Friday, December 24

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer's ear;
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.
~John Newton

Saturday, December 11

"If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything."

Win Borden
"Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear
three kinds --- all they have had, all they have now, and all
they expect to have."
Edward Everett Hale

Thursday, December 9

“Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart."

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving, & into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him & bless His name." Psalm 100:4

"It is by loving and not by being loved that one can come nearest to the soul of another."  

George MacDonald

"God only knows where we'd be without soldiers and Jesus..."

‎"What we anticipate seldom occurs. What we least expected usually happens." Benjamin Disraeli

"Never let your memories be greater than your dreams." Doug Ivester

‎"Love what you do. Believe in your instincts. And you’d better be able to pick yourself up and brush yourself off every day." Mario Andretti

"If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page." Mark Houlaha

‎"I have faith that God will show you the answer. But you have to understand that sometimes it takes a while to be able to recognize what God wants you to do. That's how it often is. God's voice is usually nothing more than a whisper, and you have to listen very carefully to hear it. But other times, in those rarest of ...moments, the answer is obvious and rings as loud as a church bell." Nicholas Sparks

"People want pretty much the same things: They want to be happy. Most young people seem to think that those things lay somewhere in the future, while most older people believe they lay in the past." Nicholas Sparks

‎"When you're struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it may be just as hard as what you're going through." Nicholas Sparks

"Be strong in the Lord & never give up hope."

"Don't allow the things you want, make you forget the things you have."

‎"Some of the greatest treasures of your life are buried the deepest." K. Shook

"Life is a balance between holding on and letting go."

‎"Cherish each hour of this day for it can never return." Og Mandino

"Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born." - Dale Turner

"The way we choose to see limits who we can be."

"Learn to be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not." -Henri Frederic Amiel

"I release all feelings of worry and guilt. Throughout life, the two most futile emotions are guilt for what has been done and worry about what might be done." - Dr. Wayne Dyer

"It is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than to complain about what is not given. One or the other becomes a habit of life." - Elisabeth Elliot

‎"You can't control the outer circumstances of your life but you can control how you react to them."

‎"Every day, it's important to ask and answer these questions: 'What's good in my life?' and 'What needs to be done?'"- Nathaniel Branden

‎"No one else can do it for you. Only you can make it happen. You're the only one that has to live your life." - Nikita Koloff

Life starts at the end of your comfort zone. - Neale Donald Walsch

"Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope."

"Nothing is ever easy".

‎"What we say about our heart and motives means very little unless what we do and how we act agree with what was said."

"As I'm leaving, A change comes on my eyes, These streets persuading me, With mumbled strange goodbyes..."

‎"Don't long for the past or put off your life until the future. The time to live is now". -Ralph Marston

"Stop seeking to classify and to judge every moment, and you'll start seeing each moment's unique treasure. Let life come to you with whatever it brings, and you'll find it bringing more value than you could ever desire."-Ralph Marston

"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world." -C.S. Lewis

“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives” -A. Robbins

“You are now at a crossroads. This is your opportunity to make the most important decision you will ever make. Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don't think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully." 

-A. Robbins

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” - R.W. Emerson ♥

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense." R.W. Emerson

‎"At the end of the day, it comes down to this. The way we choose to see ourselves, it limits who we can be. Step outside the box, and you might learn something. Because we are more capable then we imagine. Because we all have it in us to do things we've never done before. Because sometimes we can surprise even ourselves."

When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect. ~Adlai Stevenson

“The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.” -Ralph Marston

"So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act." -Dr. Seuss

‎"It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about." – Dale Carnegie ♥

‎"Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind." :)

"To change your life, you need to change your priorities." -John C. Maxwell

Wednesday, December 8

"Open your heart - open it wide; someone is standing outside." Mary Engelbreit
Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight.  Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward.  Your life will never be the same again.  ~Og Mandino
Sometimes someone says something really small, and it just fits right into this empty place in your heart. 
"Our thoughts and words are like the rudder of a ship—they may seem small, but they affect the very direction of our lives."
Love someone who doesn't deserve it.
The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  ~John E. Southard

“Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.”

 Will Rogers 
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. 
Will Rogers
It’s true we don’t know what we’ve got until its gone, but we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.
All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot.
Dr. Seuss
"People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master..."

— Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
Treat people better than they deserve to be treated.
"Don't wait for people to be friendly, show them how."
Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day. ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.”

 Anatole France
Another Sunrise, Another New Beginning
- jonathan lockwood huie
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

Mary Anne Radmacher: As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”

 Brian Tracy
"And as it unfolds, as it all unwinds, Remember your soul is the one thing you can't compromise."
David Gray
"With everything ahead of us
We left everything behind
But nothing that we needed
At least not at this time
And now the feeling that I'm feeling
Well it's feeling like my life is finally mine
With nothing to go back to we just continue to drive."

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” 

Walt Disney

"But girl don't let your dreams be dreams
You know this livings not so hard as it seems" JJ
"Love from the center of who you are..."
Romans 12:9
"Its all for the sake of arriving with you." JJ

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

- George Santayana
"Let's not get ahead of ourselves now
There's no need for rain
Its our own parade
Let's not be afraid of our reflections
Its not only you
You're looking at now."
"Love is the answer at least for most of the questions in my heart."
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Isaiah 41:10
"Sometimes we forget who we got,
Who they are.
Oh, who they are not.
There is so much more in love,
Than black and white."
Amos Lee
It matters enormously if I alienate anyone from the truth.
C.S. Lewis

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

 James Matthew Barrie
"True friendship is felt, not said." 
Mariecris Madayag
God is bigger.  Pslam 91
"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." Romans 12:18

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” Mary Anne Radmacher

Trust God with your dreams.
"Love one another and you will be happy. It's as simple and as difficult as that." Michael Leunig
"And think not you can guide the course of love. For love, if it finds you worthy, shall guide your course."

Khalil Gibran
Better to fail spectacularly than do something mediocre
Randy Pausch

"What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we've been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you'll have it all—life healed and whole." 

1 Peter 1:3-5 


"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour." 
William Blake

“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.”

 Wayne Dyer

“The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life.” Hugh Walpole

 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 

Philippians 4:8
"We fear both the best and the worst in life." J. L. Huie
"No matter how dark the moment, Love and Hope are always possible." George Chakiris
"He who knows others is wise, he who knows himself is enlightened."- Lao Tzu

Tuesday, December 7

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.  ~From the movie Annie
"To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness." Robert Brault 
Trouble is part of your life, and if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you enough chance to love you enough.  ~Dinah Shore

Today, be 'all there'. "Basically, what we need is a hand that rests on our own, that wishes it well, that sometimes guides us." ~Hector Bianciotti ♥

There's one sad truth in life I've found
While journeying east and west -
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox