03/15…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.”
~Ps 34:4

Quote of the Day:
“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”
~“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupér

Excerpt of the Day:
“A whiskey-drinking woman knows that none of us fit in these neat little boxes. She’d never pigeonhole other women — or men, for that matter. She knows that each of us are infinitely full of gorgeous nooks and crannies waiting to be explored, and that the people who are willing to brave our fire in order to enjoy our warmth are the ones worth keeping in our lives.

She knows it’s not about what it’s in our glass, but the fact that we drink life in completely”
~ “For the Girls Who Drink Whiskey” by Kate Bartolotta at Huffington Post
Everything about this article is me.  To. The. Letter.

Currently listening to “XO” by John Mayer

03/27…of the day

Verse of the Day:
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
 Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
~ Ps 34:4-6

Quote of the Day:
“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.”
~Bill Watterson

Excerpt of the Day:
“When Payne arrived at the hospital on Nov. 19, though, he hardly recognized his friend.
Asleep in blue pajamas under a pink flannel blanket, she’d undergone chemotherapy that morning and surgery in the afternoon. Groggy and disoriented from anesthetics, Lacey hadn’t opened her eyes for hours. Her parents, Matt and Heather, said she hadn’t smiled in days.
Laaaccceeey,” Heather whispered. “Adreian is here to see you.LaaaccceeyAdreian’s here.”
After a few moments, Lacey rolled onto her back and opened her eyes. Sure enough, standing next to her bed was Payne, his 6’10” frame nearly stretching to the ceiling as he clutched the stuffed zebra he’d brought as a gift.
Grinning, Lacey extended her arms as Payne bent down to embrace the girl he calls his “little sis.”
“Superman!” she said. “You’re here.”

“I can’t find it, momma!” Adreian said as he rummaged through drawers. “I can’t find it!”
Gloria stepped away from the window and collapsed onto the bed. Cradling her, Adreian watched her take her final breath.
“She died in my arms,” he said.

People in Payne’s hometown still buzz about the day John Calipari landed his aircraft on the school’s baseball field—and about what happened a short time afterward.
Instead of hurrying to greet the Kentucky coach as he entered the building, Payne made Calipari wait in a hot gymnasium for nearly an hour before finally hitting the floor for his workout.
Payne, Calipari was told, was in a tutoring session.
And he wasn’t going to leave until it was complete.
Payne had to work harder than the other students at his high school to fare well academically. In kindergarten, he was diagnosed with a cognitive disability that prevented him from learning at the same pace of his classmates.”
~ “The Adreian Payne Story: How Michigan State Star Became the Ultimate Role Model” by Jason King

Currently listening to “Automatic” by Miranda Lambert

12/16…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand..”
~ Ps 16:9-11

Quote of the Day:
“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
~C.S. Lewis

Excerpt of the Day:
“I thank God for grace. And I thank Him for truth. If it weren’t for His grace, the truth would condemn me. But if it weren’t for the truth, His grace would have no power to change me.”
~ “Grace AND Truth” by Steven Furtick

Currently listening to “Winter Songs” by Hotel Cafe’

05/31…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“This is what the Lord says:
‘Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.‘ ”
~Ps 139:5-6

Quote of the Day:
“You are a necessary part of my journey.”
~Liberty (as seen here)

Excerpt of the Day:
“All my brokenness is a whisper that I don’t belong, and every time I don’t feel like I belong, the Scarred and Rejected God whispers, “Come here, my beloved.”
~“When You Sort of Feel You Don’t Belong” by Ann Voskamp

Currently listening to “Brave” by Sara Bareilles

05/22…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!.”
~Ps 139:5-6

Quote of the Day:
“The apex of God’s glory is his grace.”
~Tim Keller

Excerpt of the Day:
“Sometimes the circumstances at hand force us to be braver than we actually are, and so we knock on doors and ask for assistance. Sometimes not having any idea where we’re going works out better than we could possibly have imagined.”
~“What Now?” by Ann Patchett (seen here)

Currently listening to “The Great Gatsby (Deluxe Edition)” by Various Artists (Florence + the Machine, The xx, Gotye, Jay-Z & Kanye, Beyonce & Andre 3000, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, Sia, Emilie Sande, Nero)

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01/27…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn
through the sleepless nights,
Each tear entered in your ledger,
each ache written in your book.

God, you did everything you promised,
and I’m thanking you with all my heart.
You pulled me from the brink of death,
my feet from the cliff-edge of doom.
Now I stroll at leisure with God
in the sunlit fields of life.”
~Ps 56: 8, 12-13

Quote of the Day:
“I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I hope to be. But by the grace of God, I am certainly not what I was.”
~John Newton

Excerpt of the Day:
“We have surrendered our handwriting for something more mechanical, less distinctively human, less telling about ourselves and less present in our moments of the highest happiness and the deepest emotion. Ink runs in our veins, and shows the world what we are like. … Handwriting is what registers our individuality, and the mark which our culture has made on us. It has been seen as the unknowing key to our souls and our innermost nature.”
~“Why Handwriting Matters” by Philip Hensher

Currently listening to “Now is the Start” by A Fine Frenzy

09/23…of the day

Verse of the Day:
“Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!”
~Ps 150:2

Quote of the Day:
“We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

Excerpt of the Day:
“We get in a rush. We get anxious about something right in front of us. We try to hold it together and just keep going and we don’t see him. It feels like he’s not there. He’s nowhere to be found. Fear spurs us on faster. Worry throws blinders on our day. But, if we’d turn around for a second, if we’d stop running for a second, we’d see him.”
~“When it feels like God is hiding” by Jon Acuff

Currently listening to “+” by Ed Sheeran