Inspiring Thoughts on Confidence by Joyce Meyer

I read an inspiring daily devotional from Joyce Meyer today about confidence.  Here is an excerpt that particularly stood out to me and was helpful:

What is confidence? I believe confidence is all about being positive concerning what you can do and not worrying over what you can’t do. Confident people do not concentrate on their weaknesses; they develop and maximize their strengths.

Let’s say you are not a “numbers” kind of person. On a scale of 1 to 10, you might be a 3. You could obsess about your inability to “do the math.” You could buy Math for Dummies and take a class at the community college. But your math obsession could eat up time that could be devoted to stuff you’re an 8 or a 10 at—like teaching God’s Word, creative writing, or rallying support for charity. In other words, you might rob time and effort from the 10s in your life just to bring a lowly 3 up to a mediocre 5. When you look at it this way, it’s easy to see where you need to invest your efforts.  (Quote by Joyce Meyer from her online daily devotional 4/2/14, http://www.joycemeyer.org/Articles/Devotional.aspx)

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Love Quotes (Take Two)

I must confess that I started to look up some love quotes for this post, and I meant to type www.brainyquote.com, but instead I typed www.brainyquote.quote.  YEAH.  I am really weary and my eyes are feeling very tired, but still I had to laugh at the irony of that mistake.  Sometimes all you can do is laugh at yourself, you know?

So, here are more love quotes gleaned from www.brainyquote.com

1. “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”

~ Mother Teresa

2.”The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.”

~ Henry Miller

3. “The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love.”

~ Jean Racine

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Au (Photo credit: JohnGoode)

*** I must comment that I find this quote highly thought-provoking.  If you do not feel love, then you are indifferent and do not desire to quarrel.  You can disagree and quarrel when you are upset or hurt or frustrated in a love situation.  However, a desire for harmony versus strife may lead to less quarreling and more embracing of love in all forms.

4. “The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.”

~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

5. “There are never enough I Love You’s.”

~ Lenny Bruce

6. “There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God’s finger on man’s shoulder.”

~ Charles Morgan

7. “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.”

~ James A. Baldwin

8. “Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”

~  Thomas Aquinas

9. “Love is a friendship set to music.”

~ Joseph Campbell

10. “Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.”

~ Barbara de Angelis

11. “Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.”

~ James A. Baldwin

12. “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”

~ Robert Frost

Also,  I always appreciate the example of Jesus Christ and His view on love.  He was mistreated and spoken poorly about, yet he talked of turning the other cheek and offering forgiveness.  That view is often not shared in this world of offense and unkind words.  I am inspired by the life Jesus led, and I find Biblical verses on love and forgiveness to be helpful in trying to live life the way that I should.

Pablo Neruda is a Beautiful Poet

Poetry is a beautiful way to convey the deepest emotions of the heart.  I feel that song lyrics and poetry are also some of the best ways to express love.

I stumbled upon the poet Pablo Neruda recently, and I had never heard of him before.  Actually, Neruda was #2 of top 500 poets the other day on www.poemhunter.com  before even Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and William Shakespeare.  However, when I just checked a few moments ago, Dickinson and Shakespeare have surpassed Neruda, who is holding his own in fourth place.  He is DEFINITITELY worth checking out (currently #4, #8, and #17 top poems of top 500 poem list are by Neruda on www.poemhunter.com).

According to Wikipedia, Neruda is a  Chilean poet who lived from 1904-1973 who chose that pen name (and later legal name) after a Czech poet, Jan Neruda.  Kudos to Neruda, and as I am part Czech and my Grandpa came over from there as a child, so thus I find his choice of name exceptionally awesome.  Also, kudos to whoever (i.e. inspiring teacher or poet aficionado or random cool person) has written various quotes by Pablo Neruda in a classroom at a building where I work….they led me to stumble onto Neruda and his love poetry.  Some of his poetry may be slightly racy, but nowhere near as racy (in my opinion) as Song of Solomon in the Bible.  A final random note from the entry on Neruda at Wikipedia states that he “always wrote in green ink as it was his personal colour of hope.”  I relate 100-fold, because most of the time I write in purple pen, since purple is one of my favorite colors, it is quite beautiful and inspiring, and it is a break from the dull monotony of black ink.

Here are some poetry excerpts by Neruda.  Enjoy!

Excerpt from “If You Forget Me” (Currently #4 on top 500 Poems; source= www.poemhunter.com)

“But

if each day,

each hour,

you feel that you are destined for me

with implacable sweetness,

if each day a flower

climbs up to your lips to seek me,

ah my love, ah my own,

in me all that fire is repeated,

in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,

my love feeds on your love, beloved,

and as long as you live it will be in your arms

without leaving mine.”

~Pablo Neruda
excerpt from Sonnet XVII (source: www.poemhunter.com)
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way…”
~ Pablo Neruda
A third excerpt by Pablo Neruda is from “Tie Your Heart At Night To Mine, Love,”
“So that our dream might reply
to the sky’s questioning stars
with one key, one door closed to shadow”
~ Pablo Neruda

Love Quotes

English: Love heart

English: Love heart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I find quotes quite awesome, and some of the best quotes out there are love quotes.  Thus, I have culled together numerous love quotes from a couple of sources.  In particular, I am a fan of quotes by people that I admire, other poets/writers/thinkers, and spiritual resources.

To get it kick started, here is a spiritual quote from a recent Air1 verse of the day that I appreciate:

“Love each other with geniune affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” (Romans 12:10 NLT; www.air1.com)

Here is one of the quintessential, classic verses on love that is one of my favorites to read when I want to read about love.  I find it a high standard to attain to, and I often fall short.  These verses are from the Amplified Bible, which I find cool because it amplifies words and adds new facets of understanding and shades of meaning.

“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.  It is not conceited (arrogant or inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.  Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]….Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].  Love never fails…..” (I Corinthians 13:4-8, Amplified Bible)

These inspiring love quotes are gleaned from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_love.html

“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” ~Max Muller
“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” ~Plato
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu
“Do all things with love.” ~Og Mandino

“Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever.” ~Leo Buscaglia

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” ~Albert Einstein

“I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” ~Mother Teresa

“Everything is clearer when you’re in love.” ~John Lennon
“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.” ~Judy Garland
“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” ~A. A. Milne