While cleaning and rearranging things after Johnny died I came across a box containing journals I've kept, some dated as far back as 1954. While reading through them I came across a letter somebody had written me thanking me for sharing some pages from one of these journals. The pages she was referring to were pages from a book I'd been trying to write for my Mom. I titled it "From Solitude- From Silence". I decided to share them again, hoping perhaps something in them will uplift or encourage somebody. What I'm sharing here are some of my Mom's favorites.
1- My life is a barren desert, Lord; flood it with rivers of living water so it will
flourish as a garden.
2- Lord, you changed my speech- softened my words;
Changed my heart-softened my touch;
Changed my mind-gentled my thoughts towards others;
Changed me into somebody I now like.
3-Faith not exercised is where doubt comes from.
4- Never look back to yesterday; it served its purpose- was only intended to be
used once. If you must reflect upon it, reflect upon memories that are good,
inspirational, taught you something or helped somebody: if there are none
leave yesterday alone.
5- Reading is a wasted effort if what you learned is not applied to life.
6- Nobody can change your attitude; you are in control of that.
7-We think we know ourselves until we see our reflection in somebody elses
8- We always believe what we tell ourselves.
9- Friendship disappears when abused, leaving the fool to stand alone.
10- Put others before yourself; love is like that.
11- Thank you for your hand upon my shoulder, Lord,
every morning, all day, and through the night.
12- Unwavering faith can handle anything.
13- If you lack faith pray for trials; you'll soon develop respect for those
who possess what you hunger for.
14- Success comes when we recognize how much we yet have to learn,
then learn it.
say the words then ask God to help you mean what you say.
Keep on keeping on, no matter how steep the hill; the rewards are always greater than the trial just experienced. Climb when you want to sit, work when you want to rest, live when you want to simply exist. You may not be aware of it sometimes but you ARE winning.
Have an awesome day, everybody. Love you much.