October 30, 2008

Thursday Thirteen: Words to Live By


I thought I would share this photo that I took with my daughter last autumn. It ended up looking like a fish eye shot and makes me look like a freak, but I love it of her... and I love the quote. I am a collector of thoughts. I have files on my computer stuffed full of quotes and favorite blog post snips by other inspirational homeschoolers. I feed off of the written word.

A word is huge. Words are the basis of our existence and our faith. They shape our reality. How you speak affects your attitude, your will, your belief system, your emotions, and those who listen to you. With just words, the God of the universe spoke creation into existence. With just words, Lincoln inspired the men and women of America to put down their mental chains of hostility after the Civil War. With just words, a weary soul can find comfort and a soldier can find the strength for battle when there is physically none left. Words are dangerous and yet as important as the air we breathe. We should do well to think about our words before we let them loose.

I've never done a Thursday Thirteen before, but I thought I would share with you thirteen of my favorite quotes. I'll take any excuse to share my favorite quotes. They are so inspiring. Even when we may not be living up to an ideal, the soul of man can usually see through to the heart of it and know if it is speaking truth. I hope you'll find some truth in these gems that stick with you long after you've clicked away to the next web page...

The Bible is like a telescope. If a man looks through his telescope, then he sees worlds beyond; but if he looks at his telescope, then he does not see anything but that. The Bible is a thing to be looked through, to see that which is beyond.

~ Phillips Brooks

We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

~ Plato

I have read Plato and Cicero sayings that are very wise and beautiful; but I never read in either of them: 'Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give thee rest.'

~ St. Augustine

We are no more responsible for the evil thoughts that pass through our minds than a scarecrow for the birds which fly over the seedplot he has to guard. The sole responsibility in each case is to prevent them from settling.

~ John Churtom Collins

Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you yourself shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.

~ Phillips Brooks

If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate.

~ Nikka, age 6

Don't be afraid for tomorrow. God is already there.

~ Ethel Löfgren

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.

~ Charles Spurgeon

One of the ways that our faith expresses itself is by our ability to be still, to be present, and not to panic or lose perspective. God still does his best work in the most difficult of circumstances.

~ Tim Hansel

Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.

And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. ...How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.

~ Julius Caesar

If you find God with ease, perhaps it is not God you have found.

~ Thomas Merton

When you come to the end of all the light you know,and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly.

~ Edward Teller

Happy Autumn.

In Him,

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SuperAngel said...

OH MY! That is NOT a nasty picture! I LOVE that picture of your Morgirl! :) like my nickname for the sweetie? :)

Anonymous said...

It's a lovely picture and I agree with your sentiments on words.

Here's mine:

"My heart overflows with a good theme...my tongue is the pen of a ready writer." Psalm 45:1

I have this posted at my computer - to see while I blog, tweet or communicate to the world. So I am ever mindful that what I say should reflect my heart - and my heart belongs to Him; so love should abound.

Jacque Dixon said...

I have always LOVED your quotes. As a matter of fact, I would say that I learned the value of quotes and several that I really, really like from YOU.

I also think that is a really neat-o picture of you and Morgan. It is funny that some of me favorite pictures are not very good of me, but they show a wonderful side of our children.

Love you and thank you for the great quotes!

Anonymous said...

I don't think I've ever commented here before (or maybe I have--my memory left me with the arrival of my second child), but I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy your blog and check it every day. I'm planning to homeschool my four year old next year for K, and I really find inspiration here. Thanks for keeping it real.

If you would like a really encouraging and uplifting read for parenting, check out the book Devotions for Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas. If you'd like, you can read my review of his book on my blog.

I love inspiring quotations, too!

I wish you God's best for this parenting and your forays into uncharted waters (curriculum-wise) in your homeschooling!

Sprittibee said...

Superangel - ;) I'll tell her you called her a sweetie. She's going to be thrilled.

tknoppe - What an awesome verse! Thanks! I'll add that one to my quote collection for sure!

Jacque - Yeah, that's why I usually stay behind the camera instead of letting myself ruin the photos!

Amy - HI! (((waving))) I love it when people delurk and talk to me. There are times when I don't comment back on the comments I get, but I always treasure each one. You inspired me to take time out to comment tonight. Thanks for the book idea and I appreciate your well wishes. May you have success and blessings on your first homeschool year!

Kelli said...

I think the picture is nice of both of you. Wonderful quotes!!

Anonymous said...

What a great picture. Have a great weekend!

Take care,



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