Monday, March 6, 2017

the breeze that goes round the world

"Whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way. Why, when a housefly flaps his wings, a breeze goes round the world; when a speck of dust falls to the ground, the entire planet weighs a little more; and when you stamp your foot, the earth moves slightly off its course. Whenever you laugh, gladness spreads like the ripples in a pond; and whenever you're sad, no one anywhere can be really happy. And it's much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer."
-Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Be the light

The choices we make not only shape our lives but, in a way, show on our face. We all know people who seem to have a light in their eyes, people who seem to light up a room. In most cases, it's not their charisma but their character that impresses us—not their personality but their purity. The goodness of their lives is reflected on their countenance. They project the kind of confidence that comes from living with honor and integrity. 

Paul Harvey, the famous radio commentator, put it this way after visiting the campus of a religious university known for its high moral standards. "Each . . . young face," he said, "mirrored a sort of . . . sublime assurance. These days many young eyes are prematurely old from countless compromises with conscience. But [these young people] have that enviable headstart which derives from discipline, dedication, and consecration."

Several years ago, a student was traveling abroad when her connecting plane was unexpectedly delayed overnight. Even though the airline made accommodations for the passengers' overnight stay, the young woman felt frightened, alone, and unprepared. She looked around at the other passengers and noticed a young mother who seemed to radiate peace and confidence in spite of the stressful situation. The student approached her and asked for some guidance. They ate dinner together, and the young mother calmed her fears. The next morning when they boarded the plane at the same time, the student thanked the young mother for her kindness. The student explained, "Somehow I knew you would help me." 

We have all been blessed by people who radiate goodness, and we can be that person for someone else. Of course, none of us is perfect, but if we are honestly striving to live in a positive way, it will show in our face, in our eyes, and in our countenance. And thus we can be a source of light to those around us. 

-Lloyd D. Newell

When I Held Your Face - Paul Larson Original

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

try as I may and try as I might try try try be the light

Show respect even to people who don't deserve it,
not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.

Somewhere - Paul Larson Original

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

What makes you strong also makes you beautiful

Strength doesn't come from what you can do.
It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.

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Judith - Paul Larson Original

Saturday, February 25, 2017

When moving a barn . . .use patience

"patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind" 

My Song for You - Paul Larson Original

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

you're NOT lost it is part of the journey

Sometimes God will put a Goliath in your life, 

for you to find the David in you.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

stand proud

"If I were a flower…
I would be a sunflower.
To always follow the sun,
turn my back to darkness,
stand proud, tall and straight
even with my head full of seeds."
~Pam Stewart


The What Could Be - Paul Larson Original

Saturday, February 11, 2017

As You Love Yourself

Sometimes you've got to be able to listen to yourself and be okay with no one else understanding.

"No amount of self-improvement can make up for any lack of self-acceptance." 

Can You Hear Me Now?

Talk of the Heart

What I Didn't See - Paul Larson Original

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I walk forth knowing that all I leave behind is what's unneeded.

"As we move forward we will leave things behind us. Fear not the things that may fall away. They are the things that won't benefit us along our journey. And in their absence we gain space. Space for things anew. Ones better suited for our path. So keep walking forward and let what may fall; fall, for we lose nothing, 
if we choose to see the gain in the steps to come." 


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