Becoming a Better Writing Teacher

One of the most powerful ways to become a better writing teacher is to write. And one of the most essential things to write is what we expect our students to write. - Ruth Ayres


Anything that you want to do well can be difficult at times. Revising is hard. Thinking of new things to write about is hard. And the difficulty makes it that much more rewarding. - Jacqueline Woodson

Music expresses...

Music expresses that which cannot remain silent and that which cannot be put into words. - Victor Hugo


God is always good and we are always loved. - Ann Voskamp


In particular, you need to readandreadandreadandread to learn as many different ways of using language as possible. - Mem Fox

There isn't anyone...

There isn't anyone you couldn't love once you've heard their story. - Mary Lou Kownacki

When we write...

When we write, we discover what we didn't even know we knew. - Donald Murray

When others pray...

When others pray for you and your family – taking on your emotional and spiritual burdens – heaven is moved, earth is touched, and change happens. – Fern Nichols

Reading & Writing

Reading lets me go places; writing lets me take others with me. - Kylene Beers


Eucharisteo --- Thanksgiving --- always precedes the miracle. - Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

On the Bright Side

A. A. Milne

“It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily.
     "So it is."
"And freezing."
     "Is it?"
"Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately.”

Worry is...

Worry is the worship of our circumstances! Move your eyes from the mountain to the Mountain Mover. - Jill Savage

Glorifying Him

Life isn't about finding ourselves, it's about glorifying God. - Jennifer A. Marshall

Father, help me to...

Father, help me to never be afraid to pray for the impossible. - Author Unknown

What you see and hear...

What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what kind of a person you are. - C. S. Lewis

We compare...

We compare the inside of our families to the outside of others and come up with the wrong conclusions. - Jill Savage


It's not that optimism solves all of life's problems; it is just that it can sometimes make the difference between coping and collapsing. - Lucy MacDonald

Planning without God

Have you been propping up that foolish soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God to handle? Set all your opinions and speculations aside and "abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1). Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about whatever concerns you. All our fretting and worrying is caused by planning without God. - Oswald Chambers

Stories are...

Stories are such a normal every day occasion that we often overlook their significance. - Kathy Short

The best remedy...

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be. - Anne Frank

Tough Places

It's in the tough places, we can learn that our God is faithful to us; He will never leave us or forsake us. - Lynn Cowell

Look for the Helpers

When I was boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You always find people who are helping." – Mister Rogers

What Happened

What happened is not nearly as important as how you respond to what happened. - Dr. Justin Tarte

The one concern...

The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. - Samuel Chadwick

A Profession

I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty, but as a profession that was fully interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world, and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it. - Rose Kennedy

Even when...

Even when you've passed out of this world into eternity, your loved ones will step under the showers of your prayers' blessings. The impact will continue for years, even for generations...Your prayers will outlive your life. - Cheri Fuller


Write what should not be forgotten. - Isabel Allende

A Limitless God

Your potential is not limited by you because you have a limitless God living in you. - Holley Gerth, quoting her pastor

Two Friends

Max Lucado, On the Anvil

Once, two friends were fighting together in a war. The combat was ferocious, and many lives were being taken. When one of the two young soldiers was injured and could not get back to the trenches, the other went out to get him against his officer's orders. He returned mortally wounded, and his friend, whom he had carried back, was dead.

The officer looked at the dying soldier, shook his head, and said, "It wasn't worth it."

The young boy, overhearing the remark, smiled and said, "But it was worth it, sir, because when I got to him he said, 'Jim, I knew you'd come.' "

Someone Else

There's no better place to be than in someone else's prayers. - Tracy Klehn

The kids in our classroom...

The kids in our classroom are infinitely more significant than the subject matter we teach. - Meladee McCarty

Keep Trying

We don't always succeed in what we try - certainly not by the world's standards - but I think you'll find it's the willingness to keep trying that matters most. - Mister Rogers

Be courageous...

Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little. - Holley Gerth


Smells are surer than sounds and sights to make the heartstrings crack. - Rudyard Kipling

A house...

A house without books is like a house without windows. - Horace Mann