Tuesday, March 31, 2009

March 2009 Reading List

Anna's Books

Completed This Month:
  • Family Circle dramatized by Anne Coulter Martens from the book by Cornelia Otis Skinner - Since we're encouraged to read a lot of plays, I borrowed this one from the theatre department collection. It's a story involving a lot of senior girls in high school in Pennsylvania around the year 1920. Cornelia is the daughter of a retired actress (so that she could stay home with her daughter) and current actor, a father whom she really admires. She and her friends work together to put on a few scenes from Shakespeare, for fun, and because Cornelia wants to impress her father. Things don't quite go as planned, but in the end Cornelia does get a small acting job, although she doesn't run away to act as she once planned. It was a clean story, but not one I think I'd want to produce, for I didn't agree with all of the messages it portrayed (rebelliousness towards parents that went unresolved, etc.).
  • Emotions: Can You Trust Them? by Dr. James Dobson - This book "gives practical guidelines and simple steps to help us understand, control and channel our emotions." Elijah lent this to me, and I read it straight through during a difficult time of wondering what to do. It was really interesting to read, and it helped me think through different things connected to the emotions.
  • The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller - We read through this book for Sunday School, discussing a chapter a week. Subtitled "Recovering the heart of the Christian faith," this book does an in depth look at the parable of the prodigal son. It discusses the younger and elder brother and shows how they were both lost, just in different ways, and it shows the overwhelming love of our God who gives abundantly, not holding anything back, just like a prodigal spends until he has nothing left. It pointed out that the parable was told not to the "younger son" sinners but to the "older son" Pharisees. It forces us to take a look at ourselves and the church as a whole, to examine which son we tend towards most. It is an excellent book, and I recommend it to everyone!
  • What He Must Be... if he wants to marry my daughter by Voddie Baucham Jr. - This excellent book is a challenge to young men to press for God's high standard in life and relationships, to parents to be looking for this kind of young man for their daughters, and for daughters to commit to waiting for such a man. While holding up a high calling, however, it is very honest about the fact that no man will attain it perfectly. It calls older men to cultivate such character in their own sons and also reach out to other young men, that they may help shape the next generation of men, the generation from which their daughter will be marrying. It outlined some non-negotiable characteristics potential suitors must be striving for while emphasizing that there are some preferences that shouldn't be requirements. I really enjoyed how it called upon men to disciple the younger men, for no one will have perfectly attained any of it. It was encouraging for me to read and think about what kind of man I should be holding out for. Next, I'll loan it to my dad and brother.
  • Handmaidens of the Lord by Crystal Paine - This book pulls together the experiences of the author and many stay-at-home daughters, giving real illustrations and advice on how a daughter at home can spend her time. The focus of the book is on living lives sold out to the Lord, being His handmaiden, and cultivating a servant's heart. It will challenge you to think and pray about ways you can use your time to serve others.
  • Create in Me a Youth Ministry by Ridge Burns with Pam Campbell - This was on the list of recommended book for my Theatre Ministry Administration class, and when I checked it out, I thought it would have to do something with youth theatre. It is actually about youth ministry in the church. While I am not planning to run a youth group, and don't always agree with the activities of youth groups (I'm for more parental involvement), it was interesting to read as I pray about and prepare to work with young people. While I didn't agree with everything in the book, I liked the emphasis on seeking the Lord and inspiring youth to do the same. The book outlines 10 things a youth minister should have: a calling, self-confidence, accountability, resilience, brokenness, renewal, flexibility vision, intentionality, and intimacy.
Currently Reading:
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chamber
  • For the Love of God Volume 1: A daily companion for discovering the riches of God's Word by D.A. Carson
  • Answering the Guy Questions by Leslie Ludy

Miriam's Books

Completed This Month:

  • Lucy Winchester by Christmas Carol Kauffman - A sad story, but also very sweet. This book follows the life of Lucy Winchester through a hard childhood, two difficult marriages and the pain of losing children. All the while, Lucy is searching for God and what is His will for her. This is hard for her because she doesn't have a Bible to help guide her or many friends closeby to encourage her faith. I almost wanted to cry with Lucy when, in her late forties, she is finally given a Bible. It is also a true story. This is not a hard read and it has a very good message.
  • The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff - This is the first book of a loosely connected series. My dad has enjoyed all that he's read so far (I've only read this one). Sutcliff does an amazing job of blending true history with a fictional tale. This story is based on an ancient Roman artifact that was found during excavations and on the Ninth Legion that disappeared sometime about A.D. 117. I look forward to reading the next books.

Currently Reading:

  • If I Perish by Esther Ahn Kim
  • The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett
  • Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Daily Disciplines: Staying on Track

Even if you don't have a routine schedule, all of us have certain things that we have to accomplish each day. How do you stay on track so that you complete what needs to get done in a timely manner?

Everyone has their own motivations, and I look forward to hearing from you all what helps you stay on track. As for myself, I don't know whether or not I could live without my to-do list! After trying many different kinds of lists that organized things many different ways, I have settled on a daily planner on which I write my schedule of places I need to be at certain times as well as things I need to get done that day. I like the planner because it has every day of the year in it, so if I have somewhere I need to be or something I need to do on a day in the future, I can flip to that day, write it down, and not have to worry about forgetting it.

My planner takes up residence on my desk, where I can easily grab it to write something down or refer to what I need to be focusing on. I don't have a regimented method of writing things down - I usually just jot things down as they come to me. Usually at the beginning of the week I'll write down my schedule and reports that are due or tests coming up, and then add in daily to-dos as I think of them. Often I'll fill in most things for each day on the previous day or evening, as I realize what exactly I'll need to do the next day.

Although I write down what I would like to do each day, rarely do I accomplish everything on the list. Those things that absolutely have to get done do, but the less pressing items sometimes have to get crossed off and moved to the next day. I don't enjoy crossing things off and writing them on the next day, however, so often after doing it for a day or two, I'll go ahead and complete the thing just so I don't have to write it down again! As you can tell from the picture, my planner is often messy and somewhat full, but I understand the brief notes that I write, so it works for me!

I must admit, I'm somewhat addicted to checking things off. Sometimes I'll even write down things I've already done just so that I can check them off! =) Perhaps I'm a bit too compulsive list-checker-offer, but it does make me feel a sense of accomplishment. Seeing things with checks by them helps me remember that yes, I did actually do something that day, and it's helpful to be able to look back and know when I did each thing if there's a question about it.

Most of my daily routine things - the small things I do every day - don't get written on my list, but other things that I sometimes have a harder time doing, even if I do them every day, do get written down. Sometimes I'm motivated to just go ahead and do small tasks as I think of them so that I won't have to write them down and remember to do them later. However, sometimes I write them down anyways, just to be able to check them off. Yes, perhaps I am a bit driven by check marks! ;)

I also have a master school list, a printed table with a column for each subject, on which I write when assignments and tests are. At the beginning of the semester I write down things off the syllabus, and then add things as they are assigned. This helps me be able to see at a glance exactly what I have coming up that week in each subject. Daily assignments and subjects to study get written on my to-do list (such as "study Civ" or "read Lit") and I can refer to the master list to know exactly what I need to read or study. It also gives encouragement to see what I've already completed, and, as the semester draws to close, how little I have left to do. Instead of checking things off this list, however, I fill in the box with a pretty color, which also gives me a sense of satisfaction. In the end, I have a rainbow on my page, which my creative side enjoys. :-)

Another motivation for me is to "reward" myself with fun things after I do things that I don't really want to do. It helps me work hard and get something done when I know that when I finish, I'll be able to something I enjoy more. Sometimes I start with my hardest thing in order to get it checked off and off my shoulders, and other times I start with my easiest things in order to have the most things checked off before I tackle a large, time-consuming project. It often depends on my mood and how much time I have available.

My to-do list keeps me focused throughout the day. If I'm wondering what I should be doing, a quick glance shows me what I need to be working on. If I'm wondering whether or not I can schedule something on a certain day, consulting my planner lets me know if I'll have the time. It doesn't rule my life, but it is a great help in keeping me on track.

Another huge help to me has been in having a group of girls to keep me accountable. We call ourselves "sisters of the heart," and because we live in different states, we do our group through email, letters, and occasional phone calls. Each week we send out goals of things we want to accomplish that week, big or small, as well as prayer requests. At the end of the week we send out an email sharing whether or not we accomplished our goals, updates on the prayer requests, and things we've learned from our personal devotions that week. It has been such a blessing, and it is a huge motivation to get things done when I know that I'll have to tell others how I did! My brother and Elijah also do an email accountability called "Pressing On," which goes along the same lines.

Much as I enjoy checking things off and coloring things in, however, I have to remember that my worth does not come from such things. When I complete everything on my to-do list for a day (a very rare thing!), there is much rejoicing! However, when I complete only one or two things, I learn to still find joy in the Lord. Days are different, life throws unexpected things in our path, and things don't always happen just as we'd like them to or in the time that we'd like them to. However, through it all, God is to be praised no matter what.

In the comment section, please share if you feel led:
  • What are ways you motivate yourself to do things that need to be done?
  • Do you have a to-do list, or do you have another method to stay on track? Describe how your method works (it may give us ideas)!
  • Do you have someone or a group to whom you are accountable?
  • What helps you feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day?

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Men on Modesty

Recently Becca recommended that I "ask some boys and young men to put their opinions on make-up, clothes, and other stuff." While we welcome all men who read this blog to comment with their thoughts on each post, the main focus of this blog is women, so right now I don't feel led to launch an attempt to get men to come and share their thoughts here.

However, there are many other resources out there that I have enjoyed gleaning from. Reading many things online has helped me understand men a little better, although we must remember that all men are different and will hold different views.

The Modesty Survey put out by The Rebelution is one of the best resources on the topic. The survey covers many different things, from jeans and skirts, to makeup and jewlery, to posture and movement. All of the questions came from girls who were wondering what men thought about the certain things. The many different answers show the diversity of men out there, while the percentages show which items men tend to have more trouble with. The text comments were very insightful, and the respect the men showed was very encouraging. It is a blessing to hear from men who appreciate modesty!

Is This Modest? is a collaborative website by men and women all about the topic of modesty in many different situations. There are posts about "Inside a Guy's Mind" and Quick Reviews of many different types of outfits. I have really enjoyed following this website and seeing what men and women think about certain things, where they differ, and where they agree.

Empowered Traditionalist recently posted 2 articles from a guest gentleman. You can read them here: 10 Things Guys Love About Girls Part 1 and Part 2. Again, this won't reflect the mindset of every gentleman, but it does give an interesting perspective on what some of them appreciate.

Pearls and Diamonds has started a column by men called "His Perspective." One column went up for Valentine's Day entitled His Perspective on Respect.

I hope the above has given you some interesting things to think about! The best men to go to for advice, however, are the Godly men near you: your father, brother, and/or trusted family friend or pastor.

If you know of a resource from a man's perspective that has helped you, please share it in the comments section!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Flowers in the Rain

As I walked to class this morning, I came upon these beautiful azaleas that were drooping down because of the rain of the day and night before. Immediately the chorus of the song "Flower in the Rain" by Jaci Velasquez came into my head:

"So, here I am again,
Willing to be opened up and broken like a flower in the rain.
Tell me, what have I to do to die and then be raised,
To reach beyond the pain, like a flower in the rain?"

These flowers were drooping and bruised by the rain, yet they still showed beauty and strength through it all. And now that they rain has stopped, at least for a little while, they are again turning their blossoms towards the sky and recovering from the downpour of the day before.

What do you do when faced with storms in your life? Do you give up and crumple, overwhelmed? Or do you take the bruising and "reach beyond the pain" to the One, our Savior, Who is able to give you the strength to recover and learn from the experience?

It's something to ponder. My prayer is that, in times of testing, I will be like a flower in the rain.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Daily Disciplines: Back on Schedule

After a wonderful and relaxing spring break spent at home with my family, college life has started up full swing. Much as I miss home, it is nice to get back to a regular schedule. Even at home, amidst all of the resting up I needed, I found myself going back to setting an alarm a few of the mornings. A schedule really helps me be productive, and I've come to enjoy the regularity of one.

