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Inspirational Quotes

I’ve been nominated by Jennifer Nicole Wells to participate in The Quotes Challenge. Thanks so much. I do love quotes and as I see Jennifer does too. Jennifer’s quotes were all about LOVE, I’ll take a more generic approach and just pick a few I love.

Here are the rules:

  • Post 3 of your favorite quotes each per day for 3 recurrent days. The quotes can be of any other people or it may come straight from your own heart. [due to time constraints I’ll be posting all in one post and I’ve thrown in an extra]
  • Nominate 3 bloggers with each post to challenge them.
  • Don’t forget to utter a thankful word to the person who nominated you.

This is the theme of this blog and my favorite quote. It came to life in me December 23, 2010. This is when I learned the depths of truth in these words.

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Here’s just a few of my favorite quotes. For more check out the inspirational quotes category or the Inspirational Images Gallery page for more.

I’d like to encourage the following people to take up this quotes challenge and encourage the rest of us with their favorite quotes:

My Success is Your Success

Prayers and Promises

Family Love Does More

Jake Sprinter’s Inspirational Quotes

Self Reflection

Advocatemmmohan Aksharaalu

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A Prayer for Humility

Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee

The less I pray, the harder things get,
Trials and troubles, always beset.
The more I pray, the better things are,
I need wisdom that comes from afar.

His best answers come at His own pace,
We must be patient, and wait for His grace.
He alone knows what for us is best,
Sometimes He’ll say “No” to our request.

Delayed answers are trials of faith,
Honor Him, with your every breath.
Confidence in Him should be steadfast,
Our faith should be strong, one that will last.

To be humble means we can’t go alone,
We need His help, lest we stumble and groan.
Your faith is renewed when you pray,
So go to Him oft’ thru’ ev’ry day.

Much words without heart; this God does hate,
Few words from the heart; will ne’er frustrate.
When you pray, you grasp God’s willingness,
Prayer from the heart; He’ll always bless!

God makes many promises; all so great,
All null and void, ‘less we grab them in faith.
They can come to life for me and you,
By trust, faith and prayer; always true.

~ ~   Connie Kramer   ~ ~ 

 

Choices that help us persevere

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Rudyard Kipling ~  from If: A father’s advice to his son

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it”

Photo: Acadia National Park, Maine

Inner Transformation

From Becoming Myself by Staci Eldredge

P1030600-001True transformation cannot be forced from the outside. It’s an inside-out process. Who of us has not received or created a list of ways to live, eat, exercise, respond, seek God, grow, and change—and how long did it last, if it worked at all? Those lists don’t work very long for anyone, and so we fall back into self-contempt. The problem does not lie with our lack of discipline. The problem is in the approach. The problem lies with the lists…

 

star liquifyA list of laws, rules, tips, techniques, and strategies does not a transformed heart make. No wonder 95 percent of all people who lose weight are unable to keep it off. Diet programs work. If you work the program. But they work from the outside in, and without substantive internal change, it’s impossible to hold the ground of a lower BMI. Yes, we all have areas in our lives we want and need to change, but the only way that is going to happen is when we have a change of heart.

 

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Possibilities

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Peace by the River

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Photo taken at Lewis Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Healing Hearts

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The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul. (Psalm 23:1-3).

He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed;
save me and I will be saved,
for you are the one I praise. (Jeremiah 17:14)

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing
in its wings. (Malachi 4:2)

He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those
who needed healing. (Luke 9:11)

For some reason this has been lost in the recent offerings of the church.
Perhaps it has been our pride, which has kept us from admitting that we are
broken. Lord knows I’ve done that for years – probably am still doing it now.
Perhaps it is our fear of getting our hopes up; it seems too good to be true.
Perhaps it’s been the church’s almost total focus on sin and the cross. But the
Scripture is abundant and clear: Christ came not only to pardon us, but to heal
us. He wants the glory restored. So, put the book down for just a moment, and
let this sink in: Jesus can, and wants, to heal your heart. What does that
rouse in you?

John Eldredge ~ Waking the Dead

Photo taken at Shakamak State Park, Indiana