Jesus is much more concerned about shaking your foundations, giving you an utterly alternative self image, world image, and God image, and thus reframing your entire reality. Mere inspiration can never do this. – Richard Rohr
Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails of your seafaring soul. If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.
For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing; And let it direct your passion with reason, that your passion may live through its own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.” – Kahlil Gibran
Fear not the path of truth, for the lack of people walking on it. – Robert F. Kennedy
The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. – J.M. Barrie
Flowerworks… Let the beauty within light up the sky.
The wind blows on us all, but it’s how you set your sail that makes the difference.
– Jim Rohn
Sure and steady… the Author of wisdom, peace, and strength.
In every age…
Before the mountains were begotten
and the earth and the world were brought forth,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God. – Psalm 90
Delicacy and dignity are taught by one’s own heart, not by a dancing master.
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The miracle is not to fly in the air or walk on water, but to walk on the earth.
– Chinese Proverb
Encourage love, kindness, truth, and honesty, for and in all.
Not all those who wander are lost… – J.R.R. Tolkien
The journey is the reward. ― Chinese proverb
Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him.
– St. Augustine
Happiness is when what you think, what you say,
and what you do are in harmony. – Gandhi
God’s finger can touch nothing but to mold it into loveliness. – George MacDonald
From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow. – Aeschylus
The indwelling Spirit shall teach what is of God and what is not. This is why sometimes we can conjure up no logical reason for opposing a certain teaching, yet in the very depth of our being arises a resistance. – Watchman Nee
Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the Soul. – Henry Ward Beecher
We are constantly invited to be who we are. – Henry David Thoreau
Sometimes, trust is but a memory away…
Inspiration… always in motion… slowly, gently, rising from the depths of the soul.
Believe God’s love and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your rock is Christ, and it is not the rock that ebbs and flows but the sea.
– Samuel Rutherford
The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. – Thomas More
God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion. In God’s family, there are no outsiders, no enemies. Black and white, rich and poor, gay and straight, Jew and Arab, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Buddhist, Hutu and Tutsi, Pakistani and Indian—all belong. When we start to live as brothers and sisters and to recognize our interdependence, we become fully human. – Desmond Tutu
The mercy and love of God extends to all… not limited by or subject to human judgment.
Let God’s promises shine on your problems. – Corrie ten Boom
Life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. In the depths of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond; and like seeds dreaming beneath the snow, your heart dreams of spring. Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity. – Kahlil Gibran
No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place. – Zen proverb
“Something sacred is at stake in every event.” – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
In what or whom am I placing my trust, and is it intentional?
Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. – Eleanor Roosevelt
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
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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