Category Archives: Quotable Quotes

When Do You Know If It’s Your Last Holiday?

happy-anniversary-card-for-spouseToday is Presidents’ Day…a special holiday set aside to honor all the amazing men who’ve shaped our country. I really want to share some thought-provoking quotations on time today rather than discussing the attributes and weaknesses of our various presidents (although I will confess to having done more than my fair share of complaining over the years and felt admonished by reading in Acts 23:5 last week, where Paul said, “You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people”). card-for-appreciating-spouseLast Tuesday was Valentines Day, and last weekend Alan and I celebrated our 44th anniversary. As we are now 66, that means we’ve now lived two-thirds of our lives together! That’s almost hard to imagine, even for us!!  🙂

I’ve really been thinking a lot about the privilege of still having a mate with whom to share holidays in the light of an increasing number of friends who’ve lost their mates in the past 10 years. In Sunday school, one of those friends, Jay Link, passed along some good food for thought on the topic of time, and I’d like to share a few of his quotes with you today:

“Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” Theophrastus

“Lost time is never found again.” Benjamin Franklin

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” C.S. Lewis

“Time is what we want most, but…what we use worst.” William Penn

“We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.” John F. Kennedy

“Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.” Thomas Hardy

“Time is the longest distance between two places.” Tennessee Williams

“Better three hours too soon, than one minute too late.” William Shakespeare

“Time = life; therefore, waste you time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life.” Alan Lakein

“The key is not in spending time, but in investing it.” Stephen R. Covey

“Mind the moments because they become your memories.” Jane Anderson 🙂

valentine-for-wifeJay’s thoughts: Allot time to each season of life with care and intention, learning to grow in wisdom as we go. Each season of life is new to us, and it represents a path we haven’t traveled before. If it takes approximately 10,000 hours to become proficient at something, that’s about as long as many of the stages of life we pass through. I don’t know who said it, but Jay mentioned that in a car, the front windshield is larger than the rear-view mirror, because what’s in our future needs more of our attention than what’s already behind us.happy-anniversary-cardAnd, here’s my humble thought from becoming increasingly appreciative of every day Alan and I still have together: You never really know when it’s your last holiday, so “Savor each holiday as if it might be your last, because it might.”

heart-shaped-valentineSo teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Psalm 90:12


Thoughts on Love for Valentine’s Day

“The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.” Blaise Pascalroses-and-liliesReady for some beautiful thoughts on love? Or, like Joseph Fink, do you think: “Valentine’s Day is a disaster. Any day that is designed to perfectly encapsulate something as messy and personal as two people in a romantic relationship would have to be.” Well, whether the quotes I’ve found strike you as funny, true, or overly idealistic, I was touched by all of them, and I hope that—whether or not you’re in a romantic relationship with someone today—these thoughts will cheer your spirit. Because, in all of them I found a kernel of truth that also expresses the way I experience God’s love. His love for us is greater than any human love, and the power of His love is the greatest positive energy for transformation in the universe!

“I know of only one duty, and that is to love.” Albert Camus

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” A.A. Milne

“No matter how much time and space may come between us, I still feel you.” Ken Poirot

“Love is an afternoon of fishing when I’d sooner be at the ballet.
Love is eating burnt toast and lumpy gravy with a big smile.
Love is hearing the words ‘You’re beautiful’ as I fail to squeeze into my fat jeans.
Love is refusing to bring up the past, even if doing so would be a slam dunk to prove your point.
Love is your hand wiping away my tears, trying to erase streaks of mascara.
Love is the warm hug that extinguishes an argument.
Love is a humbly-uttered apology, even if not at fault.
Love is easy to recognize but so hard to define; however, I think it boils down to this…
Love is caring so much about the feelings of someone else, you sacrifice whatever it takes to help him or her feel better.
In other words, love is my heart being sensitive to yours.” Richelle E. Goodrich

“Where there is great love, there are always wishes.” Willa Cather (and for some of us, wishes turned to prayers)

“They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.” Bill Keane

“We’re most alive when we’re in love.” John Updike

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” Lord Byron

“When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out.” Elizabeth Bowan

“Love is the ultimate no-calorie sweetener.” Richelle E. Goodrich

“Doubt thou the stars are fire,
Doubt that the sun doth move.
Doubt truth to be a liar,
But never doubt I love.” William Shakespeare (…and God!)

