Right there beside me...

Missy could fall down and hurt herself even if I'm walking right there beside her. That doesn't mean that I allowed it to happen. She knows with her father's unconditional love, I'll pick her up and I'll carry her. I'll try to heal her. I'll cry when she cries. And I'll rejoice when she is well. In all the moments of my life, God has been right there beside me. The truth of God's love is not that He allows bad things to happen. It's His promise that He'll be there with us when they do. - Janette Oke, Clark in Love Comes Softly

Friendship

I breathe easier with her in my life. Friendship does that. - Charissa Steyn, Steyn Family Adventures

Promise

For I am the Lord, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13

How personal that promise is. Not "I will give you a map", but "I will take your hand." - Liz Curtis Higgs

Faith is admitting...

Faith is admitting that I don't always know what you're doing, but I know who you are. - J.J. Heller

His Best Work

Always remember: When you can't, that's when He does His best work. - Carole Lewis

Unless we reach...

Unless we reach into our students' hearts, we have no entry into their minds. - Regie Routman

No Matter What

I do not fear what my future holds. I can't. I can't spend the energy anticipating the next horrible event. I am choosing to anticipate the next great provision, whatever provision that may be. I am choosing to believe that no matter what, even if God calls me home tonight in my sleep, He never stepped off His throne. He simply brought me closer to it. - Heather George

In the Meantime

Faith is about how you live your life in the meantime, how you make decisions when you don't know for sure what's next. What you do with yourself between the last time you heard from God and the next time you hear from God is the ongoing challenge of a life of faith. - Cece Winans, On a Positive Note

Sheer Bravery

Sometimes smiling is an act of defiance against what's pressing down hard. Sometimes smiling is an act of sheer bravery. - Ann Voskamp

The Light of Christ

When shame raises its ugly voice, bring it into the light of Christ and hear Him say, "I overcame that!" - Sheila Walsh

Part of our worship...

Part of our worship to God includes loving the people with whom we worship. - M.E. Anderson

Guidance

When it comes to my children, God, teach me the difference between guidance and control. - Megan White

Roots

Storms make the oak grow deeper roots. - George Herbert

Friends

Charlotte Zolotow

We can sit on the steps
in the sun
and not say anything.
It's nice.
But when I go home,
I sometimes can't wait for dinner to end
so I can call you.
But sometimes you call me first.

As I Write

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. - Anne Frank

The Greatest Resource

Prayer is the greatest resource God has given to make a difference in our world, our homes, neighborhoods, and school…Whatever age your children are, pray for them. Don’t let the crush of activities and tasks distract you from the most important influence you can have on their lives. It’s never too early or late to start! - Cheri Fuller

Heaven

My home is in heaven. I'm just traveling through this world. - Billy Graham

Name

In biblical times, a name represented a person's character. God's name represents His attributes, His nature. His name is a statement of who He is. And He has many names! Each reveals something of His power and love and purposes toward you. - Kay Arthur, The Peace and Power of Knowing God's Name

Another came...

I was sitting, torn with grief. Someone came and talked to me of God's dealing, of why it happened, of hope beyond the grave. He talked constantly, he said things I knew were true. I was unmoved except to wish he'd go away. He finally did. Another came and sat beside me. He just sat beside me for an hour and more, listened when I said something, answered briefly, prayed simply, left. I was moved. I was comforted. I hated to see him go. - Joseph Bayley, Written after he laid three of his sons in the grave

Prevailing, Consistent Prayer

There is no more significant involvement in another's life than prevailing, consistent prayer. It is more helpful than a gift of money, more encouraging than a strong sermon, more effective than a compliment, more reassuring than a physical embrace. - Charles R. Swindoll

Kids' Questions

We want to live in a way where kids' questions matter. - Stephanie Harvey

Every Time

We get a lesson on writing every time we read. - Donalyn Miller

If God asks you to wait...

If God asks you to wait, you better believe that the wait will be worth it. Be patient. - Terry Squires

All Lives Matter

The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world. - Paul Farmer

The only reason...

The only reason to play the game is so we know what to work on in practice. - Teri Clemens, Get With It, Girls! Life Is Competition

Circumstances

Circumstances do not control you; Jesus does. You never have to be the victims of your feelings. You can choose to look to God and listen, learn and move ahead. Disappointments are inevitable, discouragement is a choice. - Charles Stanley

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

Identity

Don't put the whole of your identity into the smallness of this situation. - Lysa TerKeurst

Fill Your Paper

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. – William Wordsworth

May my child always find...

Dear almighty God,
May my child always find significance in You, the creator of the universe. May he always know that You designed him for a purpose, for Your purpose, and that You can be his strength in his weakness. In Jesus' name, amen. - Fern Nichols, When Moms Pray Together

Stick with It

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. - Albert Einstein

The best moments in reading are...

The best moments in reading are when you come across something - a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things - that you'd thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you've never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it's as if a hand has come out, and taken yours. - The History Boys

Story

Story has the power to transform us. - Lester Laminack

She told stories...

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

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