Soulspiration: Quotes About the Soul

In researching information regarding the soul, I came across a list of Soul Quotes which I thought were interesting, based on man’s own interpretation of what the soul means to them. I would like to share some of them with you as follows:

Neither height nor depth can measure the possibilities of the human soul–James Lendall Basford (1845-1915), “Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone”, 1882

(A) great soul, with a great purpose, can make a weak body strong and keep it so…Mark Twain, “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc”, 1895

When you say a man has guts, you say he has a soul–Martin H. Fischer (1879-1962)

The windows of my soul I throw Wide open to the sun–John Greenleaf Whittier, “My Psalm”

The soul has no secret that the behavior does not reveal–Lao Tzu

You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body–C. S. Lewis

If I should die tonight what have I to show for my life in the way of soul-winning?–Fredonia Ellsworth Holloway (1867-1920), c.1909

Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?–Horace

Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul–Marcus Aurelius, “Meditations”

Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul–Mark Twain

You are a beautiful soul hidden by the trench coat of the ego–Mike Dolan@HawaiianLife

If you hide things in your soul, don’t forget about them–Terri Guillemets

The defects of the soul are like wounds in the body–whatever care one takes to heal, the scar still appears, and they are every moment in danger of reopening–Francois VI de la Rochefoucault (1613-1680)

Most men have more scars on their souls than on their bodies–James Lendall Basford (1845-1915), “Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone”, 1882

When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you, a joy. When action comes from another section, the feeling disappears–Rumi

With all your science–can you tell how it is, and whence it is, that light comes into the soul?–Henry David Thoreau

Is soul the stem and body the blossom–or body our stem, with soul its seasonal bloom?–Terri Guillemets

One thing in the world, of value, is the active soul–Ralph Waldo Emerson

In my soul, the music of the universe can be heard–Eric Honeycutt, August 2011 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

What is soul? It’s like electricity–we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room–Ray Charles

Webs of strange patterns we weave (each owns), From colour and soul; and like unto these, Soul has its tones and semitones, Mind has its major and minor keys–Amy Levy, “In a Minor Key (An Echo from a Larger Lyre),” c.1884

The soul, like the body, lives by what it feeds on–Josiah Gilbert Holland

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire–Ferdinand Foch

You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out–Martha Graham

The above quotes can be found, along with others, on The Quote Garden (www.quotegarden.com) if you would like to look up additional quotes about the soul. I found it most interesting to see a number of quotes from the 1800’s. During that time period, many individuals wondered about the purpose of the soul as well.

From my earlier post (Scripture Quotes About the Soul), we learned that the Bible has many answers regarding the mysteries of the soul. We just need to continue to read God’s Word and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to our inmost being–our souls–for the answers to His will and purpose for our lives.

Blessings,
Yvonne

Book Reading Now: “Winter Garden” by Kristin Hannah.

Soulspiration: Bible Verses About the Soul

The scriptures give us a number of verses from various books of the Bible that reference the soul. In my search for them, I came across many that give answers as to what the soul means. Some of them are as follows:

Deuteronomy 4:29 (NIV) – But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Matthew 16:26 (NIV) – What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Psalm 62:1 (NIV) – Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him.

Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV) – This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Psalm 42:11 (NIV) – Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 103:1 (NIV) – Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion–who satisfies your desires with good things.

Psalm 130:5-6 (NIV) – I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Psalm 19:7 (NIV) – The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 63:1 (NIV) – O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Proverbs 16:24 (NIV) – Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Psalm 42:1-2 (NIV) – As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

In reading the above scriptures one can see a common theme throughout and that is the theme of Salvation (Psalm 62). God created us to thirst after righteousness and to seek Him because even in our mother’s wombs we were created to praise Him. Psalm 139 says that He created our “inmost being” and that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a soul is:

“The spiritual principle embodied in human beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe; a person’s total self; an active or essential part; a moving spirit.”

If we seek Him, we will find Him, and He will reach down into our inmost being (soul) and show His love to us. Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) says:

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

May the Lord richly bless you and keep you in His loving care each and every day.

Blessings,
Yvonne

Books reading: “The Bridge” and “The Chance” by Karen Kingsbury

Soulspiration: The Windows of the Soul

Last week I ended with a quote by Thomas Phaer: “The Eyes are the windows of the soul.” I have heard this quote many times and wanted to explore it further. The eyes help us see the “true colors of someone.” I believe that is what Jesus does with us. He looks deep down into our being and knows us–the good, the bad, and the ugly.

About two weeks ago as I was scrolling down on my FB page, I came across a story that I think might help illustrate this even more.

