We Shall Emerge

No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, God will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character to do so. He will always stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them. - George Q. Cannon

Complain or Sing

In this life, we are all just walking up the mountain, and we can sing as we climb or we can complain about our sore feet. Whichever we choose, we still have to do the hike. I decided a long time ago that singing made a lot more sense. - Author Unknown


It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations- something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. Katherine Paterson

Read with a Pen

Read with a pen in your hand and enter in a little book short hints of what you find that is curious or that might be useful; for this will be the best method of imprinting such particulars in your memory, where they will be ready on some future occasion to adorn and improve your conversation. - Benjamin Franklin


We have the choice between seeing despair and problems or possibility and promise. - Lucy Calkins

Most Important

The most important thing in my life is Christ. He's more important to me than winning or losing or whether I'm playing or not. Everything else is just a bonus. - Tim Howard, USA World Cup soccer goalie


It shouldn't matter how slowly a child learns as long as we are encouraging them not to stop. - Robert John Meehan


We may not understand God's complete plan, but we can trust the Plan-Maker. - Melissa Spoelstra


Young boys should never be sent to bed...they always wake up a day older. - James M. Barrie, Finding Neverland


Sometimes when we get overwhelmed, we forget how big God is. - A.W. Tozer


I once talked to Dr. Elly Beerman-de Roos, an experienced counselor, about a problem that seemed insurmountable to me. ‘Nothing will come of it,’ I said. Then she struck her fist on the table and said, 'What? He who rose from the dead and rolled away a heavy stone from the grave does not have the power to deal with your problem?’- Corrie Ten Boom, Reflections of God's Glory

By Prayer Alone

Move men, through God, by prayer alone. - Hudson Taylor, The Story of the China Inland Mission

Share Our Calm

When our little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it is our job to share our calm, not join their chaos. - L. R. Knost


Before we ever put a pencil in a child's hands, those hands should dig, climb, press, pull, squish, twist and pinch in a wide array of environments and with a variety of materials. - Amanda Morgan 

Pile of Books

One of the joys of childhood was an afternoon in the library, to browse and bring home a pile of books. - Noam Chomsky

Local Church

The local church should be the place where those hurting, struggling, and worrying can find open arms and compassionate community. - Jarrid Wilson


I love the way that each book -- any book -- is its own journey. You open it, and off you go. You are changed in some way, large or small, by having traveled with those characters. - Sharon Creech

Big Picture Thinking

Often the richest, most productive play doesn't look like much because it's dawdling, imagining, daydreaming, big picture thinking. - Janet Lansbury


There is more power in sharing our weaknesses than our strengths. - Emily P. Freeman


Fall in love with people, not the cause. - Shane Claiborne


Stories are such a normal every day occasion that we often overlook their significance. - Kathy Short

Showing Up

When we consistently show up for someone, we say to them without words: "I am with you."  - John Sowers