'Don't Ever Diminish The Power Of Words'

'Don't Ever Diminish The Power Of Words'

And other inspiring quotes from my sister.

"Don't ever diminish the power of words. Words move hearts and hearts move limbs." -Hamza Yusuf

There are lots of famous writers out there and lots of great quotes, but this is a compilation of some of my favorite quotes; the ones that are nearest and dearest to my heart. I may not be able to hear my sister speak anymore, but I'm grateful for the gift of writing that allows me to treasure her thoughts. Liz may have only been 19 years old, but she was a deep thinker and feeler and I find myself still learning from her today through the writings she left behind. So grateful for her wisdom and love for God that encourages me even now!

1) “More than God wants our acts of piety, our adherence to religion, our observance of rules and rituals, more than he wants our words of affection he simply wants to know us and for us to know him.”

2) "I wasn't just saved, I was sent...Do you see yourself as sent? Sent to your family? School? Neighborhood? Friends? Being sent ones redefines our purpose."

3) "I don't get why everyone feels the need to judge. Just cause someone's different than you doesn't mean it makes them somehow less than you."

4) "I have to speak up fear of failing cannot hold Christians back from sharing the gospel...people in the world need to hear what Jesus has done for them"

5) "Grace is only seen as beautiful to someone that sees them self as a sinner. Grace can only be received if you believe you need it."

6) "I am yours and yours alone, I die daily so that daily you can live in me! Help me to totally and completely give myself to you in undeniable surrender."

7) "I took up the challenge of sharing the gospel and I epically failed. What I learned from that experience is that I'm not always going to win the debate, I'm not always going to explain everything in a way that might cause someone to turn to God, but despite that I have to speak up."

8) "The beauty of the truth of the gospel is so magnificent that I cannot wrap my mind around it."

9) "Being sent to the world isn't convenient, being sent by Jesus means we are going to lose something. Time we think is ours, money or even respect from others. It's hard, but it's necessary. We hold the cure for the world in our hands and we are called to share it with everyone. It would be selfish if we did not."

10) "On the day you die, it doesn't matter what kind of clothes you wore, it doesn't matter who your friends were, it doesn't matter where you went to college, the grades you made or how many baskets you scored. The only thing that matters is your relationship with God and whether or not you placed your trust in him."

-Elizabeth Joy Catoe <3

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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How Incorporating Organization In My Daily Routine Single-Handedly Changed My Life

And how it can structure yours.


It would be a complete fabrication of the truth if I pretended that my life in any way has been picture perfect. Things are messy, life is messy, and my life becomes an endless cycle of self provoked destruction.

I've had short bursts of motivation as a last expedient to seize control of the downward spiral I have endured. But mostly they have diminished along with any motivation I have left.

None of these short term solutions have yet to salvage my mental, physical, and academic state. SO, as an attempt to overhaul my life, I decided the best way to strive for control, is to organize every aspect of my life.

Yes, this could become unhealthy if I used this tactic as a way to tear myself down or over analyze my accomplishments, or lack thereof. But I try to view my life as something I have a say in while considering that not everything will be perfect or completely satisfy my goals for myself.

To successfully enact this measure, I try to never go into a day unaware of what I must accomplish, what tasks/work I have to attend to, and stocked with a full calendar and set of alarms that prevent me from missing deadlines. Although mildly time-consuming to detail my life in advance, it is greatly beneficially outweighed through the amount of time this tactic saves me.

Recently, I have noticed how much happier I have been, and feel as if my life is back on track and it's future in my hands. This has allowed me to work an upwards of 50 something hours a week, see and manage friends, read and keep up with hobbies, as well as give me peace of mind and time to relax with loved ones.

I am grateful for the role that organization has played in my life and suggest that everyone incorporate some type of underlying structure in their lives, to realize that anything is achievable with proper organizational preparation.

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