Learn to write about the ordinary. Give homage to old coffee cups, sparrows, city buses, thin ham sandwiches. Make a list of everything ordinary you can think of. Keep adding to it. Promise yourself, before you leave the earth, to mention everything on your list at least once in a poem, short story, newspaper article. - Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
Not reaching back for what was lost in my yesterdays. And not reaching for what I hope will be in my tomorrow. But living fully with what is right in front of me. And truly seeing the gift of this moment. ― Lysa TerKeurst, Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl
Gentle is the one who does "not break the crushed reed, or snuff the faltering wick" (Matthew 12:20). Gentle is the one who is attentive to the strengths and weaknesses of the other and enjoys being together more than accomplishing something. A gentle person treads lightly, listens carefully, looks tenderly, and touches with reverence. A gentle person knows that true growth requires nurture, not force. Let's dress ourselves with gentleness. In our tough and often unbending world our gentleness can be a vivid reminder of the presence of God among us. - Henri Nouwen
Life is not easy. Your hard probably doesn't look like mine --- it shouldn't look like mine. We each have our own stories, but they don't belong to us. They belong to the Lord, and he wants to use them to inspire and strengthen and encourage and make the world a better place. This is why they aren't always easy. If they were, we wouldn't see Him. He weaves our stories together. - Ruth Ayres
But sometimes, when you take two ordinary things and put them together at the same time and in the same place, there's nothing ordinary about them at all. - E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie
Faith is about how you live your life in the meantime, how you make decisions when you don't know for sure what's next. What you do with yourself between the last time you heard from God and the next time you hear from God is the ongoing challenge of a life of faith. - Cece Winans, On a Positive Note
Missy could fall down and hurt herself even if I'm walking right there beside her. That doesn't mean that I allowed it to happen. She knows with her father's unconditional love, I'll pick her up and I'll carry her. I'll try to heal her. I'll cry when she cries. And I'll rejoice when she is well. In all the moments of my life, God has been right there beside me. The truth of God's love is not that He allows bad things to happen. It's His promise that He'll be there with us when they do. - Janette Oke, Clark speaking in Love Comes Softly
For I am the Lord, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
I will help you.
How personal that promise is. Not "I will give you a map", but "I will take your hand." - Liz Curtis Higgs
I do not fear what my future holds. I can't. I can't spend the energy anticipating the next horrible event. I am choosing to anticipate the next great provision, whatever provision that may be. I am choosing to believe that no matter what, even if God calls me home tonight in my sleep, He never stepped off His throne. He simply brought me closer to it. - Heather George