Someone Who Writes

Everything we do in Writing Workshop teaches students. Either we can be walking, breathing, talking examples of all we advocate for our students, or we can have them sitting around wondering why we are trying to get them into something that we are obviously not into ourselves. They see me as someone who writes, which is how I'm asking them to see themselves, and this is a key ingredient to learning anything. They listen to me because they can see that I know what I'm talking about. You can't get that if you don't write. - Katie Wood Ray 

Leads

No one leads people to Jesus; He leads people to Himself. All the pressure is off. Just go love everybody. - Bob Goff

Graces

Sprinkled in the midst of things we'd rather forget are graces we need to remember. - Alicia Bruxvoort

Others

My candle loses nothing by lighting the other candles. - John Maxwell

Travel

To travel far, there is no better ship than a book. - Emily Dickinson

Misunderstandings

Most days, we're all just doing the best we can in this messy thing called life, and misunderstandings are a natural part of our humanity. But may this be cause for extending grace, not for purging peace. - Brenda B. Ottinger

Voice

We all need opportunities to voice our frustrations in a healthy way. However, I don't want my grateful heart to be overshadowed by my complaining words. - Anitha Abraham

Trust

Sometimes God has to lean in close to my heart full of questions and gently whisper, "You don't have to have all of the answers, Lysa. You just need to trust." Maybe your heart needs that reminder tonight too. - Lysa TerKeurst

Writing

Writing isn't letters on papers. It's communication. It's memory. - Isaac Marion

Treasure Hunting

To me, reading through old letters and journals is like treasure hunting. Somewhere in those faded, handwritten lines there is a story that has been packed away in a dusty old box for years. - Sara Sheridan

Not Jesus

I'm sorry the church hurt you. That was humanity, not Jesus. - Grayson Bearden, Twitter

Into the World

Christ came into the world

for you ---

and you came into the world

for Him. 

- Ann Voskamp, The Greatest Gift

Christmas

Christmas is not a myth, not a tradition, not a dream. It is a glorious reality. - Billy Graham

Handwritten Letters

One of my favorite things about handwritten letters is that you can keep them for however long you want, and revisit them at any time. A screenshot of a sweet text doesn't measure up. - Lauren Beasley, Odyssey

Tears

Our tears are normal. They are necessary, and they are noticed by your heavenly Father. Let yourself feel. Let your tears fall. And let yourself believe He is there to catch each one and hold it, and you, close to His heart. - Tracie Miles

Christians

When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world. - C. S. Lewis

Nature

Nature is often overlooked as a healing balm for the emotional hardships in a child's life. - Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods

Testing

Testing assesses only children's knowledge of the test's content, not the true learning of children. - Carlina Rinaldi

Beyond

Beyond the wall there is always a beyond. - Loris Malaguzzi

Where We Are

Sometimes we are so busy looking up and looking forward trying to figure out the next moves in our lives --- or looking backward at all the places we have been --- that we don't look down and figure out where we actually are. - Bob Goff

Harbor

If the worst thing in the world happened, would I help protect someone else? Would I let myself be a harbor for someone who needs it? - Jacqueline Woodson, Harbor Me

What Children Need Most

While our society is busy wondering and theorizing about what children need most, nature simply holds a space for the child to discover that for themselves. - Nicolette Sowder

Play

Play is full of opportunities for learning, but it's also one of the most natural forms of therapy we have available. - Amanda Morgan

You

Don't let what you're afraid of keep you from what you were made for. - Bob Goff

Pacing

The pacing of our teaching has to be set by the learning of our kids and not by a calendar. - Tom Loud