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Welcome Have you ever read a quote, sentence, or passage and thought, “Wow, that’s really good. I need to remember that.” We see and hear them in the books we read, the movies we watch, and the social media we scroll through. The best quotes are usually short and to the point, making them easy to remember. I have an entire board on Pinterest titled “Smart Quotes.” I have over 200 pins on that board, all the little mantras, sayings, phrases, and mottos I want to use in my life. Some of them just reflect how I’m feeling on any given day, but a lot of them are imparting words of wisdom I can use on a daily basis. If I try to live my life by these catchy proverbs for the modern worlds, I might just be able to improve my thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Food For Thought I certainly won’t share all of the quotes here, but a few of my recent favorites include the following:
Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before deciding to enjoy your life. Joyce Meyer
Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating everything that is. Mandy Hale
Don’t complain about things you’re not willing to change. Unknown
Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith. Elisabeth Elliot
You can’t start the next chapter if you keep rereading the last. Unknown
These are all very good sayings. They might help me become a better person with a more positive state of mind. If I could just commit them to my brain and apply them to my life. Always easier said than done! I certainly wish I complained less. I would love to be present and celebrate my life now, instead of longing for things that may, or may not, come in the future. I would like to dwell less on the past so I can move on with my future.
First, I have to choose to make each day better. I can choose joy, happiness, and contentment. Or I can choose to spend my time dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. I can choose to complain or I can choose to take action. I can choose gratitude. I can choose to make each day the best it possibly can be for who I am.
The second, and probably bigger component, is my faith. Because I believe in one God who is bigger than me, bigger than my problems and worries, bigger than this big, chaotic world, I can go about my daily life with peace, calm, and tranquility. That’s what I’m striving for, that is, if striving and peace can be used in the same action step. My faith is connected to just about every decision I make on a day-to-day basis. My decisions and actions will reflect that yes, I do trust God to take care of me today. Or, my choices may reflect that I still have a tight grip on the control panel. If I’m fretting about each day, over past, present, or future, I’m not truly letting God take control and guide me.
So, smart quotes are good to read, even memorize a few, but they don’t change my life for the better. I have to make that choice on my own and allow God to guide my steps.
Today’s Scriptures I really don’t think we can get any “smarter” quotes than those found in the Bible. The number of life lessons and wisdom found between the covers of this holy book is really quite grand. Here are just a few of my favorites (taken from the ESV Bible (Crossway; 2001)
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious to itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ Hebrews 13:5
And he said to them, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-38
These are the quotes I need to focus on, commit to memory, and apply to my life. I’m working on that!
Today’s Bible Journaling I just completed this Bible journal page for “The Greatest Commandment,” which I believe is the one smart quote God would want us to be living every single day. My inspiration for this page came from @lynzeebrooke on Instagram, via Pinterest.
I used watercolor markers to complete this page. I wish I had used regular watercolor or watercolor colored pencil instead. This page is much darker than what I had hoped for. Always a learning and growing process, right?
I also use a variety of media, ranging from ink pens and pencils to paints and markers. I occasionally use stickers and washi tape, as well. To see more Bible journaling pages, click on my Arts and Crafts page in the menu bar.