Do you have a daily schedule? I, for one, thrive when I have a consistent schedule. It doesn't have to be set in stone, but when I do things around the same time each day, it helps me to get things done in an efficient day. However, I know that personalities are different, so I am curious as to how many of you implement a daily schedule.

I get headaches easily, and I've noticed that they seem to be especially linked to changes in schedule. My Dad gets them as well, saying we have a special "migraine brain." Sleeping, eating, and working at consistent times each day helps me avoid headaches, however, so I have a big motivation to try to follow a schedule!

My daily weekday schedule usually consists of the following. Obviously, times are never this exact, and each day is different because of various classes and responsibilities, but this is a rough estimate.

6 a.m. Alarm goes off, I force myself out of bed. Get dressed as I thank God for the new day.
6:30 a.m. Start devotions, consisting of Bible reading, devotional book reading, journaling prayers and meaningful Scripture, and praying.
7:15 a.m. Gather together things I'll need for my morning classes and head out of the dorm.
7:20 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m. - 4, 5, or 6 p.m. Classes and practicing flute. There are a few breaks at various times each day, enough time for me to eat lunch and switch out books for the afternoon classes. Usually I review verses, change, and check my email around 11 a.m. and sometimes I get out of afternoon makeup class early.
5-6 p.m.
Supper - usually I'm starving!
Late afternoon and evenings hours - Usually spent on homework and doing some things online. Sometimes, however, there are meetings (on Tuesdays I try to go to Reformed University Fellowship at 8:45-10 p.m., and a Pro-Life Group has started every other Monday from 9-10 p.m.), crew work for theatre responsibilities, or rehearsals.
10-11 p.m. Turn out the light! My goal is to turn it off by 10 p.m., but this semester it's usually later, 11 p.m. or Midnight... rarely later

As you can see, my schedule is rather loose, but also rather regimented, with required classes at exact times. Getting up and going to bed at the same time each day really helps a lot with staying on top of things. The getting up time is rarely changed, but the going to bed time can be hard to stay consistent, especially when you have a lot of projects going on. However, aiming for a consistent time definitely helps.

Even when I'm not at college, where my days are usually pretty planned out for me, it helps to have a schedule. During my high school years, trying to get up at a certain time really helped, as did aiming to start school work right after breakfast and planning days around various lessons and responsibilities. Consistent bedtimes were important to try for in order to have enough energy to last through the next day.

Obviously, schedules can never be kept perfectly. Life brings unexpected things our way each day, and we have to learn to adjust. We should definitely never be too stuck to a schedule that we miss out on opportunities God sends our way to bless others. But, I've found that keeping a fairly regular schedule can be helpful in leading a disciplined life.

Next week, I hope to discuss some of the ways we can implement this schedule.

In the comment section, please share if you feel led:
  • Do you have a fairly consistent schedule?
  • What does a typical daily schedule look like for you?
  • Are there certain things you do that help you stay on track?
Yes, these posts in The Daily Discipline series have been missing for quite a few months. All I have to blame is a quite busy college schedule. However, I'm trying to get the posts "back on schedule" so that I can plan ahead and hopefully have a new post written each Monday. As always, I look forward to interacting with you as you share your thoughts and insights into what works for you.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Franklin Springs Family Media: The Great Homestead Blessings Contest

I enjoyed writing an essay for Franklin Springs Family Media's last contest, and I placed as a runner-up and received a free DVD for it! I just received information about their next contest, and have pasted the details below. Perhaps some of you will have fun doing this project as a family!

Franklin Springs Family Media has just announced a fun and entertaining new contest. Submit a video or photo slideshow of you with your family, or by yourself, making a recipe featured on one or more of the Homestead Blessings DVDs; The Art of Breadmaking, The Art of Soap Making, or The Art of Candle Making. If you do not have the DVDs, they can be rented from NETFLIX.com, or ordered with free shipping from Franklin Springs (www.franklinsprings.com). Use free shipping promotion code: westcontest02354

A winner for each category will be selected from all entries received by the following deadlines:

The Art of Breadmaking—Deadline for submission: April 10th
The Art of Soap Making—Deadline for submission: April 17th
The Art of Candle Making—Deadline for submission: April 24th

A Best of Contest prize of $100 will also be awarded to the best submission judged by our panel.

