Oh my goodness friends, the notes in my phone are OUT OF CONTROL!!
If I read an article, book, or even an Instagram caption that speaks to me I will write it down in a note. I typically pull from these quotes or thoughts to write my blog posts or post my own captions on Instagram.
Today I had this thought that I want to post things as they come to me instead of having them planned out in advance, or instead of seeking that perfect photo to snap to go along with the words I have in mind to share. It’s an effort to be more present; to share what’s currently rumbling through my heart and head.
So this is where I’ve chosen to dump all the little tidbits I’ve previously gathered.
Get ready to read. Are you set? GO!
“When you overparent, you weaken your child’s self-image, suffocating them so that they come to believe they can’t do anything without your help.”
What’s your beef nights : A time where you ask your child to tell you anything you have done or said to embarrass, disappoint, or hurt them. The key is to not defend or explain your words or actions but to sincerely say that you are sorry and ask forgiveness.
Since no two children are quite alike, no two can be parented in quite the same way.
A parent’s work may seem unglamorous, mundane, even monotonous. Keep at it!
While making lunches pray Mathew 4:4 that they not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Washing/putting away clothing – Colossians 3:12 clothe them with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Are we glamorizing the idea of ‘just surviving’ parenthood?
Keep honor high and anger low.
TRAIN [as in train a child up in the way he should go]
“Each day is like a stroke of paint on a canvas. In isolation, it cannot be judged. No matter what the color or design. Only the perception of time allows a person to see what it is; the painting they have become. What may have seemed like the worst brush strokes may later seem essential to the whole.” Someone’s dad off Instagram
“People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable.
Be honest and transparent anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People who really want help may attack you if you help them.
Help them anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt.
Give the world your best anyway.
The world is full of conflict.
Choose peace of mind anyway.”
According to the Book of Isaiah, God has graciously extended the following benefits to His children :
1. To know God and believe Him
2. To glorify God
3. To find satisfaction in God
4. To experience God’s peace
5. To enjoy God’s presence
“Sin steals our joy. Temporarily, sin may bring a sense of pleasure and happiness. However, sin eventually leads to distress, depression, and despair. David knew the effects of sin. He vividly described them in another psalm : “When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer” (Psalm 32:3-4). There is no joy in a sinful and unrepentant life.” Hongyi Yang
“Feeling and facing the pain is where you grow.”
“What kind of future are we creating if we are stuck in the wounds of our past?”
“A caterpillar is awesome, but if a caterpillar stopped there – if she just decided that good is good enough – we would all miss out on the beautiful creature she would become.
You are more than you have become.” Rachel Hollis
“Jealousy is simply and clearly the fear that you do not have value. Jealousy scans for evidence to prove the point — that others will be preferred and rewarded more than you. There is only one alternative — self-value.” Jennifer James
“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?” Frank Scully
“Without grace, I am nothing but a dry tree, a barren stock fit only for destruction.” Thomas A. Kempis
“God cultivateth thee, that thou mayest be fruitful; and thou worshippest God, that thou mayest be fruitful. It is good for thee that God cultivateth thee; it is good for thee that thou worshippest God. If God the cultivator depart from man, man is abandoned; if man the worshipper depart from God, it is the man himself who is abandoned. God neither increaseth by thy approach to Him, nor decreaseth by thy withdrawal. He then will be our possession that He may find us; we shall be His possession, that He May rule us.” St. Augustine of Hippo
“We all need to undertake some form of self-discipline, some external rules, which will help us to live, not just according to the way we feel, but according to the way we know we ought to live.”
“Just carry on, don’t try to estimate whether things are improving or not. We are the worst possible judges about that ourselves. There is often a temptation to pull up the plant and see how it is getting on. But roots grow in the dark and unseen and unknown and when they are strong the flower blossoms and the fruit comes into being.” Raymond Raynes
“If we put ourselves in His presence even without doing anything else, He’ll have an effect on us. Sit in the sun for an hour and you will have the beginning of a tan (or perhaps a sunburn). You did not have to do anything to get a tan. You simply had to expose yourself to the sun.”
“I bind unto myself today
The power of God to hold and lead,
His eye to watch, His might to stay,
His ear to hearten to my need.
The wisdom of my God to teach,
His hand to guide, His shield to ward;
The word of God to give me speech,
His heavenly host to be my guard.”
Saint Patrick’s breastplate
“Temper gets you into trouble. Pride is what keeps you there.” Unknown
“Anger is an expensive emotion.”
“When you take care of your soul, your entire life takes flight and soars.” Unknown
“To be authentic literally means to be your own author.” Unknown
“He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.” Henry Ward Beecher
“The true measure of a person’s worth and beauty is a matter of the heart.” Unknown
“If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.” Aldous Huxley
“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” Colossians 3:12-14 MSG
“The man who chases two rabbits catches neither.” Old Proverb
“Imagine that everyone is enlightened except you…A most helpful exercise in self-improvement…The people you meet are all here to teach you something.” Richard Carlson, Ph.D
Seek first to understand.
“I am powerful and I am loved.
I am powerful and I am loving.
I am powerful and I love it!”
Susan Jeffers, Ph.D
“Even our private, secret sins affect the community. No one knew Achan had kept the robe, silver, and gold from the defeat of Jericho, but his sin led to defeat for God’s people (Joshua 7). My sin stops me from playing the role God intends for me in the way God intends, and this means that the church doesn’t grow and reflect its head as God intends.” Tim Chester.
While dealing with particularly difficult conversation : ask them or yourself “What’s your purpose in or what are you hoping to achieve by doing that/behaving like that?”
For the next week tell 3 people each day that you love them and why you love them!
It could be the same three or different people every day.
Set a timer if you need to!
🏃🏼 “Running is my friend. Running serves a purpose.” That’s what I wrote after my .94mile run that took me 10:01 minutes to finish. Do you want to know why I wrote that? Because it was the exact opposite of what I was feeling at the time.
I felt like a failure for not pushing myself just that .06 miles further to reach one WHOLE mile. I felt like a failure for my time..although faster than my 12:34 minute mile in high school, it’s still very slow. I felt like a failure for how tight my chest was, how hot my head was, how tingly my arms and swollen my fingers were.
I started running this past week because I needed to do something to get my bum moving. I have allowed my body to stay at rest far too long.
So as improvements slowly appear in my distance and speed I’m going to celebrate each and every one of them!
Is there any goal you’re pushing yourself toward? Any improvements you’re celebrating? Any successes you care to share? It doesn’t have to be workout related! [I wrote this back in April or May and had been waiting on getting a photo of me running – which hasn’t happened since then!]
“A study from the journal Personal Relationships says people are more likely to cheat on their partner if they believe their parents were unfaithful. Although family experiences shape individuals, it does not mean you are doomed to cheat on your spouse if one or both of your parents were unfaithful.”
God’s grace is greater than your sin.
“I will love you as long as I can help you grow in love.” Unknown
Ethnography : the observation and study of people in their natural environments.
You can gain insight and knowledge from what I share, but you’re the one who will have to implement in order to see results.
There you have it, friends! Those were all the quotes and thoughts I’ve gathered over the past little while and had planned on sharing at some point either through blog posts or Instagram captions.
What stood out to you the most?
Let me know!
Peace and blessings to you,