Chapter Two - Defining Moments

see it. I look to You now for the love and affirmation I always wanted so badly from

___________. Love ___________ through me in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

“…one must imitate God’s own way of dealing with the soul, softening His rebuke, so that the person rebuffed feels as if it was rather self-reproach, and a sense of wounded love, than God rebuking. All other methods of guidance, reproving impatiently, or because one is vexed at infirmities, smack of earthly judgments, not the correction of grace. The greater our own self-love, the more severe critics we shall be. The less self love we have, the more we know how to adapt ourselves to curing our neighbor’s failings of that kind; we learn better never to lance without putting plenty of healing ointment to the wound, never to purge the patient without feeding him up, never to risk an operation save when nature indicates its safety. One learns to wait years before giving a salutary warning to wait till Providence prepares suitable external circumstances and grace opens the heart. If you persist in gathering fruit before it is ripe, you simply waste your labor.”

François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon

… Then Elijah passed by [Elisha] and threw his mantle on him. And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.”

And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their

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