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

Let God's promises...

Let God's promises shine on your problems. - Corrie Ten Boom


God's plans are good even when they don't feel good. - Lysa TerKeurst


Rest will never come by trying to figure it all out. It only comes by trusting the One who has it all figured out for you. - Paul David Tripp

Live in...

Visit many good books, but live in the Bible. - Charles H. Spurgeon

From the Top

The Lord Jesus…is our Peace, our Victory, and our Joy…From below things feel impossible, people seem impossible (some people at least), and we ourselves feel the most impossible of all. From the top we see as our Lord sees: He sees not what is only, but what shall be. He is not discouraged, and as we look with Him, our discouragement vanishes, and we can sing a new song. - Amy Carmichael

Only speak words...

Only speak words that make souls stronger. - Ann Voskamp

"When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need — words that will help others become stronger." Ephesians 4:29 (NCV)


Who in my life needs to be encouraged today, and how can I be part of touching their hearts? - Holley Gerth


Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. - Mary Oliver

I wore your words...

Today, I wore your words on my feet cause, I like how tall they make me feel. - Della Hicks Wilson

A writer is...

A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper. - Ursula K. Le Guin

If we meet...

If we meet all our children's needs all the time, they will not develop coping strategies of their own. - Allie Pleiter

Watch Your Step

Grandma used to say, 'Watch your step- what you get into can be tough to get out of.' Make godly choices. - Lynn Townsend

Into Words

Appreciation can make a day – even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary. - Margaret Cousins

God's Presence

We'll probably never learn to enjoy the storms, but we can learn to enjoy God's presence in the storm! - Beth Moore


It's not up to you to figure out HOW God does it, it's up to you to trust that HE will. - Luke Stevens

But sometimes...

We serve a God who most certainly can move mountains...But sometimes the greater revelations of God are discovered when He doesn’t move the mountain. Instead, He takes our hand and helps us climb up and over impossibilities one step at a time. - Lysa TerKeurst


Don't worry so much about what you are going to be. Concentrate on who you are going to be. - Matt Phelan

Secret Weapon

A secret weapon for your marriage: Continue to ask your spouse questions about them. - Dr. Greg Smalley


Let me encourage you to continue to wait with faith. God may not perform a miracle, but he is trustworthy to touch you and make you whole where there used to be a hole. - Lisa Whelchel

A Gentle Voice

Ruth Bell Graham

Lord, please help me develop a gentle,
pleasant tone of voice.
Someone once said, "Most of the tensions of everyday life
are caused by tone of voice."
I know it's true with me. So please help me.


Home is the nicest word there is. - Laura Ingalls Wilder


Listening is not wanting to talk. - Scott Ginsberg


Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. - Anita Desai

The world needs to hear...

The world needs to hear more about what you're for than what you're against. - James Barnett


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


I will learn to love the skies I'm under. - Author Unknown


Happiness is a form of courage. - Holbrook Jackson

Deal with Fear

We have to deal with fear because it is possible that it will make us miss the best parts of life. - Jennie Allen

Protection from the Nonsense

Great leaders protect their staff from the nonsense and expose their staff to all that cultivates growth and joyful learning in school. - Mary Anne Sacco

Her Father

To her, the name of father was another name for love. - Fanny Fern