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Quotes to Encourage Your Heart

Dealing with a rebellious or unmotivated teen

The Pear Tree

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, the fulfillment of your fall.

Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don't judge life by one difficult season. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.

Author Unknown


"Never despair of a child. The one you weep the most for at the mercy seat may fill your heart with the sweetest joys."


"Now you are deep in what seems to me a peculiarly selfless service. The spiritual training of children must be that. You work for the years you will not see. You work for the Invisible all the time, but you work for the Eternal. So it is all worthwhile."

Amy Carmichael, A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael
by Elisabeth Elliot


"There is only one place where we can receive, not an answer to our question, but peace--that place is Calvary. An hour at the foot of the cross steadies the soul as nothing else can. O Christ, beloved, Thy Calvary stills all our questions. Love that loves like that, can be trusted about this."

A Rose from Brier
by Amy Carmichael


"Many a man has kept straight because his mother bent her knees."

God's Little Devotional Book for Moms,
Honor Books, Inc.


"There is always one fact more in every man's case about which we know nothing . . . I have never met the man I could despair of after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God."

My Utmost for His Highest
by Oswald Chambers

Feeling exhausted, weary, and overwhelmed

"There is no greater love than the love that holds on when there seems nothing left to hold on to."

God's Little Devotional Book for Moms,
Honor Books, Inc.


"The highest pinnacle of the spiritual life is not joy in unbroken sunshine but absolute and undoubting trust in the love of God."

God's Little Devotional Book for Moms,
Honor Books, Inc.


"If you have the whine in you, kick it out ruthlessly. It is a positive crime to be weak in God's strength."

My Utmost for His Highest
by Oswald Chambers


"Never let a possible tomorrow muddle up today, or shadow it, or confuse it. Nothing that comes in the day's work is waste; it will all fit in one day."

Candles in the Dark
by Amy Carmichael


"If two angels were to receive at the same moment a commission from God, one to go down and rule earth's grandest empire, the other to go and sweep the streets of its meanest village, it would be a matter of entire indifference to each which service fell to his lot, the post of ruler or the post of scavenger; for the joy of the angels lies only in obedience to God's will."

John Newton, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
by Donald Whitney


"As a mother, my job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible."

God's Little Devotional Book for Moms,
Honor Books, Inc.


"Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She prepares for a world she will not see."

God's Little Devotional Book for Moms,
Honor Books, Inc.


"Can the boat sink when the Lord is in it? Can the heart faint when it trusts in God?"

Amy Carmichael

Feeling inadequate or lacking courage

First: He brought me here, it is by His will I am in this strait place; in that I will rest.
Next: He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child.
Then: He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.
Last: In His good time, He can bring me out again--how and when, He knows.
Say: I am HERE--By God's appointment, in His keeping, under His training, for His time.

Andrew Murray


"We also, before the temptation comes, think we can walk upon the sea, but when the winds blow, we feel ourselves begin to sink . . . and yet doth it yield no good unto us? We could not live without such turnings of the hand of God upon us. We should be overgrown with flesh, if we had not our seasonable winters. It is said that in some countries trees will grow, but will bear no fruit, because there is no winter there."

John Bunyan


The job has been given to me to do.
Therefore, it is a gift.
Therefore, it is a privilege.
Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God.
Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him.
Therefore, it is the route to sanctity.
Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God's way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.
The discipline of this job is, in fact the chisel God has chosen to shape me with--into the image of Christ.
Thank you, Lord, for the work You have assigned me. I take it as your gift; I offer it back to you. With your help I will do it gladly, faithfully. I will trust you to make me holy.


"Restless and doubtful we wonder why we have nothing to show for our efforts, no visible sign of progress. Let us remember the perfect egg--it is unchanged in its appearance from the day it is laid. But while the bird waits faithfully, doing the only thing she is required to do throughout those silent weeks--important things are taking place. Psalm 130:5, 6 'I wait for the Lord. My soul waits, and in His Word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning.'"

A Lamp unto My Feet: The Bible's Light for Your Daily Walk
by Elisabeth Elliot


"Look around you and be distressed, look within you and be depressed, look to Jesus and be at rest."

God's Little Devotional Book for Moms,
Honor Books, Inc.


"God's promises work their wonders while we see and act on eternal realities and refuse to be affected by temporal things to the contrary."

F.F. Bosworth


"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."

Corrie Ten Boom


"Without Christ, not one step; with Him, anywhere!"

David Livingstone


"To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge."

Benjamin Disraeli

Laughing and keeping it all in perspective

"A mother is a person who sees that there are only four pieces of pie for five persons and promptly remarks that she's never cared for pie."

God's Little Devotional Book for Moms,
Honor Books, Inc.


"A mother . . . fills a place so great that there isn't an angel in heaven who wouldn't be glad to give a bushel of diamonds to come down here and take her place."

God's Little Devotional Book for Moms,
Honor Books, Inc.


"A mother's patience is like a tube of toothpaste--it's never quite gone."

God's Little Devotional Book for Moms,
Honor Books, Inc.

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