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Joyful Blessings Journal

Greetings All!
     I came back from my trip to India only to move into a new office down the hall.  As a result over a hundred boxes of books needed to be transported and re-shelved in the new office!  And in that process I came across things that I had not seen for many years! One in particular was a journal I picked up somewhere along the line because of the quotes on each page. That's what I will share today - twenty various quotes from the "Joyful Blessings Journal" that were gathered or selected by Marla Tipton.  I trust that some of them might offer helpful insights and encourage your heart.  Enjoy

"It is pleasing to God whenever you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart."
Martin Luther

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
Mark Twain
"Worrying is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere."
"You pay God a compliment every time you ask great things of Him." 
Teresa of Avila 
"The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves."
Victor Hugo
"Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every budding leaf in springtime."
Martin Luther

"Our life if full of brokenness -- broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful, except by returning again and again to God's faithful presence in our lives."
Henri Nouwen

"God often comforts us, not by changing the circumstances of our lives, but by changing our attitude toward them."
S. H. B. Masterman
"If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear.  His eye is upon us, His arm is over us, His ear open to our prayer. His grace is sufficient and His promise unchangeable."
John Newton

"A true friend (shares) freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably." 
William Penn

"Every now and then it is delightful to have the kind of laugh that makes your stomach jiggle... that sends tears down your face and causes your eyes to squint so it's impossible to see!"
"When I think upon my God, my heart is so full of joy that the notes dance and leap from my pen."
Composer Joseph Haydn

"value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar; but I cherish the friend who for me does not even consult his calendar."
Robert Brault

"The thought of You stirs us so deeply that we cannot be content unless we praise You, because You have made us for Yourself, and our hearts find no peace until they rest in You."
St. Augustine

"Consider the postage stamp; its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there." 
Josh Billings
"Gratefulness is the key to a happy life which we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy, because we will always want to have something else or something more."
Brother David Steindl-Rast

"God cannot give us happiness apart from Himself, because it is not there, There is no such thing."
C. S. Lewis

"How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource!  We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go.  And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven."
George MacDonald
"Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace."
Jerry Bridges

"Happy is the one who has learned to hold the things of this world with a loose grip. Of all classes and descriptions of people on this earth, they are the happiest of whom it may be said that the things most hoped for by them are the things not seen."
Mennonite Writings

With Prayers for the Abundance of God's Grace to You, Pastor Jeff