life.
Albert E. Cliffe, Let Go and Let God

And as to God, we must remember that the soul is but a hollow which God fills. Its union with God is, almost by definition, a continual self-abandonment--an opening, an unveiling, a surrender, of itself.
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Jesus did not come to make bad men good, but to make dead men live. The church should demand that men be alive in Christ, opposed to being simply good. What is a Christian? He is an ordinary person with an extraordinary love. A love that consistently "lays ourselves down" for the sake of seeing God exalted. It is love that motivates us, that clings to nothing that God gives save Himself. So many today have a "handle" on the ministry when the ministry should have a handle on them.
Dan DeHaan, The God You Can Know

Your faith is not found in the hearty singing of hymns from a pew on Sunday morning or in the fervent recitation of the Apostles' Creed. Real faith appears in your ability to face the crucibles of life--with calm acceptance: that is the experience of real belief. And we base that kind of faith on a real relationship with God.
Arthur H. DeKruyter, Journey into Joy

People who are taught to get over their emotional problems by just reading their Bibles and praying are being taught to become hearers of the Word. There will be no genuine healing, however, until they become doers of the Word. Bible study alone has been lifted to a status the Bible never intended. God says the Bible is important because it points us to Jesus and tells us how to live out our relationship with God and others--in fact, it serves as a guide for living our whole life.
Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend, 12 "Christian" Beliefs That Can Drive You Crazy

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