Inspiration contains work by y-o-u that moves me. Quotes, stories, links, and pictures all find their way into my little folder. Then, when I need a boost, I click around. Care for a peek?
On pushing ourselves to act: I’ve ignored His call to reach out to the unlovely because it’s awkward, and I feel impotent and frail in the face of the widespread suffering around me. I’ve insulated myself from suffering instead, filling my calendar with music practices and planning meetings and play dates with people I know well. Besides, I think to myself, I have plenty of time, and surely God doesn’t expect a young woman with little children to do anything. —Joy Bennett, Deeper Story
On using our kids as an excuse: Sometimes it’s easy to get so family focused that we forget about our neighbors and other families in our community. We use the excuse that “our kids are our ministry” and we stick our heads in the family sandbox and never give a second thought to other families that might could use some encouragement. I do agree that our families are one of our ministries as Christian women but God has called us to even more while loving and training our children.—Melody Hestor, Life is a Bowl of Wedgies
On feeling defeated and surprises: At times, our two boys gave with—seemingly—no real compassion or understanding about those we were serving. They acted more concerned with turning on their Wii than turning on lights for the needy. —Dena Dryer, The High Calling
On good stories and heroes: And the older I get, the more I realize that maybe the true heroes, the ones really living out brilliant stories are the ones who never make much of a headline, anyway. . .It's the ex-wife who forgives her cheating ex-husband, even if he doesn't ask for it. It's the daughter who takes her Alzheimer's-afflicted mother to doctor's appointments and McDonald's every week. It's the husband who works a job he doesn't like, for the sake fo the family he loves like crazy. It's the man who leaves a hugely-ridiculous tip to the waitress, because he sees she's gotta-be 8 months pregnant, and there's no ring on her finger. —Laura Parker, Life Overseas
What about you? What have you read lately that remained stuck in your head long after the computer shut off? I'd love for you to share the link.
Linking with all the lovelies over at Finding Heaven today.