Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wholesome Self-Image

“If my child learns to obey and to do what is right, and I continue to show him appreciation and encouragement, he will be more likely to have a wholesome self-image than he will if I allow him to do whatever he feels like doing.” ~ William and Candace Backus (Empowering Parents)

Our Faith Requires...

"I am a shepherd who, with his people, has begun to learn a beautiful and difficult truth: our Christian faith requires that we submerge ourselves in this world. The world that the church must serve is the world of the poor, and the poor are the ones who decide what it means for the church to really live in the world." ~ Archbishop Oscar Romero 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Modeling

“Modeling shifts my primary focus as a parent from doing to being. If my children watch me, they will probably become very much like me. This means that my identity is very important.” ~ Jorie Kincaid (The Power of Modeling)

Mystery of Grace

“I do not understand the mystery of grace—only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” ~ Anne Lamott

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Your Child's World

“Take an interest in your child’s world and they may take an interest in yours.” ~ Steve Miller (quoted in Daddy, I Blew Up the Shed by Phil Callaway)

Verbs...

“We mostly spend our lives conjugating three verbs: to Want, to Have and to Do. Craving, clutching, and fussing, on the material, political, social, emotional, intellectual, even on the religious plane, we are kept in perpetual unrest, forgetting that none of these verbs have any ultimate significance, except so far as they are transcended by and included in the fundamental verb, to Be, and that Being, not wanting, having and doing, is the essence of the spiritual life.” ~ Evelyn Underhill

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wait for the Spirit's Power

“Since the days of Pentecost, has the whole church ever put aside every other work and waited upon him for ten days, that the Spirit’s power might be manifested? We give too much attention to method and machinery and resources, and too little to the source of power.” ~ J. Hudson Taylor

Friday, October 17, 2014

Expect the Unexpected

“Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God; not only by unbelief, but by thinking that you know what he can do. Expect unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think.’” ~ Andrew Murray

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Learn to Disagree...

“We’re never going to agree with everyone we come in contact with, but we must learn how to disagree in a way that honors Christ and his body.” ~ Braun

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An Addiction

"As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their "right" place.” ~ Henri Nouwen

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Low Point Lessons

God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.” ~ C. S. Lewis

Monday, October 13, 2014

Prayer Is Not...

Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” ~ Mother Teresa

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Story of Love

When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves—that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience.” ~ N. T. Wright

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Get Your Rest

“Once people feel nourished and refreshed, they cannot help but be kind; just so, the world aches for the generosity of a well-rested people.” ~ Wayne Muller