“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.” Corrie Ten Boom

“Cornelia Johanna Arnolda ten Boom, generally known as Corrie ten Boom, (April 15, 1892 – April 15, 1983) was a Dutch, Christian Holocaust survivor who helped many Jews escape the Nazis during World War II. Ten Boom co-wrote her autobiography, The Hiding Place, which was later made into a movie of the same name. In December, 1967, Ten Boom was honored as one of the Righteous Among the Nations by the State of Israel.”

If you haven’t read the book “The Hiding Place” or seen the movie it would be a great Christmas gift to yourself and others.

12 thoughts on “Quote

  1. Jesus said, Don’t worry about tomorrow but just live and concern yourself with today. Tomorrow will have sufficient enough sorrows of its own without borrowing from today.

  2. You are right MG and Matthew 6 where you quoted the above also says, all your worries cannot add one moment to your life.

  3. That’s true, Sara. It cannot add to your stature or to your reputation of integrity and it makes one look old before their time.
    That’s why the citizens who dwells in Heaven do not age. No worries!! 🙂 So, Don’t worry. Be happy….or rather, full of Joy for your names have been written in the Lamb’s book of life for all of you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.

  4. What an all too true statement by Corrie Ten Boom. My precious mother-in-law who is 88 worries so much about her finances that she is unable to sleep at nights.
    The next day her strength is gone and she can not move or think upon anything. Her tomorrow may hold continued financial gloom or an upturn but her worry does nothing to change that.

  5. Anxiety seems to walk hand in hand with worry and surround us sometimes but thanking God and praying can break their hold on us.
    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:6-7)”

  6. When I read about this 88 year old lady, I am reminded of something Norman Vincent Peale said in one of his books, “Learn from mistakes and make fewer…It has been said that history turns on small hinges. So do peoples’ lives. Over a period of time you make a series of decisions, each seemingly of little consequence. Yet, the total of those decisions finally determines the outcome of your life. A successful life depends upon developing a higher percentage of wisdom than error.” Dr. Peale also says, “Who doesn’t make mistakes! But the greatest error of all is to let any mistake destroy your faith…”

    I sure hope we learn from 88 years of living and worrying when we know it is not of God. It is the opposite of trust and obey. I pray for this lady that she will stay alive all her life and begin to live with hope, joy, peace and love.

  7. Rena, as I pondered the fear that your Mother-in-law is suffering at this time in her life. I thought, what do we do as Christians at times like this? Do I have any thoughts that may help her?

    The one or main action that came to me in how I have been able to overcome is my “Gratitude list”. I didn’t invent it but I sure have had great use for it. Start my day with a little effort or force to bend my mind to act on this…what are the top ten things I am most grateful for? Some days it’s the weather, the daylight, the trees, the dog, the food, a phone call from a friend, my computer…I start and then there is no stopping. Why? Because the many good gifts are there but fear, doubt, worry, stress and other things that give me lack of oxygen try to block them out of my mind. I would like to offer a jump start for your Mother-in-law by giving her flowers, her favorite candy and moments of hugs, helps and prayers and believe she will feel the extra oxygen of gratitude that will vitalized her state of mind and her soul.

    WHOA Rena, I even feel myself feeling better. Let us go and show and be a part of helping others to jump start their ‘gratitude list.”

  8. Thanks for the gratitude. My mother-in-law is loving her flowers from the Church, the dog, and barbecued ribs. Hopefully she will be vitalized in her soul with the showering of prayers and hugs. Thanks.

  9. I was thinking again on this quote. When I was a child I used to spend long periods of time with my grandmother who tried to teach me through her own example valuable life lessons she had learned. She had not had an easy life. I recall that on one summer things must have been especially difficult. Her husband had died;her bank account was practically depleted; she lived in a big house far from any town or relatives by herself on the backside of a mountain; and had to support herself through a business in her home. She was not young. She was in her 70’s and had had a heart attack several years earlier. There was a neighbor who had been in an accident so she picked up her walking cane and something she had made for her and we walked (she didn’t drive) at least a mile uphill and over the railroad tracks to pay a visit to someone in greater need. She didn’t let worry empty her life of strength. She allowed giving to supply her strength. She said she trusted the Lord to be with her and help her.

  10. Sara. it is interesting that you use the phrase “extra oxygen” in your comment. I have heard a Bevere teaching that says ‘depression” is DEFLATION of soul & mind…like the ‘Oxygen’, that life-giving force that has been let out of your heart, soul or mind. David said when he felt that way with anxiety or the feelings of depression..”.ENLARGE MY HEART, OH GOD.” Breathe into it, life!
    Not only does a fresh shot of “oxygen” replenish the body but the OXYGEN of the HOLY SPIRIT that breath of GOD will revitalize and restore the broken or saddened spirit of a man. How do you do that?
    Well, it sounds like just what Debi’s Grandmother did which parallels the quote in Sara’s book, (paraphrased) ‘go across the railroad tracks and do something lovely for someone else who has greater need than you”.
    That’s displaying and manifesting the fruit of the Holy Spirit…kindness, goodness, gentleness, love! And the greatest of these is LOVE.

  11. I have heard for years now that there are oxygen bars that one can go to and got a shot of O2 to go.” O2 bars can now be found in many venues such as nightclubs, salons, spas, healthclubs, resorts, tanning salons, restaurants, coffee houses, bars, airports, ski chalets, yoga studios, chiropractors, and casinos. They can be found at trade shows, conventions and corporate meetings, as well as at private parties and promotional events.”

    I refer us back to my comments above the causes that cut off oxygen, like stress, fear, etc. to a heart of gratitude that helps a get up and go attitude. I also believe deeply in breathing properly. “Breathing incorrectly can produce tension, exhaustion and vocal strain, interfere with athletic activity and encourage aches and illnesses,” says Nancy Zi, a Glendale, Calif.-based breathing expert and author of the book and video set, “The Art of Breathing.” Breathe correctly, however, and you can “melt away tension and stress, improve energy or simply relax and unwind.”

  12. Has anyone read the book “The Hiding Place” or seen the movie that could give us some inspiration from the life of Corrie Ten Boom? That is a book or movie review?

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