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Going to believe September 16, 2013

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 9:25 pm
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I don’t know what lies around the bend, but I’m going to believe the best does. 

(from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)




Now and then November 23, 2011

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics,Young Adult — Kristi @ 3:01 pm
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One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live for ever and ever and ever. (from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett)

When my son is snuggled up with his soft, blonde head on my chest, breathing in and out in that deep infant-like sleep, I am quite sure.

When I can rest my head on the strong shoulder of my husband at the end of a difficult day and know that he knows me, that he knows where the knots in my back are to massage away, which kind of humor will cheer me, where to get the right french fries, I am quite sure.

When I walk outside and hear the fall leaves rustle across the lawn, still green beneath their golden hues, and feel the fresh air on my face and breathe in the scent of dozens of homes preparing for a holiday feast, i am quite sure.

When I think of the baby growing in my womb, the miracle that is the formation of fingerprints and eyelids and organs that will serve him all his life, and when I consider the wonder that I was formed the same way, I am quite sure.

One of the strange things about living in the world is that one sees so many temporal things. All things within my vision will change. It is hard to often remember that I will outlive it all. I believe the world in its glory will pass away like a season, and yet I shall live for ever and ever and ever.


Ahead of time October 28, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 7:49 pm
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You never know ahead of time what something’s really going to be like. (from Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson)


Do you think God minded? July 30, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 9:28 pm
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Mother, I guess I was naughty last night. I said, “Give us tomorrow our daily bread,” instead of today. It seemed more logical. Do you think God minded, Mother? (from Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery)


a little Anxious July 20, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 1:24 pm
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“It’s a little Anxious,” he said to himself, “to be a Very Small Animal Entirely Surrounded by Water.” (from Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne)

I have felt like Piglet a few times, tiny and entirely surrounded by water. One time was when I was a part of a ministry that fell apart spectacularly because of sin. In one week I lost my job, several of myclosest friends, and a ministry that I felt passionately about. I allowed that time to completely defeat me in certain areas of my life. I shut down in worship and allowed fear of ministry to rob me of purpose for years. I did not discuss it with the other friends who were also going through it. In other words, I did not call on my Pooh, Rabbit, or Christopher Robin to help me. As a result, it has taken much longer than it should have done for me to pick myself up out of the pit and go one with life and ministry, to have the confidence to use that episode for good when it was meant for harm.

Another time when I felt like Piglet was when I miscarried our first baby, April Baby, in October 2007. I could have just drowned in the sorrow of it and at times I really wanted to. But this time, I did call on my friends and family and they helped to put my feet on dry ground again. Solid ground. They prayed for me. They encouraged me. They reminded me to cling to the Friend and Comforter who could really help me. The one who said this:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.


Battle on June 2, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 8:14 pm
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We must try not to sink beneath our anguish, Harry, but battle on.  (from Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling)


She won’t be a stranger April 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:26 am
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If she had lived she would have been over a year old. She would have been toddling around on her tiny feet and lisping a few words. I can see her so plainly, Marilla. Oh, I know now that Captain Jim was right when he said God would manage better than that my baby would seem a stranger to me when I found her Beyond. I’ve learned that this past year…and when I meet her again I’ll know her–she won’t be a stranger. (from Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery)

This isn’t exactly a Mother’s Day quote, but I am using it because today would have been the second birthday of my April Baby. As I decorate cakes this weekend for a church dessert auction, I will wonder what my two-year-old’s party theme would have been. What sort of cake would I have made for April Baby? Which of my friends’ toddlers would be here, filling my little house with joyful noise? I guess by now we would have a little training toilet in the bathroom and crayon scribbles on the refridgerator.

Today I am not sad, as I thought I would be. I am content with the life I have, the wonderful little Benjamin I have. I love my little April Baby still and treasure that memory. But I can’t find any tears of regret or sadness today. You might think I’m crazy (you wouldn’t be the first to think it), but I’m actually having fun imagining what a birthday party in Heaven must be like. And I am using today as a reminder to pray for those who have lost little ones to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, abortion, ectopic pregnancy, accidents, etc. It is a hard road, but it does get easier with time. And there are so many waiting for us in Heaven, throwing parties that we can’t imagine. My heart is very tender to those of you whose pain is so fresh.

Shanna will post for the next two days and I will resume the Mother’s Day quotes on Monday.


A Magic Deeper Still April 4, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Shanna @ 1:16 am
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“It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of Time.  But if she could have looked a little farther back, into the stillness and darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation.  She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.” (from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis)

Hallelujah!  Christ is risen!  Happy Easter!


Anything so curious March 25, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 12:45 pm
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All the ingenious men, and all the scientific men, and all the fanciful men in the world…could never invent, if all their wits were boiled into one, anything so curious, and so ridiculous, as a lobster. (from The Water Babies by Charles Kingsly)


Do you believe? March 24, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 3:37 pm
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Every time a child says, “I don’t believe in fairies,” there is a fairy somewhere that falls down dead. (from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie)