Play is the highest form of research. - Albert Einstein

Surprises & Changes

Every day life is filled with surprises --- some good and some not so good. But even when our plans get derailed, God remains faithful...If we're serious about surrendering our lives to God, then we probably shouldn't get too upset when he does things a bit differently than we would have liked. It is good and right to make plans, but it is even more godly and righteous to allow God to change them. - Lisa Whelchel, Speaking Mom-ese


The greatest gift you can give anyone is your undivided attention. - Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club

But I still need...

At 8:30 p.m. it feels like midnight. Blinking takes effort. I'm tightly clenching my jaw as I type, and I. Can't. Stop. This life is exhausting. And I'm not even sick or pregnant or depressed or dying of starvation or homeless. But I still need a hero. Good thing I've got one. I can receive the mess as a gift because it gives me the opportunity to tell God, "I've thrown myself headlong into your arms --- I'm celebrating your rescue" (Psalm 13:5 Message). - Emily P. Freeman, Grace for the Good Girl: letting go of the try-hard life

It's very important...

It's very important to write things down instantly, or you can lose the way you were thinking...I have a rule that if I wake up at 3 in the morning and think of something, I write it down. I can't wait until morning - it'll be gone. - Mary Oliver


Author Unknown

While I'm waiting, I will serve You.
While I'm waiting, I will worship.
While I'm waiting, I will not faint.
I'll be running the race even while I wait.


Don't write it right, just write it --- and then make it right later. - Tara Moss

Sometimes a person needs a story...

If stories come to you, care for them. And learn to give them away where they are needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. - Barry Lopez


If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. - Jane Austen

God, I commit...

God, I commit the day and myself to You. Grant me the energy I need for today's challenges and tasks. - Cheri Fuller

Right Now

Ann Voskamp

Right now in Christ, you have
unlimited resources
unceasing strength
unequaled peace
unfailing help
to face anything unafraid.

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. - Ephesians 3:16

Answered Prayers of Yesterday

Sometimes I need to stop and remember that I'm living today in the answered prayers of yesterday. - Holley Gerth

Available for You

You can come to your heavenly Father in prayer anytime, anywhere, for anything! He promises, "How gracious [I] will be when you cry for help!" (Isaiah 30:19). What an incredible privilege God has given us. Prayer is not just for a select few, for people who lived thousands of years ago, or for "perfect" people. It's available for you. - Fern Nichols


It seems they had always been, and always would be, friends. Time could change much, but not that. - A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Sometimes smiling...

Sometimes smiling is an act of defiance against what's pressing down hard. Sometimes smiling is an act of sheer bravery. - Ann Voskamp

There has never...

There has never been a moment that you were not on God's mind. - Derwin L. Gray

The Cry of my Heart

Tracy Klehn

Lord, make me a woman that
Loves you immeasurably
Trusts you unconditionally and
Seeks you wholeheartedly

The Gift of my Children's Love

Dr. Juli Slattery, Thriving Family

Several years ago, while my dad and I were chatting, he asked, "Juli, do you know what the best gift I ever received was?" I listened as he explained, "Your mother gave me the gift of my children's love."

With tears in his eyes, my dad told how busy he had been while my five siblings and I were young children. "Your mom could have turned your hearts against me. Instead, she always spoke highly of me, painting the picture of a hero in your eyes. All six of my children love me, and I have her to thank."

I'll never forget that conversation. The truth my dad spoke is a constant reminder that my words and attitudes have a lasting impression on the way my children view their father...

Lord, all that I...

Lord, all that I long for is known to you, my sighing is no secret from you... I put my trust in you, and leave you to answer for me. - Elisabeth Elliot


God loves us so much that sometimes He gives us what we need and not what we ask. - Max Lucado


I don't have answers, but I do have prayers. - Lysa TerKeurst

Enough Material

Anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life. - Flannery O'Connor


To my daughter I will say, "See your beauty without a compliment or a mirror." - Della Hicks Wilson

An Ocean of Love

The love of God is great and strong; yes, we can speak of an ocean of love. That love gives us the strength to forgive and even to love our enemies. That love is a source of power and victory during the most terrible crises of our life, but also in everyday life. - Corrie Ten Boom

It never does...

It never does any good to compare your situation to someone else's situation. - Darcy Kimmel


I assure you that regardless how tentative the notes of your prayer-song. God longs to hear from you. - Fern Nichols

The most important information...

The most important information and "data" you will get from a student won't come from a worksheet or a test, it will come from a relationship. - Dr. Justin Tarte


I want my kids to know that when you write, you are an artist. - Kelly Gallagher

The Storyteller

God's ways are not our ways, but his character is still dependable. In other words, we don't need to fret, even when it looks like hope is dead. We might not be able to see the end of the story. But we can trust the Storyteller. - Joanna Weaver


If you want to write, you start by going to the library and reading. - Jack Gantos


Play is the answer to how anything new comes about. - Jean Piaget


How am I different now that I read that book? - Lester Laminack

If we read it well...

Great literature, if we read it well, opens up the world and makes us more sensitive to it, as if we aquired eyes that could see through things and ears that could hear smaller sounds. - Donald Hall