The past is past.
The present is present.
And the future is full of HOPE.
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 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
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
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, 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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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