Saturday, September 3, 2016

Power & Sparklette: Mini Challenge Week 1


Always take the scenic route. :)
Hey guys! If you’ve been hanging around us for any length of time, you’ve gazed upon, participated in, or maybe even WON one of our monthly cardmaking challenges. Power & Spark is hosted by the Bloom Brigade, and the themes are designed to get you excited to use your stamps in a fresh arrangement, to give you an inspiring push, and to focus your design in a direction that may not have occurred to you.

We love seeing the efforts you all share with us each month, they range from charming beginners to the exquisitely advanced, and I have to say, I am always impressed by what I see. It’s hard to color inside the lines of those tiny drawings, much less bring them together with other design elements to create a really cool card. And you guys are improving your skills and broadening your range of talents. You’re getting SO GOOD!

In fact, I would say we’re getting to the point where we can push your creativity even further, and maybe even deeper.

We’re going to take a quick hiatus from our monthly challenges to bring you something new. Each Saturday in September I’ll be sharing a challenge — and it will only last for a few days! Then we’ll throw out another idea. Short n’ snappy-like. Then another. You get the picture. My goal is get you into a zone of open-mindedness and fresh thinking before you even sit down to make a card. We’re just doing some creative re-calibration, and I hope that as many of you as possible will join us on this ride. Oh, and there will be prizes. ’Cause who doesn’t love prizes? Introducing:


For the first mini challenge, get this — we’re not even going to color or stamp.

Power & Sparklette: Week 1
Share a favorite quote, saying, or verse that inspires you in the comments section of this blog post.

It can be a jaw-dropper with huge insights. It can state the obvious, but in a way that’s clever. Maybe it helps shift you into another state of mind. Whatever it is, it speaks to you. It makes you go “hmm” or “wow!”, feel relief, deepen your faith, or bust out laughing. I would love if you would explain what it means to you, why you return to it again and again. Or if it’s new to you, why it has captured your spirit.

I’ll get us started with a quote that seems to do this for me without fail:


Talk about a perspective-changer! “You are not just a drop in the ocean, you are the mighty ocean in the drop.” The 13th-century poet Rumi wrote this observation, and I have scrawled it on more than a few Post-Its to remind myself that we are so much more powerful than we may think. We have all the tools already within us to do whatever we need to do.

Now, you try. I am hoping that we can fill up pages of inspiring quotes. That is my goal with Power & Sparklette Week 1. So that when you share your meaningful quote, you may also see other folks’ favorites, be it a Bible verse or one of Ben Franklin’s witty quips, or that funny thing that somebody’s Grandma used to always say. We’re going to do something with these, but I’m not ready to spill the beans on that yet. For now, let’s think about words that inspire us.

Next week, I’m going to choose one of the submitted quotes to illustrate (more neatly than the one I showcased above!) as a drawing that can be colored in, and I will share it as a free download on the Power Poppy blog!

So here we go, folks, what is one of your favorite inspiring quotes?

161 comments:

  1. Well I'll get the ball rolling! I love this quote because it reminds me that it's OK if my coloring is not "perfect." Making mistakes is part of the process and sometimes my "mistakes" end up being happy surprises.

    "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert

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  2. A quote about family and ancestry that I like is, "We are who we are because they were who they were." It might be Maya Angelou, but I am not sure, she might have been quoting someone else.

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  3. "Don't let anyone dull your sparkle!"
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    "Always look on the bright side of life!"

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  4. So many to choose from!! I'll go with this: "When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there." ~ George Harrison (Within You Without You)

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  5. I Really like this idea for a challenge. Some great comments already. I found this on Pinterest and loved it. "At some point you just have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in what is happening".

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  6. The first quote that entered my mind (as a former elementary teacher) is one I said to my students a time or two. "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". It's from Henry Ford and I really like the lesson on perspective.

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  7. I just ran across this one: Seek respect not attention, it lasts longer.
    Our family's favorite to say all the time: It is better to give than to receive! Can't wait to see where you are going with these sayings!