Whether this will be your first time making one of these projects, or you are a seasoned professional, we would love to see you have fun and enjoy these good old-fashioned skills.

All video submissions should be no longer than 3 minutes. Language and attire must be appropriate for our family audience. Franklin Springs reserves the right to disqualify any submission from the contest. By entering this contest, and unless requested otherwise, all entrants grant permission for their entry to be posted on the Friends of Franklin Springs Family Media website.

Three Ways to Enter
1. Send entry via email to contests@franklinsprings.com
2. Upload your video to Facebook, YouTube, Google Video, or any other site and send us the link.
3. Join the Contest Group at the Friends website (http://community.franklinsprings.com/) and upload your video to your profile.

Please include your name and address, and be sure to tell us how you heard about the CONTEST! We look forward to seeing your entry!

In Christ,
Scott Eash

Franklin Springs Family Media

Visit Friends of Franklin Springs Family Media at: http://community.franklinsprings.com

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spring Camping 2009

Excitement filled my heart as last Friday's classes drew to a close. Soon after 2 p.m., I ran to my room, loaded my things into my brother's car and headed home. Not only was it the beginning of spring break. It was also the start of our semi-annual spring camping trip! Having missed the one in the fall, I was even more excited to be able to make it to this one.

Scheduling worked out well this year, for Lydia, Elijah, and I had exactly the same dates for our spring break. Since my college was right on the way for Elijah, he picked me up and we enjoyed talking as we drove home together. Because of the rain and a detour and a few wrong turns, the drive was a little longer than anticipated, but it was great to be able to spend the time together.

We arrived at the campsite soon after 9 p.m. The others had been there for most of the day, and we enjoyed spending some time around the campfire, as it hadn't yet started raining.

This time we camped at Alabama Elks Youth Camp. Rain was predicted for the whole weekend and the location was farther away for many people, so we had quite a small group show up to camp. It was a different experience to have only 3 families and a few extra people come to camp, but we had wonderful fellowship with those who could make it.

It turned out to be a huge blessing that the place we camped was a summer camp with many facilities. We were able to cook and eat in an outdoor pavilion and spend a lot of time indoors as the weather raged outside. It rained some on Friday night, all day on Saturday and most of the day on Sunday. Because of the constant rain, most of the tents got flooded or leaked, so almost the entire group ended up spending the night in the building, spread out on the floor in the various rooms. It was definitely an adventure to camp in the rain, but because we had a warm, dry place to retreat to, it wasn't too much of a hardship. =)

It was wonderful to be able to spend the weekend with my family and dear friends. We made many memories and enjoyed talking and playing many games.

My sister Miriam and her husband John even flew down from Ohio to come camping, and it was fun to have them there! Our family has gone camping twice a year from 10-12 years, so it has become a tradition that none of us wants to miss.

On Saturday afternoon, since outside games were out of the question, indoor games were played. Although it hardly seemed like a camping trip without our usual games of volleyball and ultimate frisbee, we enjoyed playing other things. Taboo was fun to play with a large group, especially when you had family members on your team!

Dutch Blitz was another favorite. I, however, got "kicked out" of the game after winning too much. They told me I played too fast, so I left to give the others a chance.

Lydia brought two friends from college to camp with her, and it was fun meeting them. They enjoyed playing a long game of Settlers of Qatan.

The recreation room was a favorite place for a lot of the children, for there were nice foosball, pool, and pingpong tables. There was also room to run around when energy levels were high.

The food we eat while camping is always delicious. We took turns cooking, I making breakfast with mom's help, John and Miriam cooking a delicious Indian recipe, and Lydia and her friends making Chicken Fajitas. The pavilion allowed us to eat outside, and the fresh air always stimulates everyone's appetite!

The spring camping trip almost always falls around Miriam and Lydia's birthdays. Lydia turned 24 on Sunday, and Miriam turned 29 today, so we celebrated on Saturday night with cake and bubbles left over from Miriam's wedding.

That evening, we played large, simple yet fun group games for quite a while. It was fun to interact with everyone and just enjoy goofing off.

Saturday night was our traditional "stay up late" night. Esther joined Elijah, Miriam and I as we played and talked the night away.

