Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again. - Sarah Ban Breathnach

Higher Standard

We need a higher standard, especially as followers of Christ, for how to leverage our social media accounts for God's glory. - Brian Smith

Every piece of writing…

Every piece of writing… starts from what I call a grit… a sight or sound, a sentence or happening that does not pass away… but quite inexplicably lodges in the mind. - Rumer Godden

Write about...

Write about what truly matters to you - not just things to catch the eye of the world. - Frederick Buechner

Our Job

...Our job as parents, teachers, and elders is not to smooth the way, but to teach a child to walk safely in rough places. - Leonard Pitts

In Someone's Hand

We forget that the simple gesture of putting a book in someone's hand can change a life. - Kate DiCamillo

He Wants Me

God doesn't need me, He wants me. - Author Unknown

The smallest deed...

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention. - John Burroughs


I felt it shelter to speak to you. - Emily Dickinson


We're not so different. We all bleed, hurt, laugh, hope, smile, cry, and love. Our similarities far outnumber our differences. - J. Selvidge

Clear Away

Whatever God is urging you to clear away cannot begin to be compared to what He ultimately wants to bring you.- Beth Moore

Why write?

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. - Vita Sackville-West

Everyday Things

My mother always had a sense of wonderment. The color of a leaf, a sprinkling of snow, the smell of hot soup - she found the greatest pleasure in everyday things. - Nancy Bradford


You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back. - William D. Tammeus


God doesn't use sermons, books, tapes, or any other resources to speak to me about other people. He uses them to speak to me about me! - Mayo Mathers

Jesus meets us...

Right when we are at the end of long days, long lists and long sleepless nights, Jesus meets us and in Him we are tenderly, patiently, lovingly held together. So we can be ready for tomorrow. - Lisa-Jo Baker


There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart. - Jane Austen

Family Mantra

Kara Powell

...Our family is hoping that talking (and laughing) about our mistakes will make our home a safe place to confess our sins and celebrate the grace that erases them all.

If I were flawless, I would need no Savior.

If my kids were perfect, there would be no Easter.

Instead, we need to be reminded of six words that have become a mantra in our family:

Jesus is bigger than any mistake.

Your Boat

Jesus is in your boat! Whatever situation you are in, whatever trial you are going through, He's in your boat! - Fern Nichols


A writer is working when he's staring out the window. - Burton Rascoe


Writers are like other people, except for at least one important difference. Other people have daily thoughts and feelings, notice this sky or that smell, but they don’t do much about it. All those thoughts, feelings, sensations, and opinions pass through them like the air they breathe. Not writers. Writers react. - Ralph Fletcher


That's the thing with handmade items. They still have the person's mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone. - Aimee Bender

The Ordinary

Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving  may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand and make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself. - William Marin

Space to Breathe

That's the work of poetry - to give our inner images, longings, and feelings space to breathe. - Georgia Heard


This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It's that easy, and that hard. - Neil Gaiman


Nothing is more free or appreciated than a handwritten love note. - Author Unknown

Designed for Your Purpose

Dear almighty God,
May my child always find his 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. - Cheri Fuller


Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have. - Juli Wilson

Only Jesus

It is a foolish woman who expects her husband to be to her that which only Jesus Christ Himself can be: always ready to forgive, totally understanding, unendingly patient, invariably tender and loving, unfailing in every area, anticipating every need, and making more than adequate provision. Such expectations put a man under an impossible strain. ― Ruth Bell Graham

Even the smallest drop...

Even the smallest drop of God's strength is more than enough to cover our frailties, our shortcomings, the places where we deem ourselves weak. - Lysa TerKeurst

Someone He Knew

Father prayed because he had a good Friend to talk over the problems of the day; he prayed because he had a direct connection with his Maker when he had a concern; he prayed because there was so much for which he wanted to thank God. When father talked with the Lord it was serious, but unpretentious. He talked to Someone he knew. - Corrie Ten Boom, In My Father's House

You'll get through...

You'll get through this. It won't be painless. It won't be quick. But God will use this mess for good. - Max Lucado


Many of my most memorable times with students are when we share laughter. - Margie Myers-Culver


Not all readers are writers, but all writers are readers. - Ralph Fletcher