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  8. Oh FUN! Love your quote (especially being a few feet from the ocean!) My most favorite quote of all time is one that made me really, really think and NOT just in my gardens but about all aspects of life. If We Could See The Miracle Of A Single Flower Clearly, Our Whole Life Would Change.....Buddha~~

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  9. "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, screaming, 'WOO HOO! WHAT A RIDE!'" Love this quote. Found it on Pinterest.com.

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  10. This is one of my favorite verses - "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21". When I was in my final year in college, one day I was wondering what I should do in my life. The very next day, I read this verse during my morning Bible reading.
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

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  11. I have an entire notebook of quotes that I refer to for inspiration and am constantly adding to it. I have so many it's hard to choose but here's mine. "Some books you read, Some books you enjoy, But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul". Ok, one more. "Nothing stands between a girl and her coffee." Thanks for the fun challenge.

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  12. "In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength" -- This part of the verse from Isaiah 30:15 is really meaningful to me after struggling with some anxiety issues since my husband's unexpected brain surgery last year. It helps me remember how to quiet the fears and that I can go forward in confidence when my hope is in the Lord.

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    1. Oh, Tricia, I remember that time well, and this is a very special verse for me as well.

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  13. When I first started crafting I used this thought often ,"there are no mistakes, just creative adventures

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  14. I have been blessed with so many true friends, a very precious gift. What more could we ask for? I love this quote from Kathleen Taylor:
    "She believed that friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

    I also love this one:
    "Every artist dips her brush into her own soul, and paints her own truth into her pictures." ~Unknown.

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    1. This is a beautiful quote. I think this is the way I feel when I paint or create a card. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. One of my absolute favorite quotes comes from a movie starring Dustin Hoffman as a quirky, eccentric man by the name of Mr. Magorium. He was giving advice to his apprentice, who was a little insecure and unsure of herself. He said, "Your life is an occasion. Rise to it." His words touched my heart and that was the year I decided to share my art with others.

    Another favorite is from the Wizard of Oz. "You've always had the power to go back to Kansas" is what Glenda, the Good Witch said to Dorothy. But, we have shortened it to, "You've always had the power." This speaks to my inner strength.

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  16. Marcie, this is an exciting idea and I will be participating as soon as I return to the states and my craft room. Recently, I came across a statement that has been in my mind. Fine your tribe and love them hard. Author unknown. This is just a start, there are so many out there to choose from.

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  17. Ok Marcie I just think this is a wonderful idea. I have saved lots of inspiring statements/quotes to my screensaver folder - there are so many. So my idea for life is to Live life to the full, enjoy every moment....my quote is - Begin Each Day as if it were on Purpose. All of the above quotes have so much meaning and inspiration...hugs everyone

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  18. Having my husband just passed away this may be my theme song. " Don't worry 'bout ,a thing 'cause every little thing is gonna be alright.' Don't know who but got it from Jenny's Sketchbook.

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  19. "Seek not outside yourself ~ Heaven is within." ~ Mary Lou Cook ♥
    These words have inspired me this year as I 'blossom' (my One Little Word 2016) in new artistic ways. It gives me the courage to practice more and share my cards and watercolors.

    I just love this growing collection of inspirational quotes! Such a wonderful idea, Marcy! ♡

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  20. Hmmmmm... there are SO many. But here are two I like: the first is "never underestimate the power of glitter" and the other is "hearts are wild creatures; that's why our ribs are cages".

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  21. What a fantastic challenge Marcy! One of my most favourite quotes is from the movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". Sonny always says "Everything will be alright in the end. If it is not alright, it is not yet the end." I think that can be applies to almost everything we do in life. Keep striving and eventually, in the end, it will be alright. Cheers.

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    1. This isone of my all-time favourite movies and I love that quote! I have thought of it often and used it on cards.

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  22. "If I had but two loaves of bread I would sell one and buy dahlias, for they would feed my soul" ~ Mohammad. 'Nuff said!

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    1. I meant "hyacinths"! I would buy hyacinths! Sheesh, I'm thinking of your gorgeous new dahlia digi.

