Gracious Living

“Most of all, someone has taken the trouble to make things nice – to fluff up the pillows, fill a vase with flowers, put down freshly laundered throw rugs, or set a pot of potpourri to simmer. These little grace notes of sight and scent do more to make a home […]

Every Day is a Gift

From a recent entry to my Commonplace Book:

“Each morning God reaches out of eternity, and gives us a gift: today.

I used to think that my day was something that I invited God into each day.

But the truth is, God is there already. […]

Easy Multiplication

I’m adding this quote to my Commonplace Book today.  It’s a great way to multiply, don’t you think?

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought;

and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

From the Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton, as […]

Rereading Good Books

On the rereading of good books, and especially for Brenda:

“I savor remembered details, greet favorite scenes or sections with pleasure, wonder why I turned up the corner (my bad habit for marking special pages) or recall the reasons why a pencil line or exclamation mark was left.  There is coziness, friendliness and reassurance in […]

From My Commonplace Book

Thus the very hour of disillusionment with my brother becomes incomparably salutary, because it so thoroughly teaches me that neither of us can ever live by our own words and deeds, but only by that one Word and Deed which really binds us together – the forgiveness of sins in Jesus Christ.  When the morning […]

Digging Ditches

“Mothering is like ditch-digging.  As mothers we can do nothing to persuade or convince our children to love God.  We can dig the ditches, but we can’t fill them.  We can teach our children about God, pray for them, live the Christian life before them, and expose them to others who love and serve […]

The Creche To The Cross

“His birth and his death are but one continual act, and his Christmas Day and his Good Friday are but the evening and the morning of one and the same day.  From the creche to the cross is an inseparable line.  Christmas only points forward to Good Friday and Easter.  It can have no meaning […]

Contentment & Thankfulness

     From my Commonplace book:

“All our discontents about what we want appeared to me to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have.”Daniel Defoefrom Robinson Crusoe


     Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!


House or Home?

From my Commonplace Book:

“Unlike a house, whose value is usually determined by the neighborhood where it sits or the number of bedrooms and bathrooms it has, a home’s intrinsic value is made up of the intangible things that cannot be determined by amenities.”Pamela J. Bailey, in Sanctuary: Creating a Blessed Place to Live and […]

The Words Of The Song

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words” – Author Unknown

     Added today to my Commonplace Book.  I’m so thankful for my friend, Jean, who sang the words of my heart’s song to me today in an email!