According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – anon
Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord
Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater

Monday, November 4, 2013

What Kids Say About Their Moms

There isn’t a single day that I don’t question my abilities as a parent. And when these mothers start reflecting on their issues and doubts — yeah, that struck a nerve. But when their kids start saying what they really think about momma bear? I. Was. A. Total. Wreck.
There's a lot of pressure being a parent. We want to raise our children the right way, but there is no definitive handbook for every difficult situation and we're bound to make mistakes along the way. For most of us, we're our own biggest critic.
But what do the people who matter most think? How do our children see us? For Mother's Day this year, we did an experiment asking moms to describe themselves, and then compared that with what their own kids said about them. It's amazing what you can see when you look from a different perspective.

The Video Every Mom Must Watch On Repeat
Until... She... Gets It
The Huffington Post  |  By
Posted:   |  Updated: 10/31/2013 9:58 am EDT
"I struggle with my temper."
"I wish I was better at taking time to sit down with my child."
"I wish I was more confident."
Sound familiar? Motherhood comes with doubts. From the moment you hold your first baby at the hospital, and wonder if you've got her cradled the right way to the day your child calls from college with all the questions. There is no map. We're raising little humans here, and it is scary. And some days, the only voice in your head is the one screaming, You don't know what you're doing.
Except you do.
The women in this video were asked a simple question -- to describe themselves as mothers. They expressed those concerns listed above. Then, their kids answered. It's like when Dove had women listen to what other people remember about their faces, only it's not selling soap and is just about parenting (which really isn't a "just" at all).
Press play. Send it to all the mamas you know. Most importantly, believe it.
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50 Quotes on Mothers
May 4, 2012
Touching, funny, and provoking quotes about moms and mothering
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie
for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
- Tenneva Jordan
Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs
in my field, since the payment is pure love.
- Mildred B. Vermont
A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once,
and by car forever after.
- Peter De Vries
The phrase "working mother" is redundant.
- Jane Sellman
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me.
They have clung to me all my life.
- Abraham Lincoln
Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers,
but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.
- Pearl S. Buck
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss
at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
- Honoré de Balzac
All women become like their mothers.
That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
- Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
- Spanish Proverb
She never quite leaves her children at home,
even when she doesn't take them along.
- Margaret Culkin Banning
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts.
A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
- Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty
Motherhood has a very humanizing effect.
Everything gets reduced to essentials.
- Meryl Streep
In all my efforts to learn to read, my mother shared fully my ambition
and sympathized with me and aided me in every way she could.
If I have done anything in life worth attention,
I feel sure that I inherited the disposition from my mother.
- Booker T. Washington
Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.
- Lisa Alther
Grown don't mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child.
They get bigger, older, but grown? What's that suppose to mean?
In my heart it don't mean a thing.
- Toni Morrison, Beloved
A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future
but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
- Honoré de Balzac
With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.
- Isadora Duncan
Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.
- Erich Fromm
I miss thee, my Mother!
Thy image is still the
deepest impressed on my heart.
-Eliza Cook
Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall;
a mother's secret hope outlives them all.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.
- James Joyce
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
- Oprah Winfrey
My mother had a great deal of trouble with me,
but I think she rather enjoyed it.
- Mark Twain
My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw.
All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to
the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
- George Washington
There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box
has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes
from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.
- Erma Bombeck
When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?"
it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no.
You're going to get it anyway.
- Erma Bombeck
Life began with waking up and loving my mother's face.
- George Eliot
Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.
- Ambrose Bierce
If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
- Ferrell Sims
Motherhood is neither a duty nor a privilege,
but simply the way that humanity can satisfy the desire for
physical immortality and triumph over the fear of death.
- Rebecca West
The best way to keep children home is to make the home
atmosphere pleasant - and let the air out of the tires.
- Dorothy Parker
No matter how old a mother is, she watches
her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
- Florida Scott-Maxwell
The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic.
It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this
very love must help the child grow away from the mother,
and to become fully independent.
- Erich Fromm
There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.
- Jill Churchill
Mothers are all slightly insane.
- J.D. Salinger
I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford.
Then I want to move in with them.
- Phyllis Diller
Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs...
since the payment is pure love.
- Mildred B. Vermont
When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child,
I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.
- Nancy Friday
Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to 'jump at de sun.'
We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.
- Zora Neale Hurston
Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother.
- Jane Welsh Carlyle
A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher
A mother's love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking;
it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.
- Helen Rice
A mother's arms are more comforting than anyone else's.
- Diana, Princess of Wales
By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not
have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Mother is the name of God in the lips and hearts of children.
- William Makepeace Thackeray
Whenever I'm with my mother, I feel as though
I have to spend the whole time avoiding land mines.
- Amy Tan, The Kitchen God's Wife
If you bungle raising your children, I don't think
whatever else you do well matters very much.
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
- H.W. Beecher
The hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
- W. R. Wallace

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