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Tuesday

17

January 2017

Inspired By | 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

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martin luther king jr. quotes

Best known as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement and his pro-peace views, Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered as an eloquent and well-spoken man (arguably one of the most influential in American history).

In recognition of MLK Jr. Day, which was celebrated January 16 across America, here are 20 inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. quotes:

  • “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
  • “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole stair case.”
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  • “To serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  • “Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”
  • “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
  • “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
  • “If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.”
  • “The time is always right to do what is right.”
  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
  • “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
  • “The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
  • “You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step.”
  • “I have learned this art: When I have nothing more to say, I stop talking.”
  • “Education without morals is like a ship without a compass, merely wandering nowhere.”
  • “Love is the most durable power in the world.”
  • “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

 

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Wednesday

20

April 2016

Hope Reflected: The Importance of Faithfulness, Even in the Little Things

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Lamentations 3:23 the importance of faithfulness

One of my favourite passages in the Bible is Lamentations 3:22-23, in which the author says, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

God’s faithfulness is great.

Whenever I read this passage or hear the classic Thomas Chisholm hymn, “Great is Thy faithfulness”, I’m reminded of God’s faithfulness. And I’m also reminded that we sometimes read those words or sing that hymn without truly taking in the meaning, and the value, of faithfulness.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, being “faithful” means to remain loyal and steadfast. To be loyal is to have “a strong feeling of support or allegiance”, and to be steadfast is to be “resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering”. Those are words with impact, and faithfulness is an impacting virtue.

While faithfulness is important in every aspect of our lives, I can think of three areas where the virtue of faithfulness is especially significant: Relationally, professionally, and financially.

  1. Faithfulness is a fundamental foundation in relationships. Hebrews 13:4 says that “Marriage is to be held in honor among all…” When we think about being faithful in a relationship, quite often the first thought is sexually. That’s certainly an important key, however I think too often we don’t place enough value on emotional faithfulness. Especially in today’s society, it seems to be more commonplace for women and men to go outside the marriage to confide in female or male friends, or even co-workers. Adultery doesn’t just refer to sexuality. Proverbs 6:32 says, “A man who commits adultery with a woman lacks wisdom, whoever does it destroys his own life.” Men and women alike should protect the sanctity of their marriage covenant. Proverbs 31:11-12 says of the virtuous woman, “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her so that he shall have no need of spoil.”
  2. Faithfulness is a fundamental foundation in your career. There’s the old adage that says “find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Maybe you don’t have the benefit of being in a job that you “love”, so perhaps you think your position doesn’t matter. It does. Regardless of whether you’re working in a job to make ends meet, or if you love your career choice, Colossians 3:23 instructs us, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men…”. Whether you love where you’re at professionally or not, we should all be working for God’s glory. You might say, “But what about my boss?!” Well, the Bible tell us in Romans 13:1, “For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Whether politically or professionally, no authority is in place without God’s plan being part of it. Rest in that, and do your best.
  3. Faithfulness is a fundamental foundation in your finances. Finances are always a touchy subject. Everybody has his or her own opinion about how to deal with their finances. But what does the Bible say? The Bible has a lot to say about our finances. Psalm 37:21 tells us, “The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives…”. As Christians, we are to be good stewards of all that God has blessed us with, and that means paying off debts as well as giving. Even as early as the book of Genesis (14:19-20), we are told that Abram tithed and gave the Lord a tenth of everything. In Proverbs 3:9-10 we are advised to “Honor the Lord with your wealth and the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” My Grama always reminded me that when she was young and newly married, she and my Grampa never bought what they couldn’t pay for upfront. It’s a good reminder that if there is something you want, don’t always be so quick to rely on your credit card. There’s reward in purchasing items outright and not owing anything. We should be faithful in our finances.

Faithfulness is a virtue that can be developed prayerfully and with good habits. Proverbs 28:20 says “A faithful man shall abound with blessings…”.

 

Originally published as “The Importance of Faithfulness, Even In the Little Things”. Minto Express. April 6, 2016: 5. Print.

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Monday

22

February 2016

Harper Lee Quotes

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Harper Lee Quotes

Born in 1926, Harper Lee was best known for To Kill A Mockingbird (published in 1960). To Kill a Mockingbird won the Pulitzer Prize the following year, and has been a staple in modern lit ever since. While Mockingbird was her most popular work, in 2015 Lee made headlines again when Go Set a Watchman was published.

In honour of the celebrated writer, here are 10 Harper Lee quotes to inspire you:

  1. “Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
  2. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
  3. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”
  4. “Things are never as bad as they seem.”
  5. “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
  6. “People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”
  7. “I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.”
  8. “As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t think you are the most important being on earth.”
  9. “The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one which makes you think.”
  10. “It’s better to be silent than to be a fool.”

 

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Wednesday

4

March 2015

Inspired By: Mother Teresa

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Mother Teresa Quote of the Day

She was an unexpected woman of influence, but from her flowed some incredibly elegant expressions, in word and deed. And while some wish to debate her authenticity and motives, one thing that’s for sure is that the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta has influenced generations.

Five truths we can learn from Mother Teresa:

  1. “Do small things with great love.”
  2. “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”
  3. “Give the world your best, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway, for you see, in the end it is between you and God.”
  4. “Be faithful in small things, because it is in them that your strength lies.”
  5. “…prayer changes us, and we change things.”
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Friday

6

February 2015

Charles Dickens Quotes

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Well my friends, were he still alive and writing, legendary British writer Charles Dickens would turn 203 on February 7.

In honour of my favourite author, — hey, I love Dickens so much I named my mini schnauzer after him! — I thought it’d be fun to share ten of my favourite Charles Dickens quotes:

  • “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” (from David Copperfield)
  • “The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’, and start saying ‘I will’. Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.” (from David Copperfield)
  • “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
  • “Take nothing on its looks: Take everything on evidence. There’s no better rule.” (from Great Expectations)
  • “Happiness is a gift, and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.” (from Nicholas Nickleby)
  • “Every heart is a profound mystery to the heart beating nearest it.”
  • “It is good to be children, and sometimes never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” (from A Christmas Carol)
  • “We forge the chains we wear in life.” (from A Christmas Carol)
  • “Do all the good you can, and make as little fuss about it as possible.”
  • “I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.”

What are your favourite Dickens quotes? What’s your favourite novel by Charles Dickens?

 

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Thursday

1

January 2015

Verses About Courage

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Ah, the fresh energy that comes with the commencement of a new year! For many, January 1 marks a clean slate to commit to better living. January 1 can also be a time to reflect on everything — triumphs and tragedies, highs and lows, — we’ve been through the past year. There will always be unexpected life challenges and events that occur throughout the year in each of our lives, and in addition to excitement, facing the uncertainties and unknowns of a new year can also cause fear.

I’ve put together five of my favourite Bible verses about courage. Referenced more than 30 times in the Bible, courage is defined as “the ability to do something that frightens one,” and also “strength in the face of pain or grief”. Courage is an attribute that can strengthen hearts and help us successfully navigate life’s challenges.

I hope these verses are an encouragement to you as you embark on your journey through 2015. [All verses are taken from the King James Version, unless otherwise noted.]

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Moses speaks to Israel and tells them to be strong and of a good courage, to fear not. This verse serves as an awesome reminder that no matter what, God is with us.

Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)

Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)

Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” In Joshua chapter 1, the Lord commands Joshua to “be strong and of a good courage” three times in the first 10 verses!

Joshua 1:9

Joshua 1:9 (KJV)

Ezra 10:4 “Be of good courage, and do it.” Matter-of-fact and to-the-point.

Ezra 10:4 (KJV)

Ezra 10:4 (KJV)

Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” I’ve had this verse highlighted in my Bible for years. It’s funny, because typically we wouldn’t think that ‘waiting’ or being patient would require much courage, but in reality, sometimes it requires the most courage of all. Not jumping to our own conclusions, not trying to force or our own will, but waiting patiently and working diligently for God’s best.

Psalm 27:14 (KJV)

Psalm 27:14 (KJV)

Psalm 31:24 “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.” This is the second time that David notes one of the benefits to being of courage: When you have courage, God will strengthen your heart.

Psalm 31:24 KJV

Psalm 31:24 (KJV)

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Thursday

29

May 2014

Inspired by: 10 Maya Angelou Quotes

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Maya Angelou. image via Oprah.com

Maya Angelou. image via Oprah.com

Her poetry was beautiful, she was an author several times over, as well as recognized civil rights activist; Maya Angelou was a woman of influence, and her life and words have inspired so many.

Today, I’m reflecting on her impact with 10 Maya Angelou quotes that have inspired me.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

“You shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

“Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall in love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that it was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.”

“Among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

“When you learn, teach; when you get, give.”

