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15 Inspirational Quotes for Strong Women

We all know a strong woman. Someone who has stood up and fought despite all the drama and heartache that comes with life. There are women who carry eternity in their hearts and bring life to whatever they touch. I have been blessed to know many of them.

Strong women inspire us and give us hope and courage. They remind us why we are here and that God isn’t finished with us yet. Strong women give us encouragement and help us look forward instead of backwards. They listen and help us heal from all the past hurts. They help us brush the dust off, shake our ‘manes’ , and get back up. I love them all – my daughters, and granddaughter, my moms, my friends, my sisters, and my fellow bloggers. You are amazing!

15 Inspirational Quotes for Strong Women

  1. “She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25.
  2. “Women are like teabags. We don’t know our true strength until we are in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  3. “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.”- Rosa Parks
  4. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou
  5. “I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn
  6. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall
  7. “If I stop to kick every barking dog I am not going to get where I’m going.” – Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  8. “God is within her, she will not fall.” – Psalm 46:5 img_0068-1
  9. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” – Helen Keller
  11. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony
  12. In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.” —Margaret Thatcher
  13. “We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.” – Marianne Williamson.
  14. ‘When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. “– Erma Bombeck.
  15. “Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.” – Luke 1:45

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12 Inspirational Quotes to Bring in the New Year of 2018

12 Inspirational Quotes to Bring in the New Year of 2018

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” — Mother Teresa

  1. “Remember who you are. Don’t compromise for anyone, for any reason. You are a child of the Almighty God. Live that truth.” –Lysa Terkeurst
  2. “Do not remember the former things,
    Nor consider the things of old.
    Behold, I will do a new thing,
    Now it shall spring forth;
    Shall you not know it?
    I will even make a road in the wilderness
    And rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43;18-19 NKJV
  3. “If you can’t fly, then run, If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
  4. “Hope
    Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
    Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” ― Alfred Tennyson
  5. “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” –Francis Chan
  6. “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” ― Brad Paisley
  7. HIS UNFAILING PRESENCE
    Another year I enter
    Its history unknown;
    Oh, how my feet would tremble
    To tread its paths alone!
    But I have heard a whisper,
    I know I shall be blest;
    “My presence shall go with thee,
    And I will give thee rest.
    What will the New Year bring me
    I may not, must not know;
    Will it be love and rapture,
    Or loneliness and woe?
    Hush! Hush! I hear His whisper;
    I surely shall be blest;
    My presence shall go with thee,
    And I will give thee rest.” –Unknown Author
  8. “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.” ― T.S. Eliott” I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
  9. “My soul shall be joyful in my God;
    For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
    He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
    As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
    And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
    For as the earth brings forth its bud,
    As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
    So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” -Isaiah 61:10-11 NKJV
  10. “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller
  11. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” –Abraham Lincoln

Breaking the Spirit of Poverty

I have been poor. I have been homeless. It was not fun. I thought at that time that God was mad at me and I had earned my poverty. I was wrong.  I believed the lies of the Enemy for a long time – and stayed broke. It was not fun, not one bit.

God does not give us a spirit of poverty. We were made to be blessed. We are the most blessed poeple on the Earth. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. I had to reject the lies that I had believed and embrace the Truth. God did not make his kids to be broke and wanting. God is a good, good Father and desires to bless us.

 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” –  1 Timothy 1:7 KJV

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Jesus has already paid the price to destroy the works and lies of the Devil. It is finished. Reject the lies. God does not want you to live in want. He desires to give you the desires of your heart. God is for you, not against you.

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” – 1 John 3:8 KJV

God made you to have life, and life more abundantly. He made you to bless you and to prosper you. Our Daddy is not broke and He does not withold any good thing for his kids!

 “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” – 3 John 1:2 KJV

Don’t abuse the blessing. Don’t start asking people for money and airplanes. Stand on the Word and watch what God will do. One thing I have learned is that you don’t have to chase the blessings. They will come to you – because God desires to bless you!

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.  And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:

 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.

“Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.

“Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you bewhen you go out.

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

“The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

“The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.  Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.  And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.  The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.  And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.  So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” – Deuteronomy 28: 1-14 KJV

 

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Veterans Day Quotes to Honor Our Soldiers

Every November 11th we remember the sacrifices of our Veterans, both living and dead. Thank you, for standing in the gap and protecting us. Thank you for your service, your courage, your sacrifice, and and your honor. We salute you today!