It begins by setting the scene: A young couple with their young child entered a restaurant and were promptly seated. The child sat in the high chair provided. Another man–very rough and gruffy–enters the same restaurant and is seated across the room. As soon as he sits down at his table, he begins smiling at the child and begins making comments such as, “Do you know how to play peek-a-boo?” The parents looked at the man and then at the gleeful face of their child and questioned whether or not they knew or even recognized this man. This back and forth continued between the child and man until it was time for them to leave. As soon as the young couple stood up and headed towards the cashier, the man did so as well. The child apparently couldn’t wait to get near the man and showed this by practically leaping into his arms. The couple was extremely puzzled by this entire situation. The man gently gave the child back to its mother and said, “You take care of him. He is a very special child.” Upon hearing those words, the mother began to cry and the family left the restaurant.

Outside, the mother tried to process the entire incident and it was then that she realized her child had looked past the man’s appearance and looked straight into the very soul of the man. Her child didn’t see a rough and gruffy old man, but he saw the kindness and love that he had in his heart. She thought that this is also the way God looks at us. He looks straight into our hearts and our souls.

What will God see when He looks into our hearts and lives? May He always find us full of love for one another by loving our neighbor as ourselves. We can do this by reaching out to those who are going through a difficult time in their lives, who need a friend to just listen to their concerns and not judge–actions definitely speak louder than words.

May the Lord bless you and keep you in His continued care.

Blessings,
Yvonne

Currently Reading: “The Bus to Corinth” by Ladine Housholder.
Finished Reading: “The Well Women” by Ladine Housholder.

Soulspiration: Reflection

Recently, my thoughts for inspiration have turned inward, and I find myself dwelling on thoughts of reflection and the soul. Following are a number of scriptures which talk about reflection:

Proverbs 27:19 — As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.

I Corinthians 13:12 — Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

James 1:23-24 — Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

Merriam-Webster describes reflection as:

“An instance of reflecting; the action of bending or folding back; something produced by reflecting such as an image given back by a reflecting surface”.

A number of years ago, Matthew Wilder and David Zippel composed a song for the movie “Mulan” entitled “Reflection”. As Mulan gazes into the water, she sings:

“Who is that girl I see
Staring straight back at me?
Why is my reflection someone I don’t know?
Somehow I cannot hide who I am, though I’ve tried
When will my reflection show who I am inside?
When will my reflection show who I am inside?”

Sometimes when we look into the mirror, we are pleased with who we see staring back at us/who we are–what we have become; but sometimes it can be hard to look into the mirror and we see someone we don’t recognize; someone who has become angry, bitter, selfish, greedy, and just mad at the world and blames God for all the “bad” things that have happened to him or her.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says that we are to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” God wants nothing but good things for each and every one of us. As we study His Word, He directs our paths and teaches us all things. We need to believe and trust Him!

The Soulspiration series will reflect upon “the soul”–a person’s total self–the spiritual principle embodied in human beings. I will share a number of quotes and explore how the soul reflects who we are. The following is one such quote:

“The Eyes are the windows of the soul”–Thomas Phaer

May the Lord richly bless you and keep you in His care.

Blessings,
Yvonne

2018 New Year Positivity

January 1, 2018 has finally arrived. The New Year’s Eve ball has been dropped, the parties/get togethers are over, and we are now whisked into another year–a new beginning!

I would like to share a quote that I came across recently and I have given much thought to the profound words written on the page. This quote says it all and I would like to remember this the entire new year.

“Let go of what’s gone,
Be grateful for what remains,
AND
Look forward to what is on the way!”–Inspire Positive Soul Sensations (IPSS)

May each of you have a wonderful and blessed New Year as you look forward to what is ahead!

Blessings,
Yvonne

Nana’s Corner: Quiet Moments

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After a morning of intense cleaning, I sit quietly looking at my laptop trying desperately to write. So much time has passed and I realize that I haven’t written in “Nana’s Corner” for a while. My thoughts quickly return to Gryphon and Gabriel who are on vacation with mommy and daddy this week. I know that they will enjoy going to the park and having fun at Grammy and Pappy’s in PA. It is hard for me to believe that Gryphon is almost three years old and Gabriel will be nine months this month; and yet I have witnessed their development firsthand since birth, and I would not trade those precious moments for anything in the world.

Both grandchildren have definitive, distinct personalities with Gabriel being more intense in all his movements (especially eating), and he tries to imitate and follow Gryphon in everything that he does. When Gryphon runs down the hall toward his room, Gabriel quickly crawls after him. They even wrestle together on the floor and both of them laugh and giggle at trying to get away from each other. He is taking many more steps and I believe he will be walking soon. Gryphon’s vocabulary has just blossomed and when you say something he doesn’t understand, he repeats it. For example, the other day I “jokingly” talked about the “sky is falling.” This was from a story about a chicken who thought the sky was falling. As Gryphon looked at the sky and at me, he questioningly said, “The sky is falling!” Realizing how this might have sounded to someone his age, I told him it was a “joke” and about the chicken book. He repeated, “It was a joke Nana!” He realized that the sky was not actually falling at that point. We both laughed about it.

