Quote Me: Cast Your Cares on God

I’m excited to share that I was recently a guest on a podcastLindsay Schlegel interviewed me for the last episode of the first season of Quote Me, in which guests discuss a favorite quotation and its impact on their lives.

My quotation was “Cast all your cares on God; that anchor holds.” It is from the poem Enoch Arden by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

That’s not where I first read it, though.  Listen to the podcast to learn more, but I’ll say this much:  it’s related to my obsession with The X-Files.  Once upon a time I wrote fanfiction, and the story I refer to in the podcast is right here, should you be interested.

I hope you will give my interview–and the rest of the season–a listen and let me know what you think!

Spring Fling

For the past several years, starting on the first day of Spring I’ve posted a quotation about the season as my Facebook status.  I love Spring so much that I needed to celebrate!  My friends seemed to approve, which encouraged me because who doesn’t like “likes” on Facebook?

This year I decided to go one better.  Having recently learned how to make quote pictures (with various easy-peasy websites), I’ve been illustrating the quotation of the day.  I post just the words on my personal page, and the pictures on my blog page.

Because I want to be able to pin them as well, I’m collecting them all here.  I took all the pictures myself, but I can’t take credit for the words!  I hope you enjoy them.
And he departed from our sight that weSpring 2015, Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.

April hath put a spirit of youth inSpring 2015, Pellissippi State Community College campus.

But from this earth, this grave, thisSpring 2015, Stoney Point Baptist Church Cemetery in Hardin Valley.

First a howling blizzard woke us,ThenSpring 2015, first crocus in my front yard.

Our Lord has written the promise of theSpring 2015, Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.

Spring 1Spring 2010, front yard of our former home.

spring 2Spring 2014, on the Pellissippi Greenway.

Spring has returned. The Earth is like aSpring 2014, Anchor Park, Farragut.

springtime 3Just before Spring 2015, my garden.

springtime 4Spring 2010, the front yard of our former home.

Ye sleeping buds, breakOpen your green
Spring 2015, Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.

The sun has come out... and the air isSpring 2015, Pellissippi State Community College Campus.

The day the Lord created hope was
Spring 2015, Seven Islands State Birding Park.

springtime 9Spring 2010, in the woods behind our former home.

springtime 8Spring 2010, Chilhowee Park.

springtime 7Spring 2014, along the Pellissippi Greenway.

springtime 6Spring 2013, Papermill Greenway.

springtime 5Spring 2010, front yard of our former home.

That God once loved a garden we learn inSpring 2015, Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.

Every spring is the only spring — aSpring 2015, Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.

Every April, God rewrites the Book ofSpring 2015, Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum.

Earth trembles with ecstasy, her flowers
Spring 2015, my front yard.
Crocus fires are kindling one by one . . . - Christina Rossetti
March 2016, my front yard.
Spring 2016, Sequoyah Hills Greenway.
Spring 2016, Forks of the River Trails.
Mother’s Day 2014, Melton Hill Park.
Spring 2016, my garden.
Spring 2016, Forks of the River Trails.
Spring 2016, my garden.
Spring 2016, my garden.

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Five Favorite Quotations

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for Five Favorites, hosted by Mama Knows, Honeychild.
five favorites
Today, I’m going to share five favorite quotations.  Not necessarily my five most favorite, mind you, because I’m not sure if I even know.  But just five that have stayed with me and are meaningful to me.
1.  Faith is constant assurance concerning what we hope for, and conviction about things we do not see.
Sunrise in our neighborhood
St. Paul wrote this in his letter to the Hebrews.  I’m not sure which translation this is, but it’s the version that is stuck in my head and I guess I was lying up above because if you asked me my favorite quotation ever, this is what I’d say.
2.  Cast your cares on God:  that anchor holds.
Immaculate Conception Church, Knoxville
This is from Enoch Arden by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and I have chanted it like a mantra or really a prayer in dark times.
3.  Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and discover that they were the big things.
William at Tybee Island
Robert Brault said this, but I’m pretty sure I found it in the “Quotable Quotes” section of Reader’s Digest about 25 years ago.  I used to have a quotation gallery inside my kitchen cabinets, and this is one of the ones that I taped there.
4.  Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.
Lorelei wading at Melton Hill Lake
This quotation by Frank Clark also came to me from Reader’s Digest, and along with the one above formed what I thought of as a life philosophy at that time–a philosophy that I really feel like I need to reclaim.
5.  Each of us in the result of a thought of God.  Each of us is willed.  Each of us is loved.  Each of us is necessary.
john and baby william
I love this quotation from Pope Benedict XVI so much that I used it in creating Lorelei’s birth announcement.
I would love if you would share your favorite quotation with me in the comments!  And for more fun favorites, please visit the linkup.