Life is God’s novel.  Let Him write it.

~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

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If an old horn can amplify music, then perhaps our flawed lives can magnify the goodness of God.  We’re the megaphone; the music and the power come from Him.

~ David McCasland

Grace

Grace is everything Jesus. Grace lives because He does, works because He works, and matters because He matters. To be saved by grace is to be saved by Him, not by an idea, rule, or church membership, but by Jesus himself, who will sweep into Heaven anyone who so much as gives Him the nod. Not, mind you, in response to a finger snap, religious chant, or secret handshake. Grace won’t be stage-managed. It’s like Jesus himself: uncontainable, untamable.
Like a wild, whitewater kayak ride that is thrilling and scary and joyful. Grace isn’t merely an app to be acquired. It’s an adventure to be lived.
~ Max Lucado (One God, One Plan, One Life)

Do Not Be Anxious…

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-9‬ NIV)

A Little Garden and a Vast Sky

A little garden in which to walk, and immensity in which to dream. At one’s feet that which can be cultivated and plucked; over head that which one can study and meditate upon: some flowers on earth, and all the stars in the sky.
~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

The most beautiful of altars…

The most beautiful of altars is the soul of an unhappy creature consoled and thanking God.
~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

What Do You Fear?

Let us never fear robbers nor murderers. Those are dangers from without, petty dangers. Let us fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices are the real murderers. The great dangers lie within ourselves. What matters it what threatens our head or our purse! Let us think only of that which threatens our soul.
~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

You don’t get to make up most of your story. You get to make peace with it.
You don’t get to demand your life, like a given. You get to accept your life, like a gift.
~ Ann Voskamp

to fix its gaze upon a Star…

… to transform the grief which gazes upon a grave by showing him the grief which fixes it’s gaze upon a star.
~ Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Wise Words from Thorin

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.

Thorin of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping…

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together. For the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
~ Khalil Gibran

Grace

Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return. Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you. Grace is being loved when you are unlovable.

~ Paul Zahl

Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond – E.E.Cummings

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond

any experience,your eyes have their silence:

in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,

or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me

though i have closed myself as fingers,

you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens

(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and

my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,

as when the heart of this flower imagines

the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals

the power of your intense fragility:whose texture

compels me with the color of its countries,

rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes

and opens;only something in me understands

the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)

nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

Words that Tugged at My Heartstrings

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“It’s just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.” ~ Bill

“… We accept the love we think we deserve.” ~ Bill

“Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it’s no excuse.” ~ Charlie’s Dad

“I just think it’s bad when a boy looks at a girl & thinks that the way he sees the girl is better than the girl actually is.”  ~ Charlie

“I don’t know if it’s better to be close w/ your daughter or make sure that she has a better life than you do.” ~ Charlie

“I feel great! I really mean it. I have to remember this for the next time I’m having a terrible week.”  ~ Charlie

“She really did look sad, and I wished I could have made her feel better, but sometimes, I guess you just can’t.” ~ Charlie (on Sam)

“But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.”  ~ Charlie

“every person has to live for his or her own life and then make the choice to share it with other people. Maybe that is what makes people ‘participate.’” ~ Charlie

“Because I guess we all forget sometimes. And I think everyone is special in their own way.” ~ Charlie

“She wasn’t bitter. She was sad, though. But it was a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time.” ~ Charlie (on Sam)

“You can’t just sit there & put everybody’s lives ahead of yours & think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things.” ~ Sam (talking to Charlie)

“I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” ~ Charlie

“And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.” ~ Charlie

“Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there… Because it’s okay to feel things. And be who you are about them.” ~ Charlie

“Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough.” ~ Charlie