Photo Credits~

(owl:donaldthompson95 on flickr, luna:BillLepidoptera/ on flickr, willow/fence:trensamiro on flickr, all remaining: Merana Leigh)

Psalm 25:4-5

Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths;

guide me in your truth and teach me,

for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long (NIV)

Drench yourself in words unspoken, Live your life with arms wide open,

Today is where your book begins, The rest is still unwritten. ("Unwritten" by Natasha Beddingfield)

It matters not how long we live, but how!

Favorite Quotes

From Simple Gifts by Lori Copeland:

You can live your life acting your age, and be bored to tears, or you can do something silly once in a while, just for the pure enjoyment of it.

Age is just a matter of mind.  You got it.  If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

I can choose to let others validate my happiness, or I can make my own.

... God can do everything, that's true, but if nothing bad happened in our lives, we might get the idea that we didn't need him.

... He lets life happen and sometimes what we think is a burden is really a blessing.

Even when we rebel, when we go our own foolish way, God is there.  And he still cares for us, doesn't he?

From An Undivided Heart by Vonette Bright and Nancy Moser

God never wastes a hurt.  We're supposed to share our life's lessons.

... our society's obsess[ed] with beauty.  Transient beauty.  Beauty that does not last.  This is the complete opposite of what God wants us to focus on. ... having our looks change and fade...that's all part of His plan.  He could have rigged it so we never looked a day over twenty, couldn't he?  But if our looks didn't fade, then we'd depend on them, we'd fail to look beyond them - to our most important attribute: a gentle & quiet spirit.  [we] might not realize how precious we are to Him because of who we are inside.

I've been a prisoner to a relationship that was never healthy, to being a woman who wasn't truly me, to trying to please others at the expense of doing the right thing, to being afraid to trust God's plan instead of my own, and mostly, a prisoner to my inability to forgive [________] and even myself.

From A Place to Belong by Vonette Bright and Nancy Moser

[when someone you love dies] Love doesn't die with them.  It just bends itself into a new shape.