"Whether it's practicing prayer or overcoming sin, don't put too much stock in yourself. God works harder than you might think. You might try to wrestle your way out of brambles of cynicism or sloth or pride so thick you think you're tangled beyond recognition. You throw your hands up. You take a spiritual catnap. But while you slept, God didn't. God is always working. Even when you feel defeated, or when God seems silent, by faith stay awake to the activity of God within you. God was making coffee and what you thought was silence was the silence of him waiting for the coffee to percolate. For days or months or even years he was laboring in loving silence."
-Mud & Poetry: love, sex, and the sacred