~~~~~~~~~ "We are here for only a moment, wanderers and sojourners in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace." I Chron. 29:15 NLT


SIMPLIFY The grand and the simple. They are equally wonderful. We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we are.” ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley~  (Thanks to Rebecca at Life & Godliness blog for this quote)

"Sometimes we confuse what we do with what we are."  
~Sue Bender, Plain and Simple Wisdom   


by Maya Angelou "A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ 
that a man should have to seek Him first to find her." 

When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not shouting "I'm clean livin'" 
I'm whispering "I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven." 
When I say... "I am a Christian" I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide. 
When I say.. "I am a Christian" I'm not trying to be strong. 
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on. 
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess. 
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not claiming to be perfect, 
My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am worth it. 
When I say... "I am a Christian" I still feel the sting of pain.. 
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name. 
When I say... "I am a Christian" I'm not holier than thou, 
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow! 

The love of field and coppice,  

Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins,Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.~ Dorothea Mackellar 1904

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, 
In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, 
At all the times you can, To all the people you can, 
As long as ever you can.”  ~ John Wesley 

"Stories don't always end where their authors intended.  But there is joy in following them, wherever they take us." ~Beatrix Potter 

"A gentle and quiet spirit is not only imperishable; it is precious in the sight of God. It's also one of the hardest qualities to cultivate. Far from a sign of weakness, a gentle and quiet spirit is the sign of a woman who is strong in faith, mind and character." --Anna Sofia & Elizabeth Botkin

I Peter 3:3a, 4 "Do not let your adornment be merely outward--rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God."

"Sorrow looks down. Worry looks around. Faith looks up." -Unknown.

From the day we arrive on the planet and blinking, step into the sun, there's more to be seen than can ever be seen, more to do than can ever be done. There's far too much to take in here, more to find than can ever be found ~ The Lion King

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who do not." - Thomas Jefferson

'A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have.' - Thomas Jefferson


"Gratitude.... makes sense of our past... brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie 

I am having an out of money experience. ~Author Unknown

We live by the Golden Rule. Those who have the gold make the rules. ~Buzzie Bavasi

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.    ~Norman Vincent Peale 

Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot.  In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.   ~Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism, 1891 

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.  ~Desiderius Erasmus quotes (Dutch Priest, Humanist and Editor of the New Testament, 1469-1536)

Music is the universal language of mankind.   ~Longfellow--Outre-Mer

"When they went to bed, only their bodies rested;  their minds went on thinking, deciding, wondering..."   ~Katherine Mansfield  (Taken from 100 Years oWomen's Wisdom  by Angela Beasley Freeman)

A little criticism makes me angry, and a little rejection makes me depressed.  A little praise raises my spirits, and a little success excites me.  It takes very little to raise me up or thrust me down.  Often I am like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves.  All the time and energy I spend in keeping some kind of balance and preventing myself from being tipped over and drowning shows my life is mostly a struggle for survival:  not a holy struggle, but an anxious struggle resulting from the mistaken idea that it is the world that defines me.  
~Henri J. Nouwen in The Return of the Prodigal Son

If you don't know what you're doing, pray to the Father.  He loves to help.  You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it.  Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought.  People who 'worry their prayers' are like wind-whipped waves.  Don't think you're going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open.  James 1:6-8

Writing is the most portable form of creativity, sometimes a vocation and
sometimes an avocation.  ~Mary Catherine Bateson from Composing a Life

"Everybody has an altar. And every altar has a throne. So how do you know where and what you worship? It’s easy. You simply follow the trail of your time, your affection, your energy, your money, and your loyalty. At the end of that trail you’ll find a throne; and whatever, or whomever, is on that throne is what’s of highest value to you. On that throne is what you worship."---Louie Giglio

No matter what a man's past has been, his future is spotless. --Unknown

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