“So fall asleep love, loved by me…for I know love, I am loved by thee.” Robert Browning

“For ye will know not love, if ye knoweth not your God.” Henrietta Newton Martin

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
1 John 4:9-11 pink-tipped-rose-africa-copy

For the Healing of our Nation

lotus-seed-pod-meijer-garden-10-09-16“Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows.”
~Helen Keller

“In your hands you hold the seeds of failure or the potential for greatness. Your hands are capable, but they must be used and for the right things to reap the rewards you are capable of attaining. The choice is yours.” ~Zig Ziglar

“We need a spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together.
If we have no sense of community, the American dream will wither.”
~George Walker Bush

“If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail.” ~Winston Churchill

“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not,
but rejoices for those which he has.”~Epictetus

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.” ~John D. Rockefeller

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
~ Henry Ford

“It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“If you look at what you do not have in life, you don’t have anything.
If you look at what you have in life, you have everything.” (~Can’t find author)

“You can complain because roses have thorns,
or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.”~Ziggy

“We could never learn to be brave and patient
if there were only joy in the world.” ~Helen Keller

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world.” ~ Margaret Mead

“The first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself…Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, and humility.” (from Walk the Talk)

“We must become the change we want to see.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“The depth of a revival will be determined
exactly by the depth of the spirit of repentance.” ~Frank Bartleman

“Hold to Christ and for the rest be totally uncommitted” ~Herbert Butterfield

“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” ~Abraham Lincolnrose-in-rodin-museum-garden-5-8-16But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise
with healing in his wings
” (Malachi 4:2).

Birthday Reflections à la Rogue River to Help You Keep your Chin Up

feather-floating-on-water-of-rogue-riverThese last quotes are more like strengthening medicine for Roo than honey for Pooh, but I still think they’re good food for thought!

bridge-across-rogue-riverl-in-rockford“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” ~James Joyce

fisherman-on-rogue-river“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” ~M. Scott Peck

billows-of-bright-helianthus-salicifolius-willow-leaved-sunflower-along-the-rogue-river“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it
the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” -Napoleon Hill   maple-leaf-on-water“Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles,
they toughen and make strong.” ~Norman Vincent Peale   3-canoers-fall-leaves-beginning-to-turn“Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him,
and to let him know that you trust him.” ~Booker T. Washington   punting-on-the-rogue-river“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing
to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” ~William Jennings Bryan   sunshine-and-starry-water“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” ~Conrad Hilton  turtle-on-a-rock-in-rogue-river “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent,
but the one most responsive to change.” ~Charles Darwin  boy-canoeing-on-rogue-river “You will never be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline
are taken out of your life.” ~ James G. Bilkey  end-of-canoe-trip-on-rogue-river “Aim for service and success will follow.” ~Albert Schweitzer   a-blessed-day-canoeing-on-the-rogue-river“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it’s when you had everything to do, and you’ve done it.” ~Margaret Thatcher   little-boy-playing-in-sunshine-along-river-bank“COURAGE doesn’t always roar. Sometimes COURAGE is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” ~Mary Anne Radmacher   leaf-crowned-warriorFor a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again” (Proverbs 24:16).



Ya…Politics Again. But No Commentary, Just Quotable Quotes

hot-chocolate-heart-shapedTomorrow will be a momentous day in America. It’s the day of our national election. Today, I’d like to ask you to take a break and ponder a few timely quotations by some of our world’s thought leaders. May they inspire us all to pray, prepare, and turn out to vote tomorrow!

“Even if you are on the right track you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~Will Rogers

“Socialism is GREAT -UNTIL you run out of other people’s money.” ~Margaret Thatcher

“Always do right. This will surprise some people and astonish the rest.”
~ Mark Twain

 “There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.” ~John Adams

“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” ~ Helen Keller

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ~Henry Ford

“Additional problems are the offspring of poor solutions.” ~Mark Twain

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.” ~Thomas Jefferson

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“To reach a port, we must sail—sail, not tie at anchor, sail, not drift.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep for all your life.”
~Elizabeth Kenny

“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” ~Winston Churchill

“Do what you can with what you have where you are.” ~Teddy Roosevelt

“The doors of wisdom are never shut.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Change your thoughts and change your world.” ~Norman Vincent Peale

“The time is always right to do what is right.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

 “The doors we open and close each day decide the way we live.”
~Flora Whittemore

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” ~James 1:5, Bible

Rise Up, My Love (211): And He Shall Lift Thee Up

Song of Solomon 6:12 “Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib.”   Commentators are almost unanimous that this verse is the most difficult to interpret in the Song and one of the most difficult in the entire Old Testament. Various proposals to emend the text, remove the verse altogether, or ignore the problem have tempted translators and commentators from the days of the Septuagint to the present. The words themselves are all common, and all words but the last are used over 100 times each in the Old Testament. However, the syntax is unusual, and both verses 12 and 13 are very hard to understand. (As a young believer, I assumed the scriptures were “simple” to translate. However, about ten years ago I tried helping my son Jonathan make sense out of some of the esoteric passages he was translating from Eusebius’s commentary on Isaiah and quickly found myself totally out of my depth! There is nothing simple or unequivocal about translating ancient texts and syntax!)