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Veterans Day Quotes to Honor Our Soldiers

  • “We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.” — Ronald Reagan

  • “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” — Patrick Henry

  • “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

  • “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it… it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” –Unkown

  • “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” –H. Norman Schwarzkopf

  • “The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” — Abraham Lincoln

  • “War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.” — Jimmy Carter

  • “And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” –Joseph Rodman Drake

  • “This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer Davis

  • “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” — President George Washington

  • “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” – Billy Graham

  • Never was so much owed by so many to so few” — Winston Churchill

 

16 Inspirational Quotes for Labor Day

What is Labor Day?

  • A day off with pay?
  • The last hurah before school starts?
  • the last vacation weekend for the family?
  • another day to party?
  • another day to do nothing?

I looked it up.  Labor Day is a public holiday or day of festivities held in honor of working people, in the US and Canada on the first Monday in September, in many other countries on May 1.

So in honor of all the working men, women, and children out there I thought I would share a few quotes on careers.
I’ve had alot of jobs in my lifetime.
My first job – housekeeping at at vacation hotel.
My worst job – baling hay at the farm for no pay.
My current job – customer service – yeah, the one job that has the lowest satisfaction rate I hear, lol.
What about you?
How are you going to spend this Labor Day?
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16 Inspirational Quotes for Labor Day

  1. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
  2. “I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.” – Maya Angelou
  3. “Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” – George Lucas
  4. “It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.” – Carlton Fisk
  5. “If you have a talent, use it in every way possible. Don’t hoard it. Don’t dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.” – Brendan Francis
  6. “If you don’t feel it, flee from it. Go where you are celebrated, not merely tolerated.” – Paul F Davis
  7. “If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.” – Walt Disney
  8. “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
  9. “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” – Dr. Robert Schuller
  10. “Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for doing it.” – Katherine Whitehorn
  11. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey
  12. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius
  13. “Begin somewhere. You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.” – Liz Smith
  14. “Passion is what gives meaning to our lives. It’s what allows us to achieve success beyond our wildest imagination. Try to find a career path that you have a passion for. ” – Henry Samueli
  15. “If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar.
    If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.” – Abraham Lincoln
  16. “Without labor, nothing prospers.” – Sopholces

 

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What profit is there for the worker from that in which he labors?  I have seen the task which God has given to the sons of men with which to occupy themselves.

God Set Eternity in the Heart of Man

 He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end.

I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good as long as they live;  and also that every man should eat and drink and see and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. ” – Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 AMP

Your Story Matters – Blog it!

Your story matters. It may not seem so right now. But you are not the only one going through it, that’s for sure. One of the the things I really like about blogging is that you get to meet people all over the world who may be going through the exact same situation.

When I blog about depression, I get to meet others who are in the battle and learn what worked for them to kick out the blues. When I write about my past domestic violence situations I get wisdom from others who have made it out alive. When I write about finding hope in God I get to meet others who have found Him faithful and true. We are a tribe of men, women, and children who share our hearts with people we have never met. I love it!!!

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I am more honest on my blog than I am with people sometimes. It’s really easy to pour your heart out when you just type whatever you think. There is a freedom in that. Your heart, your feelings, your hopes, dreams, failures – it is really addicting! It’s a total no judgement zone.

Do you blog?

What do you blog about?

Why do you blog?

I read my about page today – funny how you write that page and forget about it. It helped me remember why I do this:

My Purpose – To overcome adversity, thrive, and live an abundant life

My Mission – To encourage and teach others how to rise above their circumstances, enlarge their vision, and soar to new heights with God

My Calling – To use words and music to find and share hope is this crazy world

What about you? What is your vision? Do you have a dream? A calling?

I encourage your to write it down. It’s real then. It helped me focus on why I do what I do. It gives me vision. Without vision the people perish I read…

Plus, it’s really funny to read something you wrote like 3 years ago and totally forgot about. Blogging gives me perspective – on how far I have come, what I have overcome, and how faithful God is to His promises!

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10 Quotes About Friends

Friends. We all have them. People who have joined you on this journey called life. Some go, some stay,  some move, and some never leave your side.

Quotes about Friends

1.     “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”– Unknown

2.     “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” – Oprah Winfrey

3.     “Friendship is like standing on wet cement. The longer you stay, the harder it’s to leave, and you can never go without leaving your footprints behind. .”–  Moi

4.     “True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.”– David Tyson

5.     “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau

6.     “Nothing compares to the pain of a belly ache from laughing too hard with your best friend.” – Author unknown

7.     “A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.” – Author unknown

8.     “Friends are kisses blown to us by angels.”  – Author unknown

9.     “Friends are the family you choose.” – Jess C. Scott

10.  “I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

 

A friend loves at all times, And a, brother is born for adversity. – Proverbs 17:17


A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24


Thank you for your friendship. I appreciate all of you.  This life would not be the same without you. You are special – God made you that way. And I for one am grateful our paths have crossed.  God bless You! Diana 

 

10 Graduation Quotes that are not Dr. Seuss

I have been to 4 graduations this month. And out of those 4 there have been 3 of them that the teachers use Dr. Seuss quotes. Can I ask why? The kids that are graduating are either from High School or College. Do you know the last time they read Dr. Seuss? Probably when they were like 3.  Very strange. Maybe I’m just weird.

