Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Few Quotes

I like quotes. I take them at face value and try not to allow words to be tarnished by the person who first spoke or penned them; sometimes I wish a quote could be separated from its owner. On the other hand, I especially love when the meaning of words are enriched because the individual spoke or wrote as a result of circumstances that produced true wisdom, and their conclusions are informed by scripture. A few carefully crafted words can declutter muddled emotion, they can bring clarity to complex truths, or can inspire endurance in my own journey. Or they can simply inspire deeper thought regarding creativity, daily activity, acceptance, appreciation, and the like.

A few recent quotes that have come across my desk or screen~

"A man must not be surprised if he is in for a rough time. God is forcing him on, or up, to a higher level: putting him in situations where he will have to be very much braver or more patient or more loving than he ever dreamed of being before. It seems to us all unnecessary: but that is because we have not yet had the slightest notion of the tremendous thing He means to make of us." 
C.S. Lewis

"You can display beauty apart form vanity, 
Influence apart from manipulation, 
Style apart from materialism, 
Kindness apart from passivity,
Strength apart from rivalry, and
 Dignity without degradation."
modified, Darling magazine

 "Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big. Because to them all of it has been the big stuff." 

“Only God is capable of telling us what our rights and needs are. You have to surrender that right to Him.” 
Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni: An Unforgettable Story

(Pictures from an afternoon at the Botanic Gardens with Michael and Olivia)


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