'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

Cover Image Credit: Becca Catoe

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Notre Dame Cathedral–Such A Loss Of History And Beauty, But What A Gift It Was To Experience It

Reid shares her story as she is saddened for Paris and the church.


After the massive fire that devastated large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral's spire fell. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to share in the nation's sorrow but gave hope for the future. This includes the rebuilding of the cathedral together and making it more beautiful than ever. "The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched," Macron said.

Tyler Reid

Among many others, Tyler Reid is saddened for Paris and the church. Although, she counts herself blessed to have seen it such a short time before it was destroyed. Reid, who was lucky enough to visit the amazing structure this past spring break, remarked:

My trip was filled with so many wonderful sites. Although, because Notre Dame carries the title of most-visited monument in Europe, my expectations were high. When I first walked up, there isn't one specific feeling I got; instead, it was more of a million thoughts running though my head. Once inside, looking at the massive stained glass windows combined with all the details in every crevice, it was hard for me to imagine people actually building this without the technology we have today. This hand crafted masterpiece really is so influential considering people still went there to worship, even after so much time has past and so many other cathedrals had been built. This proves how special the Notre Dame Cathedral really is. Due to my experience here, hearing about the fire hurt my heart, especially thinking about how some of the irreplaceable artworks and all of this history may be gone. This place truly influenced people, including me, and for it to be gone is a true tragedy.

Like Macron, Reid shares in the sorrow; although, for her, it was just from one visit. This proves the amazing impact the Notre Dame Cathedral had and hopefully will continue to have even after this devastation.

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