Category Archives: Quips and Quotes

Brief thoughts. Big ideas.

“Wisdom Begins in Wonder” ~Socrates

Thought for the Week A child’s sense of wonder is a priceless commodity. Perhaps the only thing of equal value is the retention of that commodity into adulthood. ⇓ “Kids think with their brains cracked wide open. Becoming an adult, … Continue reading

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A Peaceful Heart

Photo by Marko Blažević “Peace is simplicity of heart,  serenity of mind,  tranquility of the soul,  the bond of love.  Peace means order,  harmony in our whole being…  It is the holy joy of a heart in which God reigns.” … Continue reading

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Don’t Pass it On

Photo by GAIMARD Thought for the Week “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” ~Romans 12:2 A high percentage of abusers were themselves abused as children–physically, verbally, sexually. Other people may … Continue reading

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Stop Squirming!

“For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. Therefore, do all things without grumbling and disputation.”  ~Philippians 2:13-14 †

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Summer 2021, Thanks for the Meme-ories

Summer 2021 was odd, but we pretended it wasn’t. And now that Autumn is coming, we’re conflicted. But then, we’re human, so we feel that way every year (see quotes at the end). Summer 2021, we hardly knew you. Click … Continue reading

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“Jesus Wasn’t a Christian”

I hear that statement a lot these days. First, let’s clear something up: the term “Christian” originally denoted* “Christ-like.” And so, in the truest sense, Jesus not only was a Christian, but was the first and only perfect Christian who … Continue reading

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20 Years Ago Today

September, 2001, was a tumultuous month for my family. We’d sold our Orange County condo, the only home our children had ever known, and on Labor Day moved into a rented townhouse in Burbank, California. The next day I would … Continue reading

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Shine Bright

“Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:16 My Featured Blogger this week is Gina Cash of On Scripture. Gina, who shares this site with her … Continue reading

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Yesterday I Was Foolish

Thought for the Week No one can remain young–although some manage to approximate it by remaining foolish. Sadly, our world encourages the behavior. And always has. The phrase “live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse” derives from a … Continue reading

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Make a Joyful Noise!

Tomorrow is the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish new year, traditionally tied to the birth of Adam and Eve, which is to say the human race. Its biblical name is Yom Teruah, or the Feast … Continue reading

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