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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I had just set my bowl of soup down on the table beside my chair. The local news broadcast informed me that all of the schools in Nashville and all surrounding areas are closed again tomorrow. And someone knocked on the front door. My heart hammered a little bit. Who would be knocking on my front door at dinnertime—and after dark? (Well, it was almost completely dark.)

As it turned out, it was my very cute, very sweet UPS guy, running about three hours late (he’s almost always here by 3 p.m. whenever he has something for me—maybe once or twice a week) because of the icy road conditions. I was very surprised, because I wasn’t expecting anything from any of the publishing houses I write/freelance for, and the only thing I’ve ordered recently is a new office chair—and I only ordered that yesterday. And from the size of the box, I knew it definitely wasn’t the 50-lb.-shipping-weight chair.

As soon as I bade Mr. UPS good-bye and entreated him to be careful, I brought the box in, extremely curious as to what was inside—especially once I saw it was from Barbour.

To my very great astonishment, I opened the box to see this:

A case of Little Whispers of Comfort for Busy Women, a gift book I compiled for Barbour last year!

LWCBW is one of those projects that comes along every so often that’s not only fun to work on but an uplifting experience at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed the hours I spent at the library surrounded by huge books of quotations and poetry, lyrics, and prose as I found those that were both inspirational and comforting to me personally. Here are just a few samples:

So I’d like to do another drawing (unfortunately, the three lovely ladies who just won the previous contest are going to have to sit this one out, just to be fair to everyone else—you can still participate by posting a comment, your names just won’t be included in the drawing).

Share one of your favorite inspirational/comforting quotes—one that you have posted on your mirror or beside your computer or written down on a piece of paper stuck in your Bible—by midnight tonight (Central time, of course), and I’ll draw FIVE names to receive a signed copy of Little Whispers of Comfort for Busy Women. Be sure to let us know where the quote comes from (who said/wrote it, what the Bible reference is, etc.) and why it means so much to you.

  1. Tuesday, February 2, 2010 7:06 am

    For years, I have been a collector of quotes. My favorite one is still the Scripture verse found in John 8:32: “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” To me, this quote establishes the foundation for freedom. All suffering results from the lie; all freedom results from knowing the truth and applying it to one’s life. Pilate asked, “What is truth?” Scripture tells us that Truth is a Person. Jesus said, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). In my own life, knowing the truth about Christ–who He is in me and who I am in Him– has set me free from tremendous bondage. Wherever there is bondage, there is a dearth of truth. Wherever there is true freedom, truth prevails.


  2. Meredith permalink
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 8:07 am

    Ny entry for the contest:

    Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Corrie Ten Boom



  3. Adrienne permalink
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 8:08 am

    There’s one quote that I have posted by my window and it reminds me that outlook is important. I got it from How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie. It goes along the lines of, “Two men looked outside of prison. One saw the mud, the other saw stars”.


  4. Tuesday, February 2, 2010 10:41 am

    This verse I’ve claimed since I was a teenager, during an especially trying time, and to this day it never fails to comfort me, and lift my spirits:

    “Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4


    • Tuesday, February 2, 2010 1:18 pm

      Why does it mean so much to me? Probably because what I’ve gleaned from it has grown through the years. When I was 16, my parents went into volunteer missions, which required us to move from where we’d lived my whole life – and theirs. I was devastated. Not only was I about to start my Jr. year in H.S., but I had a boyfriend. Shouldn’t that count for something? 🙂 One of our youth leaders at church gave me this verse. Back then, I thought, “If I’m good, and do as I’m told, God will do for me whatever I want.” Well, not quite. We moved, and looking back at what I call my “three years of exile,” I found that God doesn’t do what we say, he changes what we ask for. He just wants us to delight in HIM.


  5. Kate Shiloh permalink
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 12:22 pm

    When David slew Goliath, he didn’t brush off his hands and say, “There. Now people will know what kind of man I am.” Instead, he said, “Now people will know that there is a God in Israel.”


  6. Tuesday, February 2, 2010 12:31 pm

    Hey, all!

    These quotes and sentiments are fantastic—but to qualify for the drawing, be sure you’re following ALL of the directions!


  7. Jess permalink
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 12:48 pm

    “Remember your name.

    Do not lose hope — what you seek will be found.

    Trust ghosts. Trust those that you have helped

    to help you in their turn.

    Trust dreams.

    Trust your heart, and trust your story.”

    From Neil Gaiman’s “Instructions,” which tells you what to do if you find yourself in a fairy tale, but is, of course, applicable to everyday life.


  8. Amee permalink
    Tuesday, February 2, 2010 2:20 pm

    My non-entry: “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” Anne from Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery. I like it because I seem to always be messing stuff up (at least in my mind) so it’s nice to know that I can start over without carrying the “I’m a loser” feeling over into tomorrow.


  9. Tuesday, February 2, 2010 2:47 pm

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.” — Marianne Williamson, from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

    This is just a portion of the reflection. I first heard this “deepest fear” quote when I saw the movie, Coach Carter, with my son. We were totally moved by it, so much that I looked it up online, found the original text, and printed it out for my son. Then in elementary school, he was moved to memorize it. Four years later, in high school, he recited the entire reflection for his annual school declamation, and won 2nd place.

    For me, this quote makes me immediately see myself as bigger and more than I normally do, and makes me feel ashamed that I’ve ever allowed fear to rule me.


    • Tuesday, February 2, 2010 9:29 pm

      I love that, Patricia!


    • Tuesday, February 2, 2010 10:42 pm

      I love it! That was one of the most inspiringing scenes in that movie. I used touse that movie when teaching drug education, and my students always seemed more tuned in to that scene and more reflective than in most parts of the movie. It always prompted great discussion Thanks for reminding me of that gem.

      I never realized that he was quoting someone else. I will have to find some of her writing now 🙂


  10. Tuesday, February 2, 2010 9:28 pm

    Kaye, that looks like a wonderful book!

    I have this on my desk: Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
    Louisa May Alcott

    It just reminds me to keep moving forward, keep believing, and to enjoy the journey.


  11. Tuesday, February 2, 2010 10:37 pm

    One of my favorite inspirational quotes is found in the Bible. It is generally thought that Solomon is the author of the passage. Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. This scripture has always inspired me, especially when I don’t understand a situation or can’t see around the next bend. I know that I don’t have to know the future or understand everything about a situation, because HE has it under control. When I lean on Him (looking to Him rather than at the problem), He always directs me.
    Another version says He will make our paths straight. In other words, when we acknowledge that He has our trusting hearts in His hands, He is free to become a bridge to our future that bypasses the confusion of a construction process. He directs us through the short-cuts instead of us having to take the long road through more stressful situations.
    The verses that follow share that when we lean on the Lord’s wisdom and turn away from evil, he heals and refreshes our life.
    To me, all of these verses paint a picture of a loving father seeing a weary traveler by an intersection or crossroad, looking at each path not knowing which one to take. When we choose the path of his direction, he refreshes us along the journey and brings healing to our lives.


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