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    2. Leslie, this is so awesome, and I think I like it a bit better with Dahlias! haha!

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  23. Fear doesn't keep you from death, it keeps you from life.
    Naguib Mahfouz

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  24. My current favorite quote came from a sign outside a church: "Everyone welcome....come as you are. You can change inside" I just love that!

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  25. The only mistake is Not learning from your mistake! WE all mess up but its what we do with the mess ups that really matters!

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  26. I have so many that I love but my most favorite that has been my tagline for years is: Housework won't kill you, but why take the chance!!

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  27. You must be the change you wish to see in the world -Gandhi is a quote that we use a lot.

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  28. Holding onto anger is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die. Budda So many people don't realize when they refuse to forgive the only person that really suffers is them. Budda said it perfectly. This is a great idea. i am sure I will add thoughts to my journal as I visit each day.

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  29. “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.” Erma Bombeck

    This is my favorite quote right now. It can apply to whatever you consider your talents of course whether or not they involve stamping. I have it framed in my craft room.

    I think I can only post in this format as anonymous....but this is from Donna Gourley in Virginia.

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    1. Erma Bombeck was a genius! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Carpe diem! I first heard this when watching Dead Poet's Society, and this quote reminds me to "seize the day." I'm normally a very shy, introverted person, but once in a while, I will seize the day and do something out of the norm.

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  31. My favorite quote is "Never say Never!" I think I learned this lesson the hard way! LOL!

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  32. I love this quote, which can be for all artists...'Asking a quilter to mend is like asking Picasso to paint your garage!'

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    1. Oh my, this is SO TRUE! Haha! Being a former quilter, I can so attest to this! Funny!

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  33. The first one that came to mind is "If you don't have time to do it right, when are you going to have time to do it over."
    Chris R.

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    1. That was my Mom's favorite..when she was "checking" on my cleaning chores as I was growing up!
      Janet

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  34. I absolutely love all the quotes shared. One of my favorites is "success is not in never failing, but rising every time you fall!" By Jonathan Taylor Thomas. I also love the give service providers a nice thank you card. One of my favorite quotes I've seen but never have seen a stamp is: real doctors treat more than one species. Would love to give a thank you card like this for my veterinarian.

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  35. I have a couple of quotes that have helped me through some difficult times in my life.

    "This too shall pass" and "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" ..Philippians 4:13

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  36. Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. John Wayne

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  37. "We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace." ( William Gladstone 1809-1898)
    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”~Jimi Hendrix

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  38. I have always wanted to find an image of a elegant French-style telephone accompanied by a spray of lovely flowers to illustrate this Bible verse from Jeremiah 33:3 which states:

    "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know."

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    1. Oh, Rita, that would be fabulous! I love this verse, and it would be lovely to see it with flowers!

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  39. "If we did everything we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." Thomas Edison. I am constantly pushed out of my comfort zone because I'm asked to do something that I didn't think I could do - and am surprised with the results.

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  40. I saw this quote on a wall in a children's gym that I took my daughter when she was a toddler. It summed up my feelings then and does the same now. This is to my one and only child, Piper (who will be 9 in December and goes into the 3rd Grade on Thursday....what?!) :

    "Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of life."
    -Maureen Hawkins

    -Irene
    mrsirenegarcia@yahoo.com

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  41. People may forget what you say and do, BUT they will never forget how you made them feel.

    I tried very hard to remember this each day as I worked with first grade students for 27 years. This also applies outside the classroom.

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  42. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

    This gives me great peace in the middle of trying times, knowing that God loves me and will provide for me.

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  43. "No one can make you feel inferior without your permission" (Eleanor Roosevelt)
    (Donna McEwen)

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  44. I love to read all those inspiring quotes!!
    The one I like a lot is:

    It always seems impossible until it's done. ( Nelson Mandela)

    It inspires me to try new things

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  45. "Let it Be" from the Beatles. I having been reminding myself of this for years. I tend to be a "fixer" and I need to remember that I am not meant to fix everything for everyone. Let go and let God.