The day is mostly filled with laughter, some “no’s”/confrontations regarding what is acceptable behavior, and also many “yes’s” as the morning and afternoon slip by. Whenever both of them are taking a nap, I try to regroup myself with “quiet thoughts/prayers” by shutting my eyes so that I can re-energize. Gryphon has such an imagination when he plays and believe me, we play hard and laugh until tears come to my eyes. Although I have had some physical issues during the past couple of weeks or so (sinusitis, osteoarthritis–had a cortisone shot in the tendon of my hand–aches and pains all over), I realize that my grandsons are both a gift from God not only to my daughter and her husband but also to the grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other relatives who will get to see how these two will grow up to learn more about God’s love and what it means to them.

As the rain begins to subside and the sun is peaking through the clouds, I reaffirm in my heart that I want to be the best Nana and babysitter–as I watch them here in VA–that I can be and to enjoy every moment with them because time is passing by too quickly. The same can be said of my daughter as well. I want to be the best mother and role model that I can be with her as well. That’s why it is important to tell your children and grandchildren that you love them every day.

Quiet thoughts for a rainy day.

Blessings,
Yvonne

Songspiration: Because He Lives

“Because He Lives”, written by Bill and Gloria Gaither in 1971, is one of my all-time favorite songs to sing on Easter Sunday. According to Wikipedia, a majority of the Gaither songs have been sung and recorded by Christian artists such as the David Crowder Band, Carman, Sandi Patty, The Cathedral Quartet, The Speers and the Heritage Singers; and country singers such as The Statler Brothers; and pop artists such as Elvis Presley. Their songs are known worldwide.

The Gaither Trio has received a number of Grammy Awards and GMA Dove Awards, as well as other honors such as ASCAP “Best Gospel Song of the Year”; Christian “Songwriter of the Century”; and they were named among the top 75 American entrepreneurs in “Entrepreneur Magazine” in 1997.

Since Gaither first began singing with the Bill Gaither Trio in the 1950s, he has constantly been performing. The Bill Gaither Trio originally consisted of Bill, his brother Danny Gaither and his sister Mary Ann Gaither. In about 1964, Bill’s wife, Gloria, took Mary Ann’s place. They founded the Gaither Music Company, which includes a record company, concert booking, television production, copyright management, retail store, recording studio, and telemarketing for the Gaither organization, as well as a retail center called Gaither Family Resources.

Gaither’s Homecoming Tours, which began in 1991, brought together major stars of the southern gospel and CCM industry, such as Gary McSpadden, Steve Green, Lee Young, Jon Mohr, Mark Lowry, Larnelle Harris, as well as others.

This Sunday is Easter Sunday and this holiday will be celebrated around the world. The purpose: to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. A number of churches, various denominations, will sing this renowned hymn and will sing it with fervor. It is a song that speaks of Jesus’ love, death, and resurrection, and it is because of this that “we can face tomorrow and life is worth living because He lives.”

As you celebrate Easter resurrection Sunday with your family and loved ones, let us all remember the words in Hebrews 7:24-25:

“But because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood; therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

May the Lord bless you and keep you all.
Blessings,
Yvonne

Songspiration: In The Garden

This Sunday we will celebrate Palm Sunday. Just before Jesus was betrayed, he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane asking God to “take the cup from him”, knowing that he would be betrayed and then crucified.

According to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia, “In the Garden” was written in 1912 by C. Austin Miles, who served as an editor and manager at Hall-Mack publishers for 37 years. This song was first published in 1912 and popularized during the Billy Sunday evangelistic campaigns of the early twentieth century by two members of his staff, Homer Rodeheaver and Virginia Asher.

Since that time, this song has been recorded and sung by such artists as Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and Glen Campbell, as well as other recording artists throughout the years. The song is also included on Johnny Cash’s 5-CD box set “Cash Unearthed.”

According to Austin Miles’ great-granddaughter, the song was written “in a cold, dreary and leaky basement in Pitman, New Jersey that didn’t even have a window in it let alone a view of a garden.” I would imagine Austin Miles depicted and imagined a beautiful garden where he felt safe, peaceful, and loved by Jesus as he wrote this beautiful hymn.

When I think about a garden, I envision a place of peace and tranquility, where one can go to reflect and pray, and listen for the voice of God, and talk with him. In this beautifully acclaimed hymn, the first verse and chorus are as follows:

“I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses; And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And he tells me I am His own; And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”

In Matthew 26:36-56, the story is told that Jesus took his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane asking that his disciples stay “awake” while Jesus prayed. But each time Jesus returned to his disciples, He found them asleep. It is during these three times that Jesus tries to tell them that He is going to be betrayed. It wasn’t until Judas arrived with the soldiers that the disciples actually realized what Jesus was talking about. Luke 22:39-46 also recounts this story: Jesus’ betrayal and arrest.