“All great achievements require time.”

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue consistently. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

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Monday

3

March 2014

Hope, She Wrote: Jumpstart Your Joy

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Choose Joy quote by Henri Nouwen

Having a consistently positive attitude can be incredibly difficult, especially when it’s so easy to get caught up in our day-to-day circumstances. In my latest column for The Minto Express, I discuss ways to jumpstart your joy, and get on the road to a more consistent, joyful heart attitude.

The winter can be a difficult time, with the shorter days, grey skies, and cold weather. (Seasonal Affective Disorder is a real thing, people!) I don’t think I’m alone when I say that there are definitely days when hibernation seems like it would’ve been a good idea.

So what can you do to jumpstart your joy? The great thing about joy is that it’s a constant, and a deliberate choice you get to make each day: Joy is not dependent on your present circumstances or your mood, because true joy comes from within. Joy is something that starts with your heart attitude.

You might think that jumpstarting your joy could be the happiness you experience when you buy a new pair of boots, or that feeling you get when you score some cute clothes at an incredible half-off sale at your favourite store, but here’s something many don’t often think of: Joy and happiness are two entirely different things.

Happiness by definition is a state of well-being or a pleasurable or satisfying experience. Joy (which comes from the word “rejoice”) is to be glad and content. Happiness is always the result of a circumstance or something happening around you, whereas joy is the consistent, content heart attitude that is unaffected by your surrounding circumstances or happenings.

For example, if you have a really bad day at work, or you get a mustard stain on your favourite white skinny jeans (hey, it happens), or you receive disappointing news – you wouldn’t be happy, right? But, throughout these circumstances, you can still choose joy. It doesn’t mean that you walk around with a dopey smile on your face all the time, it just means that you have perspective, and that your source of contentment comes from inside, not from outside.

Some simple ways to jumpstart your joy:

  • make a list of the things that you’re thankful for in life
  •  forgive someone who’s wronged you
  • volunteer with an organization that helps others
  • provide for another’s need
  • listen to a friend
  • pray

Do you see a theme with jumpstarting your joy? One of the key components of joy is putting others first. When I was younger, there was this song we used to sing in Sunday School, called, “JOY” and it was an acronym for “Jesus first, Others second, Yourself third” And that’s totally true. When you stop looking in, and you start looking up and out (by putting others first), the results are powerful and can have major impact on your life.

There’s a quote by the writer Henri J.M. Nouwen that gives some pretty sound advice: “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” Choose joy!

Robertson, Hope. “Jumpstart Your Joy.” Minto Express 26 February 2014: 5. Print.
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Tuesday

25

February 2014

Quotes about Joy

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I’m a huge fan of winter. I love grey skies, cold winds, and any excuse to sit inside with a piping cuppa and a good book. That being said, it’s long winters and dull days that attribute to the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Here are some verses and quotes I love on the topic of joy, that I hope will uplift you when certain seasons seem unending, and inspire you to jumpstart your joy.

Nehemiah 8:10 “The joy of the LORD is your strength.”

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Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy…”

“Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.” Leo Tolstoy

“Joy is the echo of God’s life in us.” Aboot Coumba Marmion

“Joy springs from within; no one makes you joyous; you choose joyfulness.” Unknown

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“Joy is a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters.” Oprah

“Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy, you must have somebody to divide it with.” Mark Twain

“Joy is not in things; it is in us.” Richard Wagner

 

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Friday

7

February 2014

Inspired By: Charles Dickens

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Quote from Nicholas Nickleby.

Quote from Nicholas Nickleby.

British novelist Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812 in Portsmouth, England.

Yes, my friends, today we are celebrating the big 202.

Throughout an incredible career, Dickens penned numerous novels and short stories. His first big success was The Pickwick Papers, which was published under Dickens’s pen name Boz. The Pickwick Papers were printed in a monthly publication, and became a huge phenomenon. Some of Dickens’s other popular works include A Christmas CarolOliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations.

Part of my personal fascination with Dickens’s works is the fact that the characters he created are each so intriguing. Even if you haven’t read any books by Charles Dickens, chances are you likely know who Scrooge is, or David Copperfield, or even Nicholas Nickleby.

Fun facts about Chuck:

  • In addition to his status as a novelist, Dickens served for a time as the editor of the Daily News.
  • Charles Dickens had 10 children.
  • The Pickwick Papers was published in 1837, the same year Victoria became Queen of England.
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