“The heavens will not be filled with those who never made mistakes but with those who recognized that they were off course and who corrected their ways to get back in the light of gospel truth.”
― Dieter F. Uchtdorf
At sunset, my weary body rests on the ground.
Fingers stretched gripping sand.
Bronzed skin glistens under the citrus sun.
As the sun mingles with the horizon, anguish sets in.
Inhaling salty air into my lungs.
Distracts my eyes from trailing tears to my lips.
“I am sorry,” are three words I am too proud to say.
Apologies echo throughout my dreams until night turns into day.
Guilt, sorrow, fear and confusion I leave at the shore.
Sea foam washes my crown and I emerge pure.
©2012 Jade Jarvis
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
- What is Repentance? (gilreathpreachersonline.com)
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
― Siddhārtha Gautama
Self-love is accepting the positivity and negativity dwelling within and having the confidence to replace darkness with light.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” ― Abraham Lincoln
An argumentative person is reduced to a raging ego. Before venting, carefully measure your words before they exit your mouth. You may save yourself from arguing with someone who actually agrees with you.
“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” (Proverbs 14:29)
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss
Love is the dominant force in my life. Each year God brings awesome people in my life, to give me the essential support to confidently hike the narrow path. Obstacles may sprout in my trail, but also will roses.
“4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
“A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.“
― Thomas Merton
Mirrors and eyes only provide reflections. If we ever were able to view our true image, we would see Jesus Christ.
“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)
Heavenly Father, I embrace your grace this day,
So that I might not:
Think of another,
Speak to another or
without first looking for
Your Face in the other.
I ask all this through
God with Skin,
God made Poor,
God with a Face. Amen!
― Jim Pinto, Jr.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
― Mother Teresa
If you desire love, give love.
If you desire peace, be charitable.
If you desire God’s grace, His blessings you must share.
©2012 Jade Jarvis
“give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:37-38)
“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”
― Dalai Lama
Kind words are blessings. It reminds you of why you should and need to be alive.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
"Mourn not the dead that in the cool earth lie, but rather mourn the apathetic, throng the coward and the meek who see the world's great anguish and its wrong, and dare not speak." -Ralph Chaplin
The moment you can walk past someone in need without any concern for their suffering is the moment you lose the one quality separating you from animals. Humanity.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:35-40)
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Up to his nest again, I shall not live in vain. -Emily Dickinson
God of mercy, make my heart like yours. Help me to love others without reservation, especially my enemies. No matter the cost, I will assist them the best way I can. Open my eyes to the needs of others; especially my loved ones and grant me the graces necessary to help them.
As you are merciful to me, so I must be to others. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:8-14)
Love is the seed of the heart. Every kind word and gesture you give to others, waters the seeds of love within their heart.
1 Peter 4:8-10, “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”