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    1. Great thoughts, Diane! I'm a "fixer" too and have been trying to hold back more - haha!

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  46. Loved reading them! Here's mine!

    If you were paid a nickel for every kind word you spoke, or charged a nickel for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor?

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  47. I would love a stamp with this quote –
    "The cure for everything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea." Isak Dinesen

    If a good cry doesn't make you feel better, then a good workout will! And if I could cry while I'm running on the beach, I would be cured in no time.

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  48. "It is well with my soul" is one of my favorites. I've made a small sign that sits in my entryway. I see it every day. It's a wonderful reminder that things are truly good in my life.

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    1. Wonderful one with a very special story about that hymn...amazing story!

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  49. "We will cross that bridge when we get to it". I used this phrase to teach my children not to worry but rather to take action when needed.

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  50. "Learning to shrug is the beginning of WISDOM." It is a good reminder that life goes on,so why get bent out of shape. Just take life as it comes and do your best.

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  51. "Always remember a diamond was once a lump of coal."- (original source unknown) "There are flowers everywhere for those who bother to look" - Henri Matisse

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  52. Use what talents you possess, the woods would be silent if no birds sang except those that sang BEST. Henry VanDyke

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  53. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Luke 6:31 is a favorite of mine.

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  54. "Expect nothing, appreciate everything!" This quote comes to my mind constantly. Instead of torturing myself about disappointments I am focused on the many things to be grateful for.

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  55. This is fun! And there are so many good and fun quotes here! Personally I really enjoy reading my Bible. Just recently I have finished with Book of Proverbs. One of my favourite verses is 1:7 'The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge'.

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    1. Absolutely one of my favorite verses...and I love the book of Proverbs too. Lots of great ones in there.

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  56. Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. - Dr. Seuss

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  57. Sometimes a passage from a book just stops me in my tracks. Here is one of my favorites:

    “Oh, child,” spoke Papa tenderly. “Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy.
    Sometimes they are the best words your heart can speak.”

    from The Shack by Wm. Paul Young

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  58. The only person who never made a mistake is the one who never tried. Unknown

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  59. I LOVE quotes! This is my favorite verse!
    Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

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  60. My favorite quote at the moment is...
    Today is the Tomorrow You Worried about Yesterday....Was it worth It?
    Janet H

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  61. I have a lot but a recent favorite is ""Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you." Walt Whitman and a favorite scripture: "Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ." PHillippians 1:27

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  62. One of my favorite quotes is below. It means a lot to me because it reminds me how important integrity is in everything we do. Thank you for a wonderful challenge.
    "Watch your thoughts, they become words;
    watch your words, they become actions;
    watch your actions, they become habits;
    watch your habits, they become character;
    watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

    FRANK OUTLAW

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  63. The greatest joy in life is to see those you love happy.
    My family is my greatest joy and when one of them is hurting so am I. So I am Happiest when they are. :)

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  64. "IF YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS DONE
    YOU'LL ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU'VE ALWAYS GOT!"

    One of my favorite quotes and so true.

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  65. A favorite quote from my mom that worked both for me and also for my boys growing up was " Work first, get it done. Play last, have more fun." This was for chores and homework being done so we could go out and play and not have to stop the fun and come in to do them.
    Another verse from the Bible is " I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13 God won't give us any more than we can handle.

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    1. Oh, your mom and mine must have known each other! Every Saturday we had to do our chores before going out to play! And I love the verse! Great ones, Carolyn!

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  66. I like this quote I came across recently:
    "A bad attitude is like a flat tyre. You can't go anywhere until you change it".
    Not sure where it comes from but great for reminding teenagers about attitudes :-)

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  67. oh it has been fun to read everyone's favorite quote. Mine is Proverbs 3:5,6 "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." I say this to myself all the time. It soothes me in times of sorrow and when I pray and don't know what else I can do. It gives me comfort when I don't know how to proceed or what is next.

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    1. Oh, Lisa, this is THE most special verse for me and has been a life verse that I chose when my grandmother asked me to pick one. Love it and find great strength in it.

