Before I take the weekend off, I’d like to leave you with some quotes and things to think about. I’m hooking up again with Nicole at Moments that Define Life for her (and Sharon from Mom of 6) Listable Life challenge. I think this is a great topic that weaves so well into my blog. With this being a week of remembrance for all of those lost in the attacks of 9/11, I am reminded that grief affects us all. I am not alone. In fact, I am absolutely enveloped in support.
But… when I am physically alone and need some encouragement, these are the quotes/versus I look to for strength and perseverance.
This one absolutely gives me chills. I found this passage in a daily devotional my mother gave me called “hugs:Daily Devotions for Moms.” Do you know what day this is on? I’ll give you one guess. OK, I’ll tell you. December 12th. Does that ring a bell? (If you’re a new reader, probably not!) December 12th is the day my daughter Kathryn died. The devotion is about sadness, loss, depression, and how to respond when we’re hurting. Amazing. I still get chills when I look at that page. And I remember that God finds ways to talk to us. And I can rest knowing I am in His hands.
2. No matter how little we can change about our circumstances, we always have a choice about our attitude toward the situation. ~ Vonette Bright
Can I get an AMEN!!! If that isn’t the truth, I don’t know what is! Attitude is everything! And when I have a good attitude, I see things differently, I can be stronger, I can persevere, even when life is kicking me when I’m down. (Although I’m the first to admit it’s not always that easy! That’s why I surround myself with the people who will remind me of what is good in life!) If you agree with me on attitude, you might want to check out my post Mamas Don’t Let Your Kids Grow Up To Be Haters.
3. Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. John 16: 20-22
So much promise in these verses!
This quote is just to explain to others that it is ok to talk about Kathryn. It is ok to remind me of her. She makes me strong. Knowing how she suffered and fought for her life, even if it was only for a very brief moment in time… she is a great source of strength and perseverance for me.
5. Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. ~Marie Curie
Marie Curie is one of the first females I remember studying in school. What a brave and dedicated woman, and how much her discoveries have changed the world! I try to remember on days that I feel small and worthless that I too have a purpose and a gift.
And one of my all time favorite quotes (not necessarily about strength and perseverance)
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. ~Hilary Cooper
There are so many other great quotes and verses out there, it was hard to pick just a few! Thank you Nicole at Moments that Define Life for another great topic to make me think outside of the box and learn from other bloggers!
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