Oaks & Diamonds

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. - Peter Marshall

One Person

We know that even one person doing the right thing can sometimes make all the difference in the world. - Ken Evers-Hood

Trust the Engineer

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. - Corrie Ten Boom

What is small...

What is small and hidden in our lives can be of great worth to God. - Holley Gerth

Blank Book

When you come right down to it, a writer's notebook is nothing more than a blank book, but within those pages you've got a powerful tool for writing and living. - Ralph Fletcher

Clutter

Clutter is the poetry of our homes. It is an intimate view that is not always perfect --- a few dishes in the sink, books piled next to the bed. Everything in its place may give a certain satisfaction, but a lived-in room exudes comfort and warmth. - Mary Randolph Carter, author of A Perfectly Kept House Is the Sign of a Misspent Life

In Any Situation

...I need to be able to worship God in any situation. I don't need the best lighting, the best band, or the best anything to worship God. I can turn my heart toward Him in any circumstance. - Stan Endicott

Sometimes...

Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same. - Author Unknown

Circumstances

God loves to take circumstances and situations that you and I may consider a lost cause and redeem them. - Julie Barnhill

Cheers on the Other Side

We hear tears loudly on this side of heaven. What we don't take time to contemplate are the even louder cheers on the other side of death's valley. - Zig Ziglar

Struggles

Strength doesn't come from winning. Your struggles build your strength. - Author Unknown

Promise me...

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. - A. A. Milne, Christopher Robin to Pooh

And thank you...

And thank you for a house full of people I love. Amen. - Terri Guillemets

God is...

God is more powerful than your worst mistake. There is no situation that he cannot put to a good and powerful use. - Allie Pleiter

What kind...

What kind of player are you when things get tough? - Steve Payne

Keep Looking

Keep looking in the right direction in everything you do — to Jesus; keep looking up and kneeling down. We are not ready for the battle until we have seen the Lord, for Jesus is the answer to all problems. - Corrie Ten Boom

Beside Them

When we see someone sitting alone, we ought to be the ones who go over and sit down beside them. - Author Unknown

I hope...

I hope you're proud of yourself for the times you've said "yes," when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to somebody else. - Mister Rogers

I awoke this morning...

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. - R. W. Emerson

The way schools care about...

The way schools care about children is reflected in the way schools care about the children's families. - Joyce L. Epstein

Lists

When I write lists, ideas become more tangible. - Ralph Fletcher

Praying Parent

Being a perfect parent doesn't matter. Being a praying parent does. - Stormie Omartian

Memory

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

In this situation...

What, in this situation, are the things I need to entrust into God's capable and loving hands? - Paul David Tripp

Thankfulness

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily. - Gerald Good

We have a God...

We have a God who delights in impossibilities. - Billy Sunday

Understand that friendship...

Understand that friendship arrives from the least likely sources and flourishes in the least likely locations. Understand that someone can know you very well though you have not told her about yourself. - Whitney Otto

A writer is someone who...

A writer is not someone who has an extraordinary life. A writer finds interesting stories in their ordinary life. - Ralph Fletcher

To live a creative life...

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. - Joseph Chilton Pearce

Never let a problem...

Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. - Barbara Johnson

Reflection

Reflection is thinking about what you do and how you feel about it. - Ruth Ayres

Writing Exercise

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. - Jane Yolen

Reasons

There are reasons that we are where we are and who we are, and they aren't random. - Francis Chan

Don't limit...

Don't limit your thinking by your present resources. - Michael Hyatt