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10 Graduation Quotes that are not Dr. Seuss

  1. “Be bold, be courageous, be your best.” – Former Rep. Gabrielle Gifford
  2. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs
  3. “In the game of life, when the final buzzer sounds, the only stat you carry with you is the number of assists you made. So help other people put some points on the board.” – -Mayor Mike Bloomberg
  4. “What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.””- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. “Don’t buy society’s definition of success. Because it’s not working for anyone. It’s not working for women, it’s not working for men, it’s not working for polar bears, it’s not working for the cicadas that are apparently about to emerge and swarm us. It’s only truly working for those who make pharmaceuticals for stress, diabetes, heart disease, sleeplessness, and high blood pressure.” – Arianna Huffington
  6. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain
  7. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau
  8. “To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States.” – George W. Bush
  9. “There is no script. Live your life. Soak it all in.” – Dick Costolo
  10. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

Sometimes You Have to Laugh and Get Your Giggle On!

Laughter – they call it medicine. It has been proven to help people get over illnesses, change negative thought patterns, and bring healing!

Psalms 126:2

“Then our mouths were filled with laughter; our tongues sang for joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord had done great things for them.

Benefits of Laughter

  • Reduces stress hormones
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Increases oxygen levels to your organs
  • Increases memory
  • Boosts immune system
  • Increases creativity
  • Increases intelligence
  • Decreases pain
  • Improves sleep
  • Releases endorphin’s so you feel better
  • Helps fight cancer
  • Improves depression

Feeling stressed?

Overwhelmed?

Depressed?

Put on a comedy show, spend some time with a friend or family.

Shake it off and get your giggle on!

Psalm 118:24

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

14 Inspirational Mother’s Day Quotes

14 Inspirational Mother’s Day Quotes

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  1. “An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.” — Spanish Proverb

  2. “A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.”—Author Unknown

  3. “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” — Abraham Lincoln

  4. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” — Robert Browning

  5. “As is the mother, so is her daughter.” — Ezekiel 16:4

  6. “Mothers were meant to love us unconditionally, to understand our moments of stupidity, to reprimand us for lame excuses while yet acknowledging our point of view, to weep over our pain and failures as well as cry at our joy and successes, and to cheer us on despite countless start-overs. Heaven knows, no one else will.” — RIichelle E Goodrich

  7. “Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” — Harriet  Beecher Stowe

  8. “Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.” — Kate Winslet

  9. “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” — Unknown

  10. “The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men — from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.”  — Oliver Wendell Holmes

  11. “Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” — Stevie Wonder

  12. “Mothers were the only ones you could depend on to tell the whole, unvarnished truth.”―Margaret Dilloway,

  13. “Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart.” — Author Unknown

  14. “A mother is a mother still,

    The holiest thing alive.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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10 Inspirational Quotes on Not Giving Up

10 Inperserverancespirational Quotes on Not Giving Up:

  1. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou

  2. “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

  3. “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather

  4. “When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” – Author Unknown

  5. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

  6. “The best way out is always through.” -Robert Frost

  7. “If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

  8. “When you cstrength3ome to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

  9. “When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that’s just the place and time that the tide’ll turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

  10. “The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.” – Author Unknown

 

 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” – James 1:2-4 MSG

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“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” – Romans 5:3-5 MSG

 

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“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” – Galatians 6:9-10 MSG

Learning to be Flexible When the Wind Blows

According to the dictionary:

Flexibility is a personality trait — the extent to which a person can cope with changes in circumstances and think about problems and tasks in novel, creative ways. This trait is used when stressors or unexpected events occur, requiring a person to change their stance, outlook, or commitment.

What happens when the wind blows in your life? 

Do you bend with it or do you break?
Are you rooted in Christ to withstand the storms?

Or have you built your house (life) on sinking sand?

I guess in life the deeper my roots go in Christ – the more I can sway with the breeze. 

Life Changes. People change. Winds come and go. Will you bend or break?

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:2


Roots bring strength to the whole tree. 

They hold us up in the storms of life. 

Roots anchor us. 

Roots constantly grow and spread out. 

Roots carry water and nutrients to the whole tree. 

How are your roots these days? 

Need more water? 

Come to the Well!