Often when it seems impossible to take time, it is time to make it…
After the storm… visible once more, the sun. Sometimes seemingly hidden, but truly always there, faithfully.
In what do you clothe yourself?
Let your heart sing.
For what do you thirst?
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” – Corrie Ten Boom
What does God want to bring to birth in or through you today?
As you pass from sunlight into darkness and back again every hour and a half, you become startlingly aware how artificial are thousands of boundaries we’ve created to separate and define. And for the first time in your life you feel in your gut the precious unity of the Earth and all the living things it supports. — Russell Schweikert, Apollo 9
“It is not length of life, but depth of life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Shine like the whole universe is yours. – Rumi
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods. – Lord Byron
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life
is the foundation for all abundance. — Eckhart Tolle
One step at a time…
Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other. – Walter Elliot
Sing a new song…
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end, is to make a beginning. ― T.S. Eliot
Time itself comes in drops. – William James
When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. – Rumi
By perseverance the snail reached the ark. – Charles Spurgeon
God leads every soul by a separate path – St. John of the Cross
Love is a flower, you gotta let it grow. – John Lennon
The only journey is the one within. – Rainer Maria Rilke
Signs are everywhere…
Just before approaching the slumber that lies ahead, the trees prepare to shed their leaves. An array of color, once hidden, shows through. There is often more to life than what may be easily seen and, oftentimes, less is more.
“Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” — Rumi
To truly live is to evolve
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. — Aristotle
The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t. – Henry Ward Beecher
“There are two ways of spreading light:
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
– Edith Wharton
“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
~ Henry David Thoreau
“I am rooted, but I flow.” – Virginia Woolf
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. – Robert Louis Stevenson
“Watch for the people whose eyes light up when you talk about your dream. Those are the people you keep.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. – Col 1:10
“Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end. – Immanuel Kant
Unhappiness can be a bridge to happiness – Japanese Proverb
Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth;
without rain, there would be no life. – John Updike
The straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God. – Antoni Gaudi
When you drink the water, remember the spring. – Chinese proverb
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
– Louisa May Alcott
There is something of value from each experience along the way…
Be patient… “Truth is the daughter of time.” – Ancient proverb
Where you stand is up to you.
No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge. – Kahlil Gibran
Small things can often bring great joy…
On this path let the heart be your guide. – Rumi
Scatter joy..There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes it can be easier to embrace sacred ground when surrounded by nature or in the midst of a spirit-filled celebration. Created in God’s image, sacred ground is anywhere we go.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, rely not on your own understanding;
In all your ways be mindful of the LORD, and the LORD will make straight your paths.
– Proverbs 3:5-6
Remember the marvels the Lord has done. – Psalm 105
In you, my God, I place my trust. – Psalm 91
Flourish… “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
“I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” – Martin Luther
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you are in a hurry, you will never get there. – Chinese proverb
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
the Master calls a butterfly. – Richard Bach
Let light shine out of darkness. – 2 Cor 4:6
Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it. – Chinese proverb
When you have trouble believing, remember that faith is a gift from God but love is a decision. If you can’t believe, decide to love. – Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Photo credit: A.F. Kane
A time for every thing…
Some things are hidden within, requiring us to slow down to catch a glimpse.
More Than Days… ready to be made new.
“When there is silence one finds the anchor of the universe within oneself.” – Lao Tzu
For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you wherever you go.
— Psalm 91:11
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
The above is from the poem “For the Fallen” which was written by the British poet, Laurence Binyon, in 1914, at the beginning of WWI.
Over 100 years later, there are many throughout the world who lose their lives, in one way or another, defending, serving, and protecting others; ultimately in the name of close held values and beliefs.
Today, in the United States of America, Memorial Day is celebrated in gratitude and in honor of them. It is good to give thanks for the lives of others and their service, to remember them, and to reflect on the values and beliefs that we hold.
Faithfulness… In what ways am I faithful? To what and to whom?
The Land of the Living… we share pieces of ourselves wherever we go…
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. – Billy Graham
All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. – Mahatma Gandhi
In what do we take delight?
The only way to genuine freedom is through Truth.
Origin. Remember who you are… remember from where you came…
In a world that keeps urging me to sprint, my soul whispers slow down. Each time I listen, I am amazed… struck by awe and wonder… how blessed we are.
“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.” – Thomas Merton