Happy New Year!
Thomas and I have talked the past few days how neither of us have come up with any real goals or “resolutions” for 2014 other than the “survive it” goal. We had quite a 2013, one that we will never forget, and some of those good things and bad things follow us, in various ways, as we flip the calendar anew. For 2014, a few big and good events are on the horizon—such as welcoming a third child into the world and Thomas completing his Master’s of Nursing and becoming a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner……..and me finally being able to drive again :o)…..and we will wait until those dates greet us in time by continuing to rely on God and feel loved, blessed, and supported by our friends and family.
Even though there are no resolutions to share, I’ve had a list of poignant (at least to me!) quotations that I’ve been collecting for a bit, and I want to embed these in my spirit for this new year. They all impact me and speak, in some small way, a version of what my soul feels, wants to feel, needs to adhere to, or was designed to emit. So, take a moment and read them, for they may very well resonate with you.
“If we isolate our kids from the world until they are adults they may appear to us to be spiritually minded and strong in character. However, it is how they ultimately engage the world that proves their spiritual resilience. This is because sheltering does not transform the human heart – it merely preserves it, temporarily.” ~Josh Harris
”Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” -Erica Jong
“Every soul has its unique nuances. Each of us is uniquely formed in our mother’s wombs…However, there is one thing we all share – the need to connect. To dine with someone is to connect with that person. The table experience with your spouse, family, friends, and colleagues – and even your enemies – has the potential to begin bonding human hearts in a new way, a deep way that brings spiritual connection, a bonding that life’s circumstances should not break. During meals hurting hearts heal, sad hearts are made glad, depressed hearts get new vision, and divided hearts come to peace.” – Devi Titus
“[T]here’s a difference between guilt and conviction. The guilt is what causes that lump in your throat, where you can’t decide whether to swallow down your apathy or puke it all up in anger. But conviction is that stirring deep inside you, when you acknowledge that guilt-like feeling, and instead of letting it fester, you mold and shape it into something productive. Conviction causes action. Conviction leads to hope.” ~Tsh at simplemom.net
“There will always be people who see everything in the world as a measuring stick of their worthiness, instead of as a burning bush of God’s gloriousness. If your life looks like a mess – to them — they whip out a measuring stick and feel confident of their own worthiness. If your life looks like a monument – to them — they whip out a measuring stick – and start cutting you down for their own empowerment. The world isn’t a forest of measuring sticks. The world is a forest of burning bushes. Everything isn’t a marker to make you feel behind or ahead; everything is a flame to make you see GOD is here. That God is working through this person’s life, that God is redeeming that person’s life, that God is igniting this work, that God is present here in this mess, that God is using even this. Walk through life with a measuring stick – and your eyes get so small you never see God. Pick up a yardstick to measure your life against anyone else’s and you’ve just picked up a stick and beaten up your own soul.” -Ann Voskamp
“And once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in.” -Haruki Murakami
“Lower your expectations for what is humanly possible in one day….If it makes you yell, it’s a No. Every time…If baking cookies and watching your kids sling sprinkles all over the kitchen is going to make you yell today? Then no. Don’t do it. Always choose the relationship with your kids over the activity that makes you scream. Always choose the Simple over the Pinnable.” -Lora Lynn Fanning
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” -Isaiah 32:18-19