The first four words of the Hebrew text are clear. Shulamith declared that she had not anticipated (“Or ever I was aware”) the turn of events. Before she could understand what was happening, her soul had been exalted “like the chariots of Amminadib.” The term “Amminadib” may be a proper name (Exodus 6:23; Numbers 1:7; Ruth 4:19; and I Chronicles 2:10). However, evidence seems to point away from this. No significance known to commentators is attached to the name. More probably, two words are involved— ‘ammi, meaning “my people,” and nadib, meaning “princely” or “noble,” and is a statement of surprise at the exaltation that had taken place.   Although commentators agree on what the text appears to say—that before the bride knew what was happening, she found herself being highly exalted—many commentators seem bewildered by what the text could possibly mean.

I believe this is because they have missed the spiritual message of the passage. They do not understand what transpired in verse eleven. The bride was not seeking for her husband in the garden, she was seeking her husband’s pleasure. She was seeking fruit for him. She had forgotten herself in her passion to bring him pleasure, and for this, he exalted her. Why does this never cease to puzzle and amaze people? The Bible is full of reminders that God exalts those who humble themselves.

Let’s consider just a few of these precious encouragements:   Job 5:11, [God sets] “up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.” Psalm 112:9, (A good man) “hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.” Isaiah 52:13, “Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. Matthew 23:12, “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. Luke 1:52, “He hath put down the mighty from [their] seats, and exalted them of low degree.” The bride was exalted because she humbled herself and became the willing servant of her Lord. She went down to the garden seeking fruit for him.

Now, it doesn’t surprise me that the bride herself was amazed at the exaltation. She was caught off guard because she wasn’t thinking about herself. She had long since stopped caring for her own pleasure and position. How true it is that real love has no eyes for itself. Her bed of ease and hands dripping with myrrh meant nothing to her now. She had become St. Augustine’s “prudent lover” who “does not consider so much the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.” Or, as C.S. Lewis describes it in The Four Loves, she had truly fallen in love: “In one high bound it has overleaped the massive wall of our self hood; it has made appetite itself altruistic, tossed personal happiness aside as a triviality and planted the interests of another in the centre of our being.” Such was the love that had developed in the bride…eyes only for her Lord, filled with His love, concerned only with attending him.

This verse also reminds me of Gladys Alward, the intrepid single missionary who led a hundred orphans on a trek across the war-torn mountains of China to reach safety. When they finally arrived at their destination, people were lining the streets cheering for them, but Gladys wondered in amazement, “For whom are they cheering? Surely not for us?” She had no idea that any of the people in the city were even aware of her life and death struggle. She had become a heroine without realizing that anyone even knew of her existence.  wiki-david-livingstoneSimilar accounts are recorded of David Livingstone, who went to Africa to preach the gospel of Christ, but “accidentally” and incidentally…and completely unintentionally… became a hero in the eyes of the world because of his amazing persistence in “exploration.” A news reporter went in search of Livingstone, and when he’d found the faithful missionary who was buried so deep in the heart of Africa, Livingstone marveled—he had no idea that the English press even knew of his existence…much less considered him a lost hero deserving of being found and “rescued!”   david-livingstone-meeting-stanley-wikiSo it is with the bride! She went in search of fruit for her master and suddenly she found herself as exalted as one of the noble princes of the land, returning victorious from battle in his mighty chariot! As Thomas a Kempis said, “He that loveth, giveth all for all, and hath all in all.” She loved, gave all she had for love, and found that in giving all, she also received all. Oh Lord, may it be so with us: may we truly love Jesus and give him all we are and have!

A Few More Bits of Wisdom from Past Presidents

red-and-white-striped-rose-manito-park-8-1-16-2Sorry if you feel I’m allowing my blog to be hijacked by the thinking of others, but my theory is that the erudite reflections of great men who’ve influenced my thinking might also be of value to you.  So, here are a few more political gleanings worth winnowing:   yellow-rose-manito-park-8-1-16-8“I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.” – Calvin Coolidge   red-rose-manito-park-8-1-16-2“You cannot extend the mastery of government over the daily life of a people without somewhere making it master of people’s souls and thoughts.… Every step in that direction poisons the very roots of liberalism. It poisons political equality, free speech, free press, and equality of opportunity. It is the road not to more liberty but to less liberty.”  Herbert Hoover   white-roses-manito-park-8-1-16“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.” —James Madison   pink-and-yellow-rose-manito-park-8-1-16“Recognizing and confronting our history is important. Transcending our history is essential. We are not limited by what we have done, or what we have left undone. We are limited only by what we are willing to do.”—George W. Bush

red-and-white-striped-rose-manito-park-8-1-16-3A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels” (Proverbs 1:5).