Tag Archives: Storm

The 11/02/13 Joy Jar

2 Nov

It is a windy day in Seattle and the branches are doing that wind dance. The waves are whipping up against the 520 bridge. The wind is simply a metaphor for what can blow against a life from time to time. Thank goodness for the winds which clear out debris. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the wind.

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Jimmy Dean

Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
Ashley Smith

Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
George Orwell

Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.
Winston Churchill

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
Bruce Lee

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.
Jim Rohn

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.
Augustus Hare

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
Khalil Gibran

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
Henry Ford

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.
William James

The 07/16/13 Joy Jar

17 Jul

Tonight a thunder storm hurried through Seattle. Thunder and lightening do not occur that often in Seattle. The storm raced through. That got moi thinking about the role of thunder in a life. Thunder charges and then clears the air. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the thunder which clears the air.

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.
Mark Twain

It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.
Frederick Douglass

Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternity.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain.”
Henry David Thoreau

“If the thunder is not loud, the peasant forgets to cross himself.”
Russian Proverb

“Times of great calamity and confusion have been productive for the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace. