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Quotes and Such 2011

Quotes and Such 2011

Quotes from Mitch Albom’s movie Have a Little Faith:

Regarding a minute with God:
“Lord, I’ve done x amount of good stuff on earth. I have tried to follow your teachings and to pass them on. I have loved my family, I’ve been part of a community. And I have been, I think, fairly good to people.
So, Heavenly Father, for all this, what is my reward?
And what do you think God will say? …
He’ll say, ‘Reward? What reward? That’s what you were supposed to do!'”

“I am in love with hope”

“you’re not listening with your eyes”

“Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.”

We Bought a Zoo:

Benjamin Mee, “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Dr. Seuss

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
Dr. Seuss

Quotes from Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage:

Maryanne Kinkade: You are the light of the world in a dark winter, and we could all use a little bit of extra light right now.

Thomas Kinkade: You always said you wouldn’t teach me how to paint, but why to paint, and I will be forever grateful to you for that. I wish I could give you back something, but I have nothing… this may be our last Christmas together and I have no gift for you Glen, no way to thank you, nothing to give you, just love. I love you, Glen. Don’t give up, please, that’s the first you taught me about painting. Don’t give up. There’s a light in you still.

Glen: It’s the light, Thom, that’s what lasts. The leaves are transient; they grow, turn green, turn red, and die. But behind them, the light lasts forever… paint the light.

Glen: It’s my last painting, Thom… I have been trying to paint my sorrow, to show a bleakness of a world without Nicole, but then you came with a candle last night, and I knew what Nicole’s memorial should be. Not darkness, but light. Sometimes we can barely see beyond the forest to the sky. I was painting the leaves of the forest and never saw the light of the sky behind it. Now I see it. That’s all I need to see now.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Hello, I’m Joe Pursch, and this is a Transforming Moment. Have you ever had God take something away from you and later learned He did it to grow you up a little, to concentrate your vision on something more important? Emily Cavanaugh was bright, beautiful, and, after months of being pursued by a young man in her college, she had finally agreed to marry him. But something still wasn’t right. One night she sat with the young man on the porch at a party, and in tears gave him back his ring with the words ‘I just can’t marry you. You don’t seem to have any purpose in your life. No goals, no plans, no responsibility.’ The young man was devastated, and later wrote ‘That night all the stars fell out of my sky.’ But God shook him up through the experience, and the young man began to seek God’s face intensely about finding the purpose for his life that Emily had said he lacked. Soon after, he realized he was called to the ministry, and he prayed ‘Lord, if You want me, you’ve got me.’ I’m so glad he did, because that young man’s name was Billy Graham. I’m Joe Pursch, and this has been a Transforming Moment.”


“The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.”

Billy Graham

“God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there”

Billy Graham

“It is not the body’s posture, but the heart’s attitude that counts when we pray.”

Billy Graham

“You’re born. You suffer. You die. Fortunately, there’s a loophole.”

Billy Graham

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.”

Billy Graham

“Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ”

Billy Graham

“While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done.”
Helen Keller

“How to Make Sure Your Sneakers Smell Really Good:

Stuff several unused tea bags into each shoe and leave them for a couple of days.

Fill two clean socks with cat litter and leave them in sneakers overnight.

Tuck fabric softener sheets into the bottom of your shoes, underneath the inner soles.” (The Girl’s Book of How to be the Best of Everything.”)
Three year old Josiah of his grandfather’s hair:

“Gamps, your hair is leaving you.”

To my 98 year old grandmother:

“You are the only person I know who has never asked for anything. You have lived a completely selfless life.  That’s pretty good that someone can say that about you.”

Sweet Granny replied, “That’s right.”

I’m so glad she can look back and know she was a good and faithful servant.  She truly imitates Christ in love, in selflessness, in kindness, and in forgiveness.  She is the closest thing to an angel I have known.  She is precious to all of us.

Unknown author:

“Don’t go digging where God has buried your sins.”

“Real friends are those who, when you feel you’ve made a fool of yourself, don’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.”

“Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet.”

William Fay was a rich man facing prison time for illegal activity.  He lived a selfish life for many years.  Fay states “But the Holy Spirit is more powerful than my ignorance. Later, I called that pastor.  Through my tears, I said, I want inner peace in my life.  The next day I drove eighty-five miles to his little county church.  When I walked in, the church didn’t even have a rug on the dusty floor.  But, in a matter of moments, the floor held a puddle of my tears.  At 10:00 a.m. on March 4, 1981, I found out what it meant to know and to meet Jesus Christ as both my Lord and Savior.”  (Share Jesus Without Fear)

Is Jesus Lord of your life?

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
Often we ask why?  I look back on 2011 and see a teen boy driving on a street he has traveled a thousand times before, but this time he has an accident and doesn’t make it to the end of the street.  A sweet couple trying so hard to share their love with a baby, yet the babies don’t make it full term.  A teen girl battles a disease all her life, but this time goes in the hospital and doesn’t make it home.  Twisters blow through the state and many do not make it through the storm. A woman has her heart broken, and never makes it to the “happily ever after” part of her fairy tale.

In this life we have times when we ask why? Why? Why me? Why this? Why now? Why not?

Often it is our own choices that bring pain to our lives. Sometimes it is the bad choices of another.  Other times there is no one to “blame” and it is so very hard to understand.  We must remember that the marvelous thing about being a Christian is that one day we will no longer wonder why. No more car accidents, no more babies dying, no more disease, no more tornadoes, no more heartache.  Jesus Christ died on the cross and took the punishment for our sin so that we do not have to suffer eternally.  This life may have suffering, but it is nothing like the suffering many will endure in hell.  Accepting that we are sinners in need of a Savior, knowing that the Savior is Jesus Christ, and confessing our belief in Him, prevents us from suffering eternally and offers an eternity of beauty, peace, and joy.  This world is a hard place to live in sometimes, but God hears our prayers, and Jesus is with us in the form of the Holy Spirit.  He comforts us through it all and provides a way to never suffer again.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God, in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

“You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” Psalm 30:11

New Again Song Lyrics
Brad Paisley represents the words of Jesus Christ, and Sara Evans the words of Mary

(Brad Paisley)
Mother – do not cry for me
All of this is exactly how it’s supposed to be
(Sara Evans)
I’m right here. Can you hear my voice?
My life, my love, my Lord….my baby boy

(Brad Paisley)
As they nail me to this tree
Just know the Father waits for me
(Sara Evans)
God how can this be your will?
To have your son and my son killed?

(Brad Paisley)
Whatever happens…whatever you see…
Whatever your eyes tell you has become of me
This is not…
Not the end…
I am making all things new again

(Sara Evans)
I remember when you were born
In that manger where I first held
You in my arms
So many miracles and lives you’ve changed
And this world repays you how?
With all this pain

(Brad Paisley)
As they nail me to this tree
Just know the Father waits for me
(Sara Evans)
God how can this be your will?
To have your son and my son killed?

Whatever happens(Whatever happens)…whatever you see(I don’t wanna see)…
Whatever your eyes tell you has become of me
This is not(Tell me it’s not…
Not the end…
I am making all things new again

(Brad Paisley)
Whatever happens…whatever you see…
Whatever your eyes tell you has become of me
This is not(No)…
Not the end…
I am making all things new again




A hug to 2011 as we lay it to rest.

An embrace of 2012 as we know God will bless.

Love and hugs,



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