Monday, July 12, 2010

The Week in Words

I'm participating in The Week in Words, hosted by Barbara of Stray Thoughts:

Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week  inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read.
I receive a little quote each day through my email via This Day's Thought. This one spoke to me, as I've been pondering lately the things I read, watch, and think about, and God's priorities for me in these areas:
What are you saving in your memory bin as food for the restless soul when the winter of life comes?

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This one fits in nicely with my recent reading in A Woman After God's Own Heart concerning the home:
Your home can be a place for dying or living, for wilting or blooming, for anxiety or peace, for discouragement or affirmation, for criticism or approval, for profane disregard or reverence, for suspicion or trust, for blame or forgiveness, for alienation or closeness, for violation or respect, for carelessness or caring.  By your daily choices, you will make your home what you want it to be.
Carole Sanderson Streeter

I'm still pondering much from A Woman After God's Own Heart. It's so full of wisdom that it's impossible to just read it through once and put it down. It's one of those books you have to go back to over and over again, to mull over what you've read. This excerpt effectively sums up the goal of the entire book, and now the goal of my life each day:
Please understand that something this important -- as important as doing God's will and living out His priorities -- will take a long time to complete. Indeed, it will take a lifetime. It's not something you can start and finish in a few days, weeks, months, or years. No, it is a long-range, life-long, wholehearted assignment from God. But be encouraged! This lifestyle is lived -- and built -- by following after God just one day at a time . . . and another day . . . and another day. So each day focus on the tasks and principles in front of you. ~ Elizabeth George, A Woman After God's Own Heart, p. 294 (emphases mine)

And finally, a quote from a friend's Facebook status that fits so perfectly today that I had to include it:
A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
~Henry David Thoreau
I hope these quotes have been a blessing to you and have been some food for thought. Be sure to stop by Stray Thoughts and read quotes from what others have been reading the past week.

5 comments:

  1. I love the quote by Elizabeth George. May I just take one day at a time.

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  2. These are all great. I love the one about books -- truly the best books are that way. And the first one is so apt -- sometimes we don't have the needed resources for winter because we haven't been storing away the right things.

    I definitely must reread that Elizabeth George book some time. The second quote of hers is encouraging in the thought of taking things day by day.

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  3. Deb ~ I think that quote is one that is life-changing. We (I) tend to try to think way into the future, when in reality, I just need to think about today.

    Barbara ~ I found the one about books after I'd pretty much finished this post, and I had to add it.

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  4. I love that last bit in the second quote: "By your daily choices, you will make your home what you want it to be." What a wonderful reminder that we (women especially, I think) have the ability to set the tone for our homes.

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  5. Bekah ~ It's so encouraging to know that we have a choice each day, but it's also scary - because we have a choice each day! :)

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Thanks for taking a minute to read my ramblings and leave a comment! I appreciate it!

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