Quotes by Corrie ten Boom

Corrie Ten Boom 1892 – 1983 – Monday musings 13th April 2020
 (And her book “The Hiding Place” is warmly recommended)

Don’t worry

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it keeps you moving but doesn’t get you anywhere.”

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”

“Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.”

“You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have.”


Forgiveness for ourselves and for others

“God takes our sins – the past, present, and future, and dumps them in the sea and puts up a sign that says NO FISHING ALLOWED.”

“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”

“Even as the angry vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him….Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me your forgiveness….And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world’s healing hinges, but on his. When he tells us to love our enemies, he gives along with the command, the love itself.”


Trust in the future

“This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.”

“Today I know that such memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work he will give us to do. ”

“And our wise Father in heaven knows when we’re going to need things too. Don’t run out ahead of him.”

“If God sends us on stony paths, he provides strong shoes.”

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”



“Don’t bother to give God instructions, just report for duty.”

“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”


“God never measures the mind… He always put His tape measure in the HEART.”

“Love is larger than the walls which shut it in.”

“Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.”

“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”

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