Motherhood: if it were going to be easy, it never would have started with something called labor.
Growing is a lifetime job, and we grow most when we’re down in the valleys, where the fertilizer is.
How will you use the years God gives you? Will you be remembered for being a fault-finder? Or will you be known for your quick smile, the laugh lines around your eyes, and the twinkle deep within? After all, God gives you your face, but you provide the expression!
We can never untangle all the woes in other people’s lives. We can’t produce miracles overnight. But we can bring a cup of cool water to a thirsty soul, or a scoop of laughter to a lonely heart.
True love doesn’t have a happy ending, because true love never ends. Letting go is one way of saying I love you.
All we can take with us to heaven is what we leave behind in the lives we touch.
A thin line separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt. Our lives constantly walk that line. When we slip off on one side or the other, we’re taken by surprise. But who said there wouldn’t be surprises? Knowing God just means that all the rules will be fair; at the end of our life drama, we’ll see that. We never know how things will turn out, but if we know with certainty they will make sense regardless of how they turn out, we’re on to something.
Live for today, but hold your hands open to tomorrow. Anticipate the future and its changes with joy. There is a seed of God’s love in every event, every unpleasant situation in which you may find yourself.
Forgiveness is a stunning principle, your ticket out of hate and fear and chaos. … I know what regret feels like; I’ve earned my credentials. But I also know what forgiveness feels like, because God has so graciously forgiven me.
God never gives up on us no matter how hard we try to get ourselves loose. God does not let go. That doesn’t mean he controls everything we do. It doesn’t mean he puts a bridle on us and leads us by the nose. He gives each one of us free will and common sense and a spirit that can communicate with his. When we go through afflictions, he allows us to choose our response. But no matter what our response may be, he sticks around to the bitter end.
Laughter dulls the sharpest pain and flattens out the greatest stress. To share it is to give a gift of health.
Are our ways of teaching students to ask some questions always correlative with our ways of teaching them not to ask – indeed, to be unconscious of – others? Does the educational system exist in order to promulgate knowledge, or is its main function rather to universalize a society’s tacit agreement about what it has decided it does not and cannot know?
As you’re rushing through life, take time to stop a moment, look into people’s eyes, say something kind, and try to make them laugh!
Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness.
If we give someone a piece of bread and butter, that’s kindness, but if we put jelly or peanut butter on it, then it’s Loving Kindness.
Change is a process not an event.
Life can be wonderful. Do your best not to miss it!” Enjoy what it is before it isn’t anymore. Dare to slip on a pair of bunny slippers once in a while! Surprise yourself! Enjoy the little things because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things!
If things are tough, remember that every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there. The almighty Father will use life’s reverses to move you forward. So do not keep grieving about a bitter experience. The present is slipping by while you are regretting the past and worrying about the future. Regret will not prevent tomorrow’s sorrows; it will only rob today of its strength.
You have to look for the joy. Look for the light of God that is hitting your life, and you will find sparkles you didn’t know were there.
Humor is the chocolate chips in the ice cream of life.
It never hurts your eyesight to look on the bright side of things.
I’m glad God has all the answers, ’cause I barely understand the questions.
Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.
Live every day to fulfill your personal mission. God has a reason for whatever season you are living through right now. A season of loss or blessing? A season of activity or hibernation? A season of growth or incubation? You may think you’re on a detour, but God knows the best way for you to reach your destination.
Old florists never die. They just make other arrangements.
Life is too short to spend it being angry, bored, or dull.
Smile…it kills time between disasters.
We can choose to gather to our hearts the thorns of disappointment, failure, loneliness, and dismay in our present situation. Or we can gather the flowers of God’s grace, boundless love, abiding presence, and unmatched joy. I choose to gather the flowers.
The most important things in your home are people.
I think living to be one hundred would be great, but living to fifty twice would be so much better.
Violets are God’s apology for February.
We are destined for joy no matter how difficult our daily life. Something in us responds to the happiness other people experience, because we glimpse life as God intended it to be.
Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go there right away.
Kids can be a pain in the neck when they’re not a lump in your throat.
We are Easter people living in a Good Friday world.