The past...

Holley Girth

The past is past.

The present is present.

And the future is full of HOPE.


Story has the power to transform us. - Lester Laminack

She told stories...

She told stories in such a way that I swear my heart heard them before my ears. I wanted to wrap up in her stories, curl them around my shoulders like a quilt. - Natalie Lloyd, A Snicker of Magic

Teacher Growth

Teacher growth is closely related to pupil growth. Probably nothing within a school has more impact on students in terms of skills development, self-confidence, or classroom behavior than the personal and professional growth of their teachers. - Roland Barth

Early & Often

It's hard to argue with the need to talk, and to listen. Words do have power, and we can give our students that power, early and often. - Kara Pranikoff

One's home...

One's home is like a delicious piece of pie you order in a restaurant on a country road one cozy evening - the best piece of pie you have ever eaten in your life - and can never find again. After you leave home, you may find yourself getting homesick, even if you have a new home that has nicer wallpaper and a more efficient dishwasher than the home in which you grew up. - Lemony Snicket

Mustard Seed

Sometimes we are afraid that we do not have enough faith to pray for this child or that marriage. Our fears should be put to rest, for the Bible tells us great miracles are possible through the size of a tiny mustard seed. - Richard Foster

Day by day...

Day by day, I realize now my biggest need isn't for food, or clothes, or money to pay the bills. It isn't even having all my prayers answered the way I want. It's being in line with God's purposes, walking with Jesus from one challenge, one adventure, one open door to the next, even if I do stumble headlong through a few. - Virelle Kidder

A Positive Light

Our students with challenges and chaos in their lives need to believe we see them in a positive light. - Melanie Quinn

Run to Him

When trials and tribulations come, make the decision to run to God first. - Christine Caine

Always Time

One reason we are so harried and hurried is that we make yesterday and tomorrow our business, when all that legitimately concerns us is today. If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. Let us submit the list to Him and ask Him to indicate which items we must delete. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy. - Elisabeth Elliot, Secure in the Everlasting Arms


Joy and happiness are not synonyms. Happiness is fragile, but joy is a strong anchor that can weather any storm. – Matt Chandler

In My Tracks

Into my notebook goes anything that is interesting enough to stop me in my tracks -- the slump of a pair of shoulders in a crowd, a newspaper entry, a recipe, "chewy" words like ragamuffin or Maurice...For me, it all begins with a notebook: it is the well I dip into for that first clear, cool drink. - Rita Dove

As Our Children Grow

As our children grow more and more independent, they spend less and less time with us. Although we cannot accompany them through all the ups and downs of life, God can. He can be where we cannot be. He can guide when we aren't able to guide. He can protect when we are not present. Without prayer, we may feel fear, insecurity, and doubt as our children move out from under our wings. With prayer, we can feel hope, security, and trust in our partnership with the very One who created our children. - Jill Savage, Professionalizing Motherhood


I'm a Christian. You can mock me, laugh at me, talk about me, but you can't change my mind. - Author Unknown


God will turn our mess into His message if we'll let him. - Jill Savage


When older women choose to invest themselves in the lives of younger women, whole families and churches feel the blessing. - Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

Oh, men and women...

Oh, men and women, pray through; pray through; pray through! Do not just begin to pray and pray a little while and throw up your hands and quit; but pray and pray and pray until God bends the heavens and comes down! - R. A. Torrey


We can entrust every loss, every trial, every problem and anxiety to the Lord, who will sustain us and carry us all the days of our lives. - Cheri Fuller, A Busy Woman's Guide to Prayer

Strive to Understand

Just because someone's struggle isn't ours doesn't mean we shouldn't strive to understand. - Nicki Koziarz


Students get better at writing by doing it. - Jeff Anderson


We are not ready for the battle until we have seen the Lord, for Jesus is the answer to all problems. - Corrie Ten Boom

Worship is...

Worship is designed to remind you that in the center of all things is a glorious and gracious King, and this king is not you. - Paul David Tripp


Lessons learned in the home last the longest. - Thomas S. Monson

Give Thanks

I know there is poor and hideous suffering, and I've seen the hungry and the guns that go to war. I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks for early light dappled through leaves and the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives. - Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Revision is...

Revision is a matter of rewriting until what I write feels truthful, complete, and alive. - Georgia Heard

Maple Syrup

It takes forty gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. Maple sap is mostly water. To make syrup, you've got to boil off that water. Much of your writer's notebook is like that watery sap. You have to boil off lots of water in order to make the syrup of your writing dark, thick and sweet. - Donald Murray and Ralph Fletcher

The Ordinary

If I dismiss the ordinary --- waiting for the special, the extreme, the extraordinary to happen --- I may just miss my life. - Dani Shapiro, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

Though our feelings...

The great thing to remember is though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not. - C.S. Lewis


Sometimes the most important thing in the whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. - Etty Hillesum