Phillip Graham Ryken Quote

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When a mind is in love with Jesus, this is what it sees:  a world full of the wonders He has made.

From Hebrews 13:8:  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Phillip Graham Ryken (born 1966) is an American pastor and theologian.  He currently serves as the president of Wheaton College in Illinois.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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We aren’t just thrown on this earth like dice tossed across a table.  We are lovingly placed here for a purpose.

From Ecclesiastes 3:1:  “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.”

In Father’s Glory

From Psalm 121:1-2:  “I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

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Echoing message of love

From whom will lasting hope thrive?

Looking to Father’s insight

His grace through faith comes alive


Awaking every morning

Eyes look to heavens above

Witnessing Father’s goodness

Filled with everlasting love


Carving out another day

Safe in Father’s guiding hands

Following His righteousness

Watchman over distant lands


Walking with our Creator

In Father’s glory, each time

Scaling mountainous darkness

Mercy’s light fills every climb


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From Psalm 121:7-8:  “The Lord will keep you from all evil; He will keep your life.  The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.”

Maya Rudolph Quotes

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To have your childhood dream realized is a really big deal.

The thing you can do better than anyone else is love your children, because they’re your children.

Maya Rudolph (born 1972) is an American actress, comedian, and singer.

Maya Angelou Quote

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Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

From 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a:  “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable; it keeps no record of wrongs; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.”

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was an American author, poet, and civil rights activist.  Her body of published work is found in autobiographies, essays, poems, and numerous credits in plays, movies, and television shows.

Martin Short Quotes

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The thing you can always rely on, your core person, comes from your family’s attention and love.

No on is any one thing.

Martin Short (born 1950) is an Canadian-American actor, comedian, and writer.  He is well-known for his work on “SCTV” (Second City Television) in Canada and “Saturday Night Live” in the U.S.

Faith’s Blessed Actions (Elfchen Series #139)

Stepping Up


Christ’s call

Boldly following Him

Serving needs of others


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Life’s Turnabout


Jesus more

Leaving earthly ways

Rescued from tumultuous seas


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Making Differences


With humbleness

Touching another life

Living in Christ’s presence


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Allyson Dinneen Quotes

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You’re not here to be perfect or to set a good example or to please anyone.  You were born to love and enjoy your ordinary, peculiar, inconsistent, good-enough self.

PERFECTIONISM:  You have to do everything right to be loved.  LOVE:  You don’t have to do anything right to be loved.

Allyson Dinneen is an American marriage and family therapist as well as a writer.  As the above words attest to, much of her work reaches out to dispel the connection between perfectionism and being loved.

Barbara Johnson Quote

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Love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room at both ends.

Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.

Barbara Johnson (1927-2007) was an American author.  Much of her writing reflected a strong Christian faith.