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"I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all" Quote Laura Ingalls Wilder“Human knowledge is never contained in one person.  It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.” ~ Paul Kalanithi

“The trouble with organizing a thing is that pretty soon folks get to paying more attention to the organization than to what they’re organized for.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

“We need never be ashamed of our tears.” ~ Charles Dickens

“Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation.” ~ Ann Voskamp

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” ~ J.K. Rowling

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” — Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh)

“Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us – and those around us – more effectively.  Look for the learning.” ~ Louisa May Alcott

“Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted.” ~ Christine Caine

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"I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains." Anne Frank quote“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off.  You sit still and trust the engineer.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

“…food is not simply organic fuel to keep body and soul together, it is a perishable art that must be savoured at the peak of perfection.” ~ Bucchianeri

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly site harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.  We are like eggs at present.  And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg.  We must be hatched or go bad.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time.” ~ Leonard Bernstein

“Competitions are for horses, not artists.” ~ Béla Bartók

“Choose a suitable time for recollection and frequently consider the loving kindness of God.” ~ Thomas a Kempis

“Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, ‘Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews.  For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish.  And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?'” ~ Esther 4:13-16

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_Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen._ ~ Winston Churchill“If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African Proverb

“You should always be learning.  If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong place.” ~ Erika Bearman

“To be a witness does not consist of engaging in propaganda, or even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery.  It means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist.” ~ Cardinal Emmanuel Suhard

“She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines.  She was beautiful, for the way she thought.  She was beautiful for that sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved.  She was beautiful for her ability to make other people smile even if she was sad.  No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks.  She was beautiful, deep down to her soul. ” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”  ~ W. H. Murray in The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951

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"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." Abraham Lincoln Quotes 5-6-16 | Misselainious blogSince it’s Mother’s Day this weekend all these quotes will be inspired by that and the topic of nurturing.  Hey maybe you can steal one for that card you’re going to write to a mother or mother figure in your life. 😉

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“What people aren’t craving is perfection, or shockingly high standards.  People aren’t longing to be impressed.  They are longing to feel like they’re home.” ~ Shauna Niequist

“The greatest heroes in life are those that never give up on someone.  They stick it out and make it work. They sacrifice things in their life, in order to help others grow.  They give up what they want because someone needs it more.  They work hard and overcome adversity.  They fail for a moment, but get back up on their feet to show others they don’t have to stay down.  They show their loved ones that love is not “proved” by conformity.  They teach others that having a voice is a sign of courage, and they will not stay silent to make people feel comfortable.  They are fearless and will do whatever it takes to bring about the greatness in the ones they love because doing so brings them peace.  Their name is—MOM.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

“Was it the act of giving birth that made you a mother?  Did you lose that label when you relinquished your child? If people were measured by their deeds, on the one hand, I had a woman who had chosen to give me up; on the other, I had a woman who’d sat up with me at night when I was sick as a child, who’d cried with me over boyfriends, who’d clapped fiercely at my law school graduation.  Which acts made you more of a mother?  Both, I realized.  Being a parent wasn’t just about bearing a child.  It was about bearing witness to its life.” ~ Jodi Picoult

“I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love & duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting & challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.” ~ Rose Kennedy

“How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe?  How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone?  No.  A woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.  I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

“It takes a little bit of mindfulness and a little bit of attention to others to be a good listener, which helps cultivate emotional nurturing and engagement.” ~ Deepak Chopra

“I love being nurturing and caring because I love to see other people happy.” ~ Jennifer Hudson

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.  It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows.  The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” ~ Audrey Hepburn

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"Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?" ~ A.A. Milne | Quotes 4-22-16 Misselainious blogHope you’re all enjoying this spring weather! Here are some quotes to help you pause and reflect.  Feel free to pass them on and encourage someone else today! 🙂

“In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets… Hence true Friendship is the least jealous of loves.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us – and those around us – more effectively. Look for the learning.” ~ Louisa May Alcott

“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?” ~ A.A. Milne

“We live in a world of wants ads.  Some of them are printed on pages; many more are unspoken.  Wanted: A woman who is a perfect friend, mom, wife, coworker, housekeeper, cook, driver, thinker, encourager, and more.  Messy, real, in-progress people need not apply.  God has a very different idea in mind.  Wanted: A woman who is imperfect, in need of grace, gloriously gifted, flawed, and beautiful and who dares to believe she’s loved through it all by a God who has an amazing purpose for her life.  No need to apply.  You’ve already been chosen.”  ~ Holly Gerth

“Lord, let me make a difference for you that is utterly disproportionate to who I am.”  ~ David Brainerd

“Instead of fighting against weakness and trying to escape vulnerability and transparency, we should stand in the middle of it until we see Jesus.  And as a woman of influence, invite others in, as it’s a chance to let others see God through our weakness.” ~Ashley Proffitt

“We won’t be distracted with comparison if we are captivated with purpose.” ~ Bob Goff

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Smile. Breath. Today is a new day. Quote 4-8-16 | Misselainious blogIt’s that time again for quotes! I love quotes so much because it gives us a glimpse into other people’s thoughts.  Quotes can also be very encouraging.  Enjoy and have a great weekend friends!

