Revision is...

Revision is a matter of rewriting until what I write feels truthful, complete, and alive. - Georgia Heard

Maple Syrup

It takes forty gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. Maple sap is mostly water. To make syrup, you've got to boil off that water. Much of your writer's notebook is like that watery sap. You have to boil off lots of water in order to make the syrup of your writing dark, thick and sweet. - Donald Murray and Ralph Fletcher

The Ordinary

If I dismiss the ordinary --- waiting for the special, the extreme, the extraordinary to happen --- I may just miss my life. - Dani Shapiro, Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life

Though our feelings...

The great thing to remember is though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not. - C.S. Lewis

Sometimes...

Sometimes the most important thing in the whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. - Etty Hillesum

Language

The language we choose in our teaching changes the worlds children inhabit now and those they will build in the future. - Peter H. Johnston

Wonderful

Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful. - Annette Funicello

Communication

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. - Peter F. Drucker

Each time...

Each time you will fall He will pick you up again. - C. S. Lewis

An apology...

An apology is not about being right or wrong, but about understanding and caring about another person'e perspective. - Clare Landrigan

Whisper His Name

When life's uncertainties threaten to steal your peace, whisper the name of Jesus. The whisper of His name brings the power of His presence. - Lysa TerKeurst

I pray because...

I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time - waking and sleeping. It does not change God - it changes me. - C. S. Lewis

For Him

No prayer is too hard for Him to answer, no need too great for Him to supply, no passion too strong for Him to subdue; no temptation too powerful for Him to deliver from, no misery too deep for Him to relieve. - Arthur Pink, The Attributes of God

At the moment though...

At the moment though, it is the room in which 32 children spent a year learning about things that matter: to be kind and have intellectual integrity, to be open and accepting of new ideas, to make reading and writing as natural a need as breathing, to think history as a story worth knowing. We have such important work before us, every day of the school year. Teaching matters. And the year, which seemed so long in September, seems to have been rather short after all. - Tara Smith, A Teaching Life

Who

I don’t know how, but I know Who. - Beth Moore

Unexpected

Lord, help me leave room for the unexpected assignments you give me today. - Renee Swope

Speak God's Word

You will be amazed at the exciting things that happen to you if you speak God's Word instead of how you feel. - Joyce Meyer

Rise & Shine

Rise and shine. I've always held such fondness for that sweet old phrase. As though we are all little Suns. As though we are all someone's Day. - Beau Taplin

Still Good

Teach your child that God is still good even when life doesn't feel good. - Lysa TerKeurst

Practice

Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good. - Malcolm Gladwell

Read

Read, read, read, read. That's how you learn to write. - Judy Blume

Two Best Cures

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything. - Irish Proverb

Lord, keep my children's ears open...

Lord, keep my children's ears open to my motherly advice and Your Fatherly wisdom. May they close their ears to the teaching that suits their own opinions and desires. Instead, I pray that they would welcome Your truth and nothing but Your truth. (So help them, God!) - Lisa Whelchel, Speaking Mom-ese

Writing is...

Writing is seeing. It is paying attention. - Katie DiCamillo

Resist Rescue

As parents, it’s important that we allow our children to experience the consequences for a poor choice. Resist rescue. - Kendra Smiley

Write...

Write hard and clear about what hurts. - Ernest Hemingway

Instead

Feelings, feelings, and feelings. Let me try thinking instead. - C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

It's yours, Lord

God wants me daily to hold out my house to Him with open hands and say its yours, Lord. - Linda Dillow

Write

Write yourself. Invite children to do something you're already doing. If you're not doing it, Hey, the kids say, I can't wait to grow up and not have to write, like you. They know. And for the short term and the long term, you'll be doing yourself a favor by writing. All of us need it as a survival tool in a very complex world. The wonderful thinking about writing is that it separates the meaningless and the trivial from what is really important. So we need it for ourselves and then we need to invite children to do what we're doing. You can't ask someone to sing a duet with you until you know the tune yourself. - Ralph Fletcher

Solid Truth

I'd rather depend on the solid truth of God than the rollercoaster of fickle feelings. - Lysa TerKeurst

Everyone Else

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don't have to do what everyone else is doing. - Author Unknown

No matter what...

No matter what today entails, no matter what each moment holds, good things will happen. Good things always happen amidst the bad. You would think by now, with all that I have gone through, I would have learned that. You would think that I would have mastered the art of looking for the positive in all situations. But I haven't. And that is okay. It is okay for me to be angry at this situation. It doesn't mean that I have lost hope. In the midst of the pain and heartbreak that I have felt, I am looking towards the good. I am turning my face to Him and letting those words fall on me like rain. - Heather George

Good Advice

Ann Voskamp

Go slow. Be God-struck. Grant grace. Live Truth.

Give Thanks. Love well. Rejoice.