I’ve done precious little blogging this week. Haven’t written much and haven’t read much. But I have found some really great “nuggets” of wisdom in much of the little I have read. I wanted to share with you some quotes from a few of the writings I was impacted by this week. This is also a great way for you to perhaps discover a new blog you’ll love. And, who knows, maybe I’ll pick up some “finder fees” for sending you their way? I doubt it, but a boy can dream, right?!? :)
This pretty much punched me in the gut. Lots of wisdom in this quote:
“No one is ever satisfied when they’re not doing their best. When you do your best and fail it’s more acceptable than failing when you aren’t really trying.”
The quote below touches on some conversations my wife and I have had this week. I’m “thankful” to know others are in our shoes and can speak to it in such a powerful way!
“The last few times I was faced with this blatant ungratefulness I didn’t handle it very well. I got irritable and frustrated and snappy. How dare my children be so ungrateful? Don’t they appreciate all I do for them, all I give them? It was at about that point I felt God whispering in my ear about my own gratitude towards Him. Do I even notice all the things He does for me on a daily basis? How many blessings in my life do I treat as burdens? …I realized then and there that if I expect my kids to be grateful, I need to show them exactly what it looks like.”
Charles is such an encouraging blogger/author/poet. I look forward to reading his homespun wisdom and Godly insight every week.
“God puts us on this earth to do His will, and He blesses us with everything we need to do it. It might be assets, talent, a strong body, intelligence, health, or just a good and loving personality. Whatever attributes you need, to do what the Lord needs done, are available to you, and I believe when you begin to focus on God and His will for your life, He will provide them to you, and you will know how to use them to His glory.”
Linnea’s site has become one of my favorites to read each week. Especially this week! Things were hopping over there, and as usual, she brought much insight “to the table.”
“My hope in readily confessing my dark side is to get people to stop and think about their own….Truthful self-awareness must exact humility and humility is required in order to love others as we love ourselves.”
RabidMongoose always is a straight-shooter with well informed posts about issues of spirituality—especially for men. But this post was a great read for all of us since it deals with an issue we all face at times.
“We look at resentments. We’ve found out they are a distortion of the truth – a way to take a situation, cast the blame on somebody else, and totally escape, so we have nothing to do with it whatsoever!” – Joe McQ, The Steps We Took …This quote from Joe McQ’s book The Steps We Took sums up perfectly what I do with my resentments: I absolve myself completely of all responsibility for a problematic situation, making the issue everyone’s’ fault but mine. Resentment is a tool I use to live in denial: It allows me to create a shield around my fragile persona that ‘protects’ me from the truth about myself…I cannot keep holding all these resentments in. I need to accept responsibility for my own actions…
Feel free to share some quotes you have found (or wisdom you have written) in the comments below! You’ll help me do a better job of catching up before the week is *officially* over!
Now I have the privilege of getting ready for a “date night” with my Beautiful Bride. Hope to catch up with all of you wonderful bloggers soon!