Quotable Quotes: Women’s Words of Wisdom


When I first read some of the following quotes by women, I was astounded by their wisdom. Perhaps one or more of these words of wisdom will encourage you in your life’s journey.

. NOTHING is impossible; the word itself says “I’M POSSIBLE” – Audrey Hepburn

. The way I SEE it, if you want the RAINBOW, you gotta put up with the rain – Dolly Parton

. Start living NOW. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your LOVE until that special person materializes. Every day you are ALIVE is a special occasion. Every MINUTE, every BREATH, is a GIFT from God – Mary Manin Morrissey

. When one door of happiness closes, another OPENS; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has OPENED for us. – Helen Keller

. Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as FREE to delight in whatever REMAINS to them? – Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

. KEEP your face to the sunshine and you can NEVER see a shadow. – Helen Keller

. Defeat is simply a signal to PRESS forward. – Helen Keller

. GOD never sends us more than we can handle. – Mother Theresa

. When you come to a roadblock, TAKE a detour. – Mary Kay Ash

. LIGHT tomorrow with TODAY. – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

. A year from now you may wish you had STARTED today. – Karen Lamb

. If you don’t like something, CHANGE it. If you can’t change it, CHANGE your ATTITUDE. – Maya Angelou

. The BEST and most BEAUTIFUL things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be FELT with the HEART. – Helen Keller

. There are two ways of SPREADING light: to be the candle or the mirror that REFLECTS it. – Edith Wharton

Blessings on you,

What’s In Your Closet?

Self-help books have become a huge part of my library book collection, so I have decided to share some of these insightful books with you beginning with Jennifer Rothschild’s book, “Self-Talk, Soul-Talk.”

When I first presented this book to our women’s group as a possible women’s study at our church over two years ago, several women signed up unequivocally. Over a few short weeks, we discovered that our thoughts and self-talk (what we say when we talk to ourselves) impacts not only our relationship to God, but it impacts our relationships with our families and friends as well. Destructive, negative thoughts keep us from maturing and growing in the Lord and in His Word. We are a reflection of the way we think, and what we hide in our thought closets affects who we are.

Based on Biblical principles and filled with scriptures to help us on our Christian journeys, this study proved to be pertinent and insightful in helping us to develop as stronger, more loving individuals, who further learned to be more loving towards ourselves and to “love the Lord with all of our hearts, minds, and souls.” We also discovered ways to turn self-destructive negative thoughts into positive ones.

Since this book has become part of my self-help library, I have referenced it often. You can purchase a copy of this book at an online bookstore, a local Christian bookstore in your area, or visit Jennifer Rothschild’s website for additional information and for a list of other great resources.

Happy reading and blessings on you,

New Year’s Resolutions for 2013

Waterfall.jpgLearn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow!  Einstein

As I watched a portion of the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza hosted by Ryan Seacrest last night (okay, so I didn’t watch the ball drop), they indicated that the number one New Year’s Resolution from around the world was “to lose weight.”
In looking at past lists of New Year’s Resolutions, I noticed that they included:

1.  Lose weight

2.  Exercise more

3.  Become financially set for retirement

4.  Start a new business

5.  Learn a new language (or new skill)

6.  Quit smoking

And the list could go on and on.

Making New Year’s Resolutions indicates a new beginning, a fresh start, beginning your life with no regrets, and a moving forward to all that life has to offer. New Year’s Resolutions should help us regroup, refocus, reflect back on the old year’s activities, and help us to make realistic goals that will help us grow mentally, physically, and spiritually.

If I were to make a list, it would include the following resolves:

1.  Resolve to live each day to its fullest.

2.  Resolve to be a better friend.

3.  Resolve to mentor someone younger – helping them realize their goals/dreams.

4.  Resolve to love more fully (unconditionally) my family and friends.

5.  Resolve to learn something new, i.e. blogging techniques, taking a class.

6. Resolve to take a trip to visit a relative/friend I haven’t seen for a while.

7. Resolve to volunteer several times this year for a Non-Profit organization.

8. Resolve to contact a friend/relative on the phone and “catch up”.

I could go on and on with the above list, but I, too, need to be realistic.  God already knows our hearts and desires and I know that writing down goals (just like a food diary) helps us to remain steady and keeps us on track.  In September, my husband and I went on a 3.5 mile hike at Ricketts Glen State Park where the park boasts over 90 waterfalls.  Of the falls we were privileged to see along the trail, I was reminded of the power, and yet calming effect they had on me. Thousands of gallons of water rushed over the falls in a steady, persistent stream as if the water was on a mission trying to reach the bottom where there was a pool of calmer, deeper water. My goal in 2013 is to be consistent, persistent, and follow my God-given desires/goals and to trust Him more fully in every way possible, and to encourage my family, friends, and others to pursue their dreams/goals.

May the Lord richly bless you and keep you and may He make His face to shine upon you and give you peace in the coming months ahead.