September 3, 2011

the half-full lemonade

confession: i am that person who orders a lemon with my water at every single restaurant and instantly grabs 2 packets of sweet'n low to make free and frugal lemonade. and i am also that person who after drinking half of my creation views the glass as half full instead of half empty.

but recently, life has been handing me lots of lemons but has been forgetting to provide the water and sugar to make the lemonade! and juggling all of these lemons is just not as fun as turning them into something sweet. i am slowly learning that peace is the sweet'n low of life and that having peace turns a lemony glass of water into a glass of contentment. so in my quest for the sweet'n low to make my half-full lemonade, i've found a handful of quotes that are helping to turn my potential bitterness into betterness and to turn my brief period of sour into something truly sweet.

i'm also discovering that the best way to encourage yourself is by encouraging someone else, so in the chance that you need some peace and encouragement, too, i present you with the half-full lemonade:

"peace does not come from finding a lake with no storms. it comes from having JESUS in the boat." john ortberg

"i am only one, but still i am one. i cannot do everything, but still i can do something; and because i cannot do everything, i will not refuse to do something that i can do." helen keller

"each one has to find his peace from within. and peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances." ghandi

"GOD didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but HE did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way." unknown

"we ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." mother teresa

"i believe in pink. i believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. i believe in kissing, kissing a lot. i believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. i believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. i believe that tomorrow is another day. and i believe in miracles." audrey hepburn

"i do not want the peace which passeth understanding, i want the understanding which bringeth peace." helen keller

"GOD cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from HIMSELF, because it is not there. there is no such thing." c.s. lewis

"peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures." john f. kennedy

"GOD grant me the serenity to accept the things i cannot change; courage to change the things i can; and wisdom to know the difference. living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as HE did, this sinful world as it is, not as i would have it; trusting that HE will make all things right if i surrender to HIS will; that i may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with HIM forever in the next. amen." reinhold niebuhr

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