Jesus must have felt “let down” by His disciples because the scripture tells us that Jesus even questioned them about why they could not stay awake for even one hour while He was alone praying.

How would we have reacted if we had the chance to actually be in the same situation? Would we have fallen asleep as well? For many of us, staying awake would have been very difficult.

Jesus wants us to walk, talk, and tarry with Him and He says, “Come to the garden where it is peaceful and you will find rest in me.”

May each of you find joy, peace, and rest in Him continually.

Blessings,
Yvonne

Songspiration: The Old Rugged Cross

Since we are in the Lenten season, I wanted to share some songs with you that depict what and why we are celebrating the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. An old favorite is “The Old Rugged Cross.”

What is the definition of the cross? Thesaurus.com states it as follows:

“1. A structure consisting essentially of an upright and a transverse piece, used to execute persons in ancient times;
2. Any object, figure, or mark resembling a cross, as two intersecting lines; and
3. A mark resembling a cross, usually an X, made instead of a signature by a person unable to write.”

Meaning of the Cross

“The cross is a great contradiction:
Death and life,
Hate and love,
Violence and peace,
Accusations and forgiveness,
Brokenness and wholeness,
All is lost…yet everything is gained,
Destruction and restoration,
Defeat and victory,

The Cross is Love.”–Crosswalk.com

Research facts about this hymn:

Written by George Bennard (1873-1958), a Methodist evangelist;
Began writing the hymn in 1912 and finished it in 1913;
Published in 1915;
First recorded by two members of Billy Sunday’s staff–1921;
Song speaks of writer’s Christian experience rather than his adoration of God;
The song has been performed by some of the 20th Century’s most important recording artists, including Andy Griffith, Brad Paisley, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash and June Carter, George Beverley Shea, Willie Nelson, etc.

Some of the scriptures (NIV version) that mention the cross are as follows:

I Corinthians 1:18: “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…”

Philippians 3:10-11: “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings (on the cross), becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

Luke 9:23: “Then He said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'” (This verse is stated in three gospels: Mathew, Mark, and Luke.)

John 3:16 says, “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.” This is what the cross should mean to each and every one of us.

“On a hill far away, stood an old rugged cross…”

But Jesus did not stay on the cross. We will once again be celebrating His resurrection on Easter Sunday. Let us remember the cross but also that He arose so that we would not perish but have eternal life.

Blessings,
Yvonne

Songspiration: “Amazing Grace”

The song, “Amazing Grace”, has been sung throughout the ages since it was written by John Newton in 1779. Some facts that you may not know about Newton’s famous hymn are:

“The original title was ‘Faith’s Review and Expectation’, not ‘Amazing Grace’.
The song was written in 1779 based on Newton’s study of I Chronicles 17:16-17.
A nearly forgotten verse that Newton added near the end of ‘Amazing Grace’ were the words: ‘The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, the sun forbear to shine; But God, Who called me here below, shall be forever mine.'”

This past weekend we attended a memorial service for my sister’s son who died at the age of 41. My husband, a licensed minister, talked about his life and asked those present to remember all the good things that came from his life. He was also a son, brother, husband, father (two daughters), and a friend to so many. I was asked if I could share in song and “Amazing Grace” was the first one that came to mind. I sang it at the last memorial service that we attended and the song is one that everyone can relate to.

So what exactly is grace? According to the Oxford Dictionary…

Grace is (1) simple elegance or refinement of movement; and (2) (In Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.”

There are several scriptures mentioning grace as follows:

II Corinthians 12:9: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Hebrews 4:16: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Ephesians 4:7: “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Ephesians 2:8-10: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

In reading these passages, we realize that grace is a gift from God because He “apportioned it” to each and every one of us.

At the beginning of “Amazing Grace”, Newton also mentions another word: wretch. He said…”Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me…” In what connotation then is the word wretch used? The Oxford Dictionary describes a wretch as follows:

“A wretch is…Old English wrecca (also in the sense of ‘banished person’) of West Germanic origin, related to German Recke ‘warrior, hero’, also to the verb wreak.”

Because of the ‘dangers, toils, and snares’ that Newton found his life following, he recognized that he needed someone other than himself to lift him from his sinful life (a wretch) that he had been following and asked God to deliver him, according to a summary of Newton’s life written by Robert J. Morgan.

Without the help of God, it is easy to get caught up in the “things of the world” and the “temptations” like my sister’s son. His life ended tragically, but now he is in the arms of God.

May we always remember God’s grace in our lives. It is a gift to all of us and a reassurance of God’s love.

Blessings,
Yvonne