Carolyn Custis James Quotes.

1. "I have to ask myself how I can possibly expect to know Jesus as he would want to be known if my life remains unscathed by trouble and grief. How can I hope to grasp anything of God's heart for this broken planet if I never weep because its brokenness touches me and breaks my heart? How can I reflect his image if I never share in his sufferings? And how will any of us ever learn to treasure his hesed and grace if we never experience phases where these blessings seem absent?"
- Quote by Carolyn Custis James

2. "Far from polarizing male and female--as patriarchal definitions do-- or highlighting gender distinctions between them (none of which are mentioned here), God's method in creating the woman unites them in a bone level solidarity. When the man sees the woman, he doesn't distinguish himself from her. He sees a reflection of himself. She is literally bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh perfectly re-engineered into a woman. The oneness between God's male and female image bearers is unmistakable and utterly profound."
- Quote by Carolyn Custis James

3. "Male and female callings are not separate issues. They are interwoven, interdependent, and inseparable in the Bible. God didn't create a world where one gender can flourish at the expense of the other. In God's world, the true flourishing of one depends on and promotes the full flourishing of the other. In fact, God's kingdom purposes for the world hinge on how well we both flourish and pull together to serve him."
- Quote by Carolyn Custis James

4. "Now, instead of asking if God is good for women, I'm asking a new question. I stole it from Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel, "The Secret Garden." When the orphaned heroine, Mary Lennox, stumbled over a piece of untended, overgrown land needing to be ruled and subdued, she asked her uncle, "Might I have a bit of earth?" [...] May God bless every woman's life with men like Boaz. But even if there is no Boaz, God is a mighty advocate. God is good for women, and women who know this are strong for his kingdom. God wants to hear his daughters ask, "Might I have a bit of earth?" This is the Gospel of Ruth."
- Quote by Carolyn Custis James

5. "Faith may want answers, but somehow it is able to survive without them."
- Carolyn Custis James, The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules

6. "My mother used to tell me, Things always look worse at night. For the most part, I believe her. But some of the troubles that keep me from sleeping look just as bad in the morning."
- Carolyn Custis James, The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules

7. "It doesn’t cause me to doubt God’s existence, but it does force me to admit there’s a lot about God I don’t understand."
- Carolyn Custis James, The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules

8. "Everything was going according to plan. What caught me off guard, however, was the fact that this eagerly awaited phase brought a sense of loss to me that triggered a whole new wave of soul searching I had not anticipated."
- Carolyn Custis James, The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules

9. "When the average American says, I’m starving, it is a prelude to a midnight raid on a well-stocked refrigerator or a sudden trip to the nearest fast food restaurant."
- Carolyn Custis James, The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules

10. "Officially, the New Testament church at an early stage took seriously their responsibility for widows who lacked family or other resources. The office of deacon was instituted initially to address this pressing need."
- Carolyn Custis James, The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules

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