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  68. I have a few favorites but this one I use a lot in my life...I have no idea who the author is but it goes like this...Don't invite people to your garden who will trample on your flowers....

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  69. My favorite verse that gets me through so many rough spots is so empowering. I see it on flashing church signs, on bookmarks, and in my bible, and randomly in other places. It always appears at just the right moment.

    Be still, and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10

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  70. Great idea....I enjoyed reading all of the above
    my quote....resonates because If you believe you can very often you can... thus

    It's not a matter of IQ but I can. unknown

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  71. Here's mine: Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you're doing the impossible. ~~ St. Francis of Assisi

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  72. My favorite quote is a bible verse. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13

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    1. Oh, Cindy! This is one I've been thinking about and would LOVE to see this as a coloring page! WOW! This would be fabulous and popular! Love it!

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  73. One of my favourites is Know who you are, and know that that is enough.
    The other one is one I gave my son on a card for his 40th birthday
    Loved you yesterday
    Love you still
    Always have
    Always will

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  74. A couple spring to mind
    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" and from the Bible "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Phillipians 1 v6

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  75. I love this one as I get older is so rings true and sometimes it seems that older people don't count , but we do!! 'You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream'. C.S. Lewis

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  76. Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be. -Abraham Lincoln

    It reminds me that happiness is a choice

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  77. What a great and inspiring idea, Marcy! I have two:
    the bigness of cannon
    is skillful,
    but i have seen
    death’s clever enormous voice
    which hides in a fragility
    of poppies….
    e.e. cummings, from the bigness of cannon ... from War ...

    next, from Groucho Marx:
    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
    Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.

    Hugs, Tina in San Diego

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  78. This is a wonderful challenge with all the beautiful quotes being shared. There are two sentiments that I would like to share. Love is the essence of kindness. This is one I'm trying to have my grandchildren understand, because we need more kindness in this world. The other quote, " To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world."- Brandi Snyder

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  79. My day ALWAYS goes better and is more creative when I remember "Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it."
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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    1. Love this one, Jan, and I remember the song for this we would sing in choir.

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  80. It is so hard to choose just one!! This is a quote that is so beautiful to me and reminds me to aim for progress, not perfection.

    "Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
    ― Louisa May Alcott

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  81. WOW!! Marcella, this is a fabulous challenge this time around.
    Today, September 7th. is my birthday, I'm 65 now and so very proud of what I've done in my life up to this point.
    One of the things that characterizes me is that I'm always believing that, when you believe in yourself, anything is possible.
    One of my favorite quotes comes from, of all things, a rubber stamp I bought many years ago because of what it says, this is it.

    LIFE MAY NOT ALWAYS BE THE PARTY WE HOPED FOR BUT, WHILE WE'RE HERE, WE MIGHT AS WELL DANCE"

    That to me says that, you must be willing to take chances, work hard on what ever you want to do, even if it seems impossible at first, you'll never know until you try.
    As an Iron Man Triathlete, I know about taking a chance, working hard and accomplishing what seem so impossible to do at my very ripe 55 years of age. But I did it, 3 times!!!!! and for that, I'm proud and grateful.
    You are a great example of this Marcella, we all thank you for sharing your incredible talent and drive with us.
    This challenge is awesome!!!!!

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    1. Happy Birthday, Maria! What a splendid quote....and so true! Hugs!

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    2. Maria, Happy Birthday dear lady! Your entire post is making me want to pick you up and carry you around on my shoulders with confetti and streamers falling from the sky! What TRIUMPHS you have made, and your quote is totally awesome. I absolutely love having you in our community — I thank YOU for being here with us. Your positive, can-do attitude, your graciousness, your joy, not to mention your passion for making things — just emanates like crazy. Love the quote you shared. Here's to many many more years of DANCING!

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    3. Oh, Maria, belated happy birthday, and what an accomplishment! Wooho! Love the quote too!

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  82. Friends, these quotes are AWESOME!!! I will go in and comment on them soon, but know that I'm reading each one — and not only am I highly enjoying them, I am benefiting from their wisdom as we speak. Each time a quote pops up, I'm like, "OH! Yes, I need to remember that in my life today." What a fabulous group of people — I appreciate each of your contributions to this challenge! xoxo ~marcella

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  83. I have read through the whole lot and have found some new inspirations. Thanks you for this challenge, Marcie. One of my favourites is:
    " It is not your business what other people think of you" It has helped me many times.

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    1. We were talking about this very quote in our small group a couple of weeks ago. It always bears remembering!

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  84. My mom used to say this whenever we were helping others unselfishly....
    "You're putting stars in your crown"...meaning we were piling up good karma for a day when we might need it.

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  85. Lately, I have been leaning on the saying, "You never know how strong you are until strong is your only choice." I've really clung to that and "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, Phil 4:13" which -- is actually already a Power Poppy stamp!

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    1. Ah, Julie, that's so very true, and I agree that I love Philippians 4:13. Great one for me.

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  86. In Spanish, a poem "caminante no hay camino, se hace camino al andar". Walker there is no road, you make the road walking"

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  87. I love this challenge! It's so awesome reading through everyone's favorite quotes and finding new ones to love!
    I saw this one today and while it's not necessarily an inspirational quote, felt like it was a great reminder to have hanging on my wall someday-

    You have a choice each and every day:
    I choose to feel blessed
    I choose to feel grateful
    I choose to be excited
    I choose to be thankful
    I choose to be happy


    <3 Emily L.

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  88. Here are some of my favourites Marcy!

    My life verse is found in Isaiah 58, and here’s a portion of it: “You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring who’s waters never fail”.

    “Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters” Dau Voire

    “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it” Henry David Thoreau

    “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending” Maria Robinson

    “It’s ok to be happy with a calm life”

    “I have learned that faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse” Phillip Yancy.

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  89. Become a Possibilitarian
    No matter how dark things seem to be..or actually are, raise your sights and see the Posibilities...always see them, for theyre always there.

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  90. Here's a good one: too blessed to be stressed

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  91. One of my favorite bible verses is Isiah 55:12-You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
    Donna Mc
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    1. Oh, Donna, I love the song that goes with this passage! We used to sing it in choir...a fun too!

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  92. "Live By The Sun Love By The Moon" I have this wooden plaque hanging over the doorway in our kitchen and I've always loved that saying..anything with suns and moons always makes me happy :)

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  93. My favorite verse is "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillippians 4:13 This speaks to me when I have hard days. I lean on Christ to give me strength as I often do not have it totally by myself.

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  94. There are a couple of verses that have meant a lot to me these last two years. One is "You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." God truly brought this to my mind when I was in the ER not knowing what was wrong with me for many hours. Another one is 1 Peter 5:7, "Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.” Finally, Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” This was the passage my mom’s pastor shared with her to encourage her as she battled breast cancer. I would LOVE to see 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 as a coloring page!

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  95. We are not humans on a spiritual journey but spirits on a human journey.
    Linda Lipford

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  96. "Perhaps this is the moment for which you were created." Esther 4:14

    "Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it." Dr. Maya Angelou

    "Be mindful of the future...but not at the expense of the moment." Qui Gon Jinn

    "Don't regret growing older. It's a privilege denied to many."

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    1. I meant to include why these speak to me. I am attracted to quotes that make me hopeful. I relate to each one of them, but perhaps the last is most applicable to this stage of my life. Thanks for this great challenge. It's very inspiring!

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  97. If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.

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  98. Boy reading through these is awesome! I had to stop myself from commenting on most of them. haha Some wonderful quotes that I often think of myself. One that has been with me over the years and strongly since the boys were in 6th grade is author unknown "When I ask God to direct my path, I need to accept the doors HE closed along the way. " I had this made into a stamp for cards and use it a lot.

    Often I find that we pray for one door to close and he chooses a different door to close and we are frustrated that it was not the door we asked to be closed. Funny how in retrospect that was the best door to have closed not the one we were asking to be closed. ;-)

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  99. I have always loved this opening line from the theme song for the movie "The Twelve Chairs" by Mel Brooks; "Hope for the best, expect the worst, some die of drowning, some die of thirst".
    To me, it's a realistic look at the world. Try your best, but also be prepared for accidents to happen.

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  100. "The tide of life is sometimes very rough,But each storm ridden through
    Makes us better captains of our souls." This is a quote my late grandmother once wrote in my autograph book when I was a young girl...sadly I no longer have the book but I will remember this quote always and think of her when I do.

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  101. My all home favorite quote is a scripture.
    EPHESIANS 3:19-21

    19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

    20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

    21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

    Gets me through every time!

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  102. God's phone number. The 1st bible verse I learned.
    Jeremiah 33:3 Call on me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

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  103. These quotes are SO inspiring! I have several favorites, so I shall list them here:

    "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship" - Louisa May Alcott

    "Be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else" - Judy Garland

    "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun" - Katherine Hepburn


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  104. I am so glad you have this still open, because my week has been so hectic. My favorite quote is from Corrie Ten Boom who was born, raised and lived in Haarlam, Netherlands. She and her family made the decision to help fellow Christians and fellow citizens during WW2 under the Nazi's constant eye and regulations. They were taken to the concentration camp Ravensbruck in Germany. Her father and sister died there. She went through many horrible things there and then through an error in paper work (but not God's error - :) ) She was released. The following is a quote of her's.
    “No pit is so deep that He is not deeper still; with Jesus even in our darkest moments, the best remains and the very best is yet to be.”

    I would love to see you do a digi of part A of this quote - “No pit is so deep that He is not deeper still" and I think it would be so fitting to put this quote in the middle of a wreath of the Netherlands "unofficial" national flower, tulips. Also I would love to see the "He" in that part A capitalized "HE" to represent God. (Which is who she was referring.)

    Thank you so much for the chance to share. I am a big fan of your stamps as you know. ~ Ann



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    1. I am inspired by her great faith in God, strength and the amazing help God gave her to forgive. Yes, even the Nazi guards who had beaten her sister and her. She loved the Lord with all her heart and when the war was over she traveled sharing Christ all over the world. She called herself a "tramp for the Lord." What an awesome Godly example of a woman. I know I will meet her in heaven one day.

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    2. I am inspired by her great faith in God, strength and the amazing help God gave her to forgive. Yes, even the Nazi guards who had beaten her sister and her. She loved the Lord with all her heart and when the war was over she traveled sharing Christ all over the world. She called herself a "tramp for the Lord." What an awesome Godly example of a woman. I know I will meet her in heaven one day.

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  105. I am so glad you have this still open, because my week has been so hectic. My favorite quote is from Corrie Ten Boom who was born, raised and lived in Haarlam, Netherlands. She and her family made the decision to help fellow Christians and fellow citizens during WW2 under the Nazi's constant eye and regulations. They were taken to the concentration camp Ravensbruck in Germany. Her father and sister died there. She went through many horrible things there and then through an error in paper work (but not God's error - :) ) She was released. The following is a quote of her's.
    “No pit is so deep that He is not deeper still; with Jesus even in our darkest moments, the best remains and the very best is yet to be.”

    I would love to see you do a digi of part A of this quote - “No pit is so deep that He is not deeper still" and I think it would be so fitting to put this quote in the middle of a wreath of the Netherlands "unofficial" national flower, tulips. Also I would love to see the "He" in that part A capitalized "HE" to represent God. (Which is who she was referring.)

    Thank you so much for the chance to share. I am a big fan of your stamps as you know. ~ Ann



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  106. "If you stumble make it part of the dance." Not sure of the origion, but it reminds me to not dwell on past mistakes as a single occurance, but to be grateful for them as they got me to here.

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  107. I have just read all of these for the second time and have found a lot of inspiration along the way. Thank you everyone for making my day brighter and more hopeful. It has been a long week in my house. Thank you - thank you!

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