“Use what talents your possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” Henry Van Dyke

“Wonder interprets life through the eyes of eternity, while enjoying the moment.” ~ Ravi Zacharias

“Grown ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again.” ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery

“Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision.  Visions don’t change, they are only refined.  Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed.  Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.”  ~ John C. Maxwell

“May you refuse to let your emotions dictate your perspective.  You have Jesus.  You have His presence.  And you have His promises!  When what your eyes see is different than what your heart deeply desires, look up and pray, He invites you to walk with Him, talk with Him and involve Him in every detail of your life.  If you’re in the ‘not yet’ season, take time to worship God because He’s God; take time to thank Him too, because He’s been good.  And dare to ask for the impossible, because He’s a wonder-working God.  Your story is not over yet!” ~ Susie Larson

“Rest is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be.  Rest is not stasis but the essence of giving and receiving.  Rest is an act of remembering, imaginatively and intellectually, but also physiologically and physically.  To rest is to become present in a different way than through action, and especially to give up on the will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals.  To rest is to give up on worrying and fretting and the sense that there is something wrong with the world unless we put it right; to rest is to fall back, literally or figuratively from outer targets, not even to a sense of inner accomplishment or an imagined state of attained stillness, but to a different kind of meeting place, a living, breathing state of natural exchange…”  ~ David Whyte

“You have made us for Yourself, and our souls are restless till they find their rest in You.” ~ Augustine

“Relying on God has to begin all over again everyday as if nothing had yet been done.” ~ C.S. Lewis

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Good Friday Quotes

Good Friday Quotes | Misselainious blog“If Christ is God, He cannot sin, and if suffering was a sin in and by itself, He could not have suffered and died for us.  However, since He took the most horrific death to redeem us, He showed us in fact that suffering and pain have great power.” ~ E.A. Bucchianeri

“Our death died at the cross. It did not faint. It died.”~ Conrad Mbewe

“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”  And having said this he breathed his last.  Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, ‘Certainly this man was innocent!'”  ~ Luke 23:44-47

“Christ and His cross are not separable in this life; howbeit Christ and His cross part at heaven’s door, for there is no house-room for crosses in heaven.  One tear, one sigh, one sad heart, one fear, one loss, one thought of trouble cannot find lodging there.”  Samuel Rutherford

“Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission, but chose not to – because of us.  At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of justice.”  Philip Yancey

“If we want proof of God’s love for us, then we must look first at the Cross where God offered up His Son as a sacrifice for our sins.  Calvary is the one objective, absolute, irrefutable proof of God’s love for us.”  Jerry Bridges

“The cross of Christ is first and centrally God’s means of reconciling sinful people to his sinless self.  But it is bigger than that too.  From the ground we see the cross bridge to God.  From the air, the cross is our bridge to the restoration of all things.  The cross of the battered Son of God is the battering ram through the blockade and Eden.  It is our key into a better Eden, into the wonders of the new – covenant kingdom, which the old was just a shadow.  The cross is the linchpin in God’s plan to restore all creation.  Is it any wonder, then, that the empty tomb opened out into a garden?” ~ Matt Chandler

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Quotes 3-18-16 | Misselainious blog“Accustom yourself to look first to the dreadful consequences of failure; then fix your eye on the glorious prize which is before you; and when your strength begins to fail, and your spirits are well nigh exhausted, let the animating view rekindle your resolution, and call forth in renewed vigour the fainting energies of your soul.” William Wilberforce

“Why shouldn’t art be pretty?  There are enough unpleasant things in the world.” Pierre-Auguste Renior

“For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.” J.R.R. Tolkien

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”  Voltaire

“It is astonishing how many difficulties clear up without any effort when the inner life gets straightened out.  If half the time we spend trying to fix up outward things was spent in getting our hearts right, we would be delighted with the result.  Strange as it may seem, harmony within our hearts depends mostly upon our getting into harmony with God.” A.W. Tozer

“I pray that we’ll understand the transforming power that lies in saying no, because it’s an act of faith, a tangible demonstration of the belief that you are so much more than what you do.  I pray that we’ll live with intention, hope, and love in this wild season and in every season, and that the God who loves us will bring new life to our worn-out hearts this year and every year, that we’ll live, truly and deeply, in the present, instead of waiting, waiting, waiting for perfect.” Shauna Niequist

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“If you do things out of duty, it will deplete you. If you do things out of love, it will energize you.” Mother Theresa“The first and most important step in the process of becoming genuine is to be once again authenticated by the original designer.” Erwin Raphael McManus

“If you do things out of duty, it will deplete you. If you do things out of love, it will energize you.” Mother Theresa

“God does not give us everything we want, but he does fulfill his promises.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.” Chinese Proverb

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” Elizabeth Elliot

“To trust God in the light is nothing, but trust him in the dark- that is faith.” Charles H. Spurgeon

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Quotes | Misselainious blog 2-19-16“Entertaining seeks to impress.  Hospitality seeks to bless.”  Jen Wilkin

“Femininity is not just lipstick, stylish hairdos, and trendy clothes.  It is the divine adornment if humanity.  It finds expression in your qualities of your capacity to love, your spiritually, delicacy, radiance, gentleness, dignity, and quiet strength.”  James E Faust

“Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long…we keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  Walt Disney

“Adulthood is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.” (author unknown)

“With this Christian vision of marriage, here’s what it means to fall in love.  It is to look at another person and get a glimpse of what God is creating, and to say, ‘I see who God is making you, and it excites me!  I want to be part of that.  I want to partner with you and God in the journey you are taking to his throne.  And when we get there, I will look at your magnificence and say, ‘I always knew you could be like this.  I got glimpses of it on earth, but now look at you!'”  Timothy Keller

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