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QUIPS & QUOTES

Doug Larson says, “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”

Like it or Not, Spring Has (finally) Sprung…

And, depending on whom you ask, it’s a delightful time of crocuses and daffodils when “April has put a spirit of youth in everything,” (William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCVIII)

or “April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land. Mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain…” (T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land, pub. 1922).

In either case, April is a month that is memorable for a lot of different events, for better or worse:

Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon sighted Florida and claimed it for the Crown – April 2, 1513

Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, TN, on

April 4, 1968

The Civil War effectively ended when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865

President Abraham Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865

The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912

Paul Revere took his famous midnight ride to warn the American rebels that the British were coming on April 18, 1775

George Washington was sworn in as the first U.S. President on April 30, 1789

~ SS

 

 

 

 

Are You Fluent in Kindness?

Are You Fluent in Kindness?

The Greek word for kindness has its origin in the smaller word, chre, “to lend.” It’s not hard to see how the idea of kindness evolved from the act of lending. In today’s hustle and bustle, division and divisiveness, it is easy to move through the day disconnected from our capacity to be kind. I am happy to be reminded of the forthcoming quotes.  However, much to my chagrin, I do not always practice the principle of kindness.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Mark Twain

 

“Kindness is a grace that all can understand.” J.C. Ryle

Kindness is the universal language that is comprehended beyond any boundaries. Each and every individual understands and speaks this language. An act of kindness never goes futile. If we are kind to someone, it will be reflected in our behavior. Being kind to others makes this world a better place to live.

A need, giving, and kindness are linked together intimately in the Holy Bible.

John 3:16 states:  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  

God saw our need and gave us His Son as the remedy. God’s Son is actually referred to as “the kindness of God.” Jesus appearing on earth was not only evidence of kindness, He was kindness itself; He was kindness incarnate.

God sent kindness Himself to earth to save us. In a day when it appears there is little kindness on earth, it is good to remember that God’s love was demonstrated by kindness. Let us think of ways we can be kindness to someone in need today!

 You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.                                                                             ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Welcoming in the New Year

Quips & Quotes

Welcoming in the New Year…

Ralph Waldo EmersonWrite it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

 

Martin Luther:                        Glory to God in highest heaven

                                                Who unto man his Son hath given;

                                                While angels sing with tender mirth,

                                                A glad new year to all on earth.

 

Peggy Toney HortonAs the old year retires and a new one is born, we commit into the hands of our Creator the happenings of the past year and ask for direction and guidance in the new one.  May He grant us His grace, His tranquility, and his wisdom!

 

The Apostle PaulBe joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  (I Thes. 5:16-18)

Quips & Quotes

Pumpkin Patches ~ Apple Cider ~ Falling Leaves ~ Cornstalks ~ Autumn ~

Football ~ Hoodies ~ Cuddling ~ Bonfires ~ Sweaters ~ Hot Cocoa ~

Crunchy Walks in the Woods ~

“Come little leaves,” said the Wind one day,

“Come to the meadows with me and play.

“Put on your dresses of red and gold,

“For summer is past and the days grow cold.”

By George Cooper

 

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.

Jim Bishop

Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.    theinspiredroom.net

 

Here’s a little poem my son wrote in Kindergarten.  I submitted it to Highlights for Children magazine, and they published it.  I think it captures the essence of settling in on a fall evening.

EVENING

By Jonathan Sheppard, Age 5

Evening is the time when the sun sets.

Evening is when fathers come home.

Evening is the time

When children come inside

And the family is all snugly home.

 

Quips & Quotes

QUIPS & QUOTES

 

School Days . . . Comin’ Up!!!

Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day.  It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.

                                                                        ~ Bill Dodds

 

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

                                                                        ~ Sydney J. Harris

 

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

                                                                        ~  Attributed to Benjamin Franklin

 

As long as there are tests, there will be prayers in schools.

                                                                        ~ Author unknown

 

The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

                                                                        ~ Alvin Toffler

 

A Tribute to My Father + Quotes

Quips & Quotes for JUNE:

 

BUT FIRST:  A Father’s Day tribute to my father, Martin Anderson, now in Heaven, who also would have celebrated a birthday in June:

*How blessed I was to have a father who read the Bible and prayed with us each evening at the dinner table. 

*How blessed I was to have a wise dad who taught me one of his favorite (and most valued quotes) from the book of Proverbs:  “Even a fool, when he holdeth his tongue, is counted wise.” 

*How blessed I was to have a dad who taught me how to shake hands:  “Give a firm grip,” he urged.  “None of these limp fish handshakes.” 

*How blessed I was to have a father who protected me in a family of rowdy boys because he thought girls were fragile (which I didn’t like at the time). 

*How blessed I was to have a dad who came to visit me at the hospital in the next town each of the 40 nights I hung between life and death with whooping cough and pneumonia at age four.   And it was Dad who carried me in his arms to my doctor’s appointments each month because I had a heart murmur and rheumatic fever at age ten.  (No wonder he thought girls were fragile.)

Thanks a million, Dad  ~ Sharon Sheppard

 

No price is the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer.

                              James Russell Lowell

 

If June could talk, it would probably boast that it invented romance.

                              Bern Williams

 

It is the month of June, the month of leaves and roses,

When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the roses.

                              Nathaniel Parker Willis

 

How did it get so late so soon?  It’s night before it’s afternoon.  December is here before it’s June.  My goodness, how the time has flewn!  

                              Dr. Seuss

 

 

We in the Midwest…

 

Quips and Quotes . . .

Speaking of transitions . . .

Those of us who live in the Midwest do not take changing of a new season lightly. We really spring into “spring!”  Though it is only March 30th as I write this blog post for April, my deck chairs have been washed and ready. I wait for the pansies that are shivering in the cold to bloom and show off the beauty and hope of new life.  Change is good! Our hearts are stirred to look ahead.

These quotes from others are good reminders:

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of those talents left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.”                 ~ Erma Bombeck

 

If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude. ~ Amy Tan

 

Try not to be a man of success, but rather become a person of value.

 ~ Albert Einstein

Spring is the time of plans and projects.    ~ Leo Tolstoy

 

Spring is God’s way of saying, “One more time!”  ~ Robert Orben

 

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

                                                                      ~ C. S. Lewis

REMEMBER . . .Change is inevitable—except from a vending machine.                                          ~ Robert C. Gallagher

 

 

The Cross of Christ Reveals

 

Quips & Quotes

The cross of Christ reveals man’s sin at its worst and God’s love at its best.

My peace I give to you, a peace which brings an unconstrained confidence and covers you completely, from the top of your head to the soles of your feet, “your life is hidden with Christ in God” and the peace of Jesus Christ that cannot be disturbed has been imparted to you. (John 14:27)

 

Quote From Eleanor Roosevelt

Yesterday is History

Tomorrow is a Mystery

Today is a GIFT                                ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

The Bible study I have the privilege to facilitate this January will be an introspective look at what it means to live in the day. Living in The Day does not come easily in our fast-paced performing, producing, and power-hungering world. But TODAY is a one-time offer. May we be open the GIFT of TODAY and use it well & wisely.

Psalm 118:24 says it this way; “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

~ Mary Z.

Quips & Quotes

QUIPS & QUOTES:

In November our hearts turn toward the Thanksgiving holiday and the practice of being thankful. That is a wonderful thing! This quote speaks to how an experience of thanksgiving can happen every day.

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.           ~ Denis Waitley

~ MZ