found this in an old prayer journal this morning (and didn't note where i found it originally)
"As long as we are full of ourselves, even in the small things, we are no use to God. But when we die to self, we become vessels fit for God's service."
and stole this one from Tony's facebook:
"God whispers to us in health and prosperity, but, being hard of hearing, we fail to hear God's voice in both. Whereupon God turns up the amplifier by means of suffering. Then his voice booms." - C.S. Lewis