We started off with Phase Ten, moved on to Ten Hole Golf, and ended with Rook. As 1 a.m. approached I couldn't stay up any later, so we crept in to our various sleeping spots so as to not disturb those who had retired hours earlier.

On Sunday morning we had a worship service, singing, sharing things that we'd learned over the past months, and praying together. It was an encouraging and refreshing time.

After eating lunch and packing up all of our wet things, the rain finally stopped and the sun began to shine through. As a lot of the group left, some of us headed off to walk to Lake Martin.

It was beautiful. The water was emerald and we enjoyed being together.

It was interesting to think about how much we'd grown from when we'd begun camping years before. Those who were babies and toddlers were now teens. We'd grown from children to young adults, playing together over the years.

Dad had brought some bubbles with him and begun to blow them as we admired the rainbow colors that appeared within them.

Blowing the beautiful bubbles was fun, so we just had to take turns. :-) The day was lovely and the surroundings were peaceful.

Soon after we walked back, it was time to head home. We hugged goodbye and piled into the cars, already looking forward to seeing each other soon and camping together again in the years to come.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Celebrating Spring: Inner Beauty

Note: We are camping together and with some other families in Alabama this weekend, so this post has been saved and automatically published. We'll be back to publish and answer comments on Monday!

"All of the charm and beauty a woman may have amounts to nothing if her ambitions are self-centered. But if she reflects her Creator and assumes the posture of a graceful servant, she cannot help but command high respect and love." - Jeanne Hendricks

"True refinement is not mere outside polish. It goes deeper and penetrates to the very foundation of character. It is purity, gentleness, and grace in the heart, which, like the perfume of flowers, breathes out and bathes all the life in sweetness... That which really refines is purity of mind and heart." - J.R. Miller in "Homemaking"

"The spectacular sparkle of set-apart femininity is found through absolute abandonment to the Author of all true beauty. It's found in exchanging a life consumed with self for a life consumed with Jesus Christ, by trading the desire to be attractive to this world for the longing to be attractive to Him alone." - Leslie Ludy in "Set-Apart Femininity"

"Only Jesus Christ can truly fulfill the deepest longings and desires of our feminine hearts." - Leslie Ludy in "Set-Apart Femininity"

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Celebrating Spring: Standing together

Note: We are camping together and with some other families in Alabama this weekend, so this post has been saved and automatically published. We'll be back to publish and answer comments on Monday!

"Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD." - Pslam 31:24

"Until thou learnest to be content in the place God has put you, you will never be happy or fulfilled anywhere." - Sarah Malley in "Before You Meet Prince Charming"

"Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus..." - Hebrews 12:1-2a

"However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the Gospel of God's grace." - Acts 20:24

Friday, March 13, 2009

Celebrating Spring: God's Guidance

"Show me Your ways, O LORD, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." - Psalm 25:4-5

"For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end." - Psalm 48:14

"Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always." - Psalm 105:4

"The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation!" - Psalm 118:14

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps." - Proverbs 16:3, 9

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Celebrating Spring: God's Workmanship

"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." - Psalm 118:24

"Seeing how God works in nature can help us understand how He works in our lives" - Janette Oke

"Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." - Psalm 27:14

"Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." - Philippians 1:6

"When God puts something together, it only gets better with time." - Leslie Ludy in "Set-Apart Femininity"

Celebrating Spring: Standing Firm

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" - Jeremiah 29:11

"Begin today! No matter how feeble the light, let it shine as best it may. The world may need just that quality of light which you have." - Henry C. Blinn

"May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in You." - Psalm 33:22

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." - Psalm 51:10

"But I will sing of You strength, in the morning I will sing of Your love; for You are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble." - Psalm 59:16

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Celebrating Spring: Friendship

"The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart." - Elizabeth Foley

"Silence makes the real conversations between friends. Not the saying but the never needing to say is what counts." - Margaret Lee Runbeck

"A friend is one who joyfully sings with you when you are on the mountain top, and silently walks beside you through the valley." - William A. Ward

"Friendship is not diminished by distance or time... by suffering or silence. It is in these things that it roots most deeply. It is from these things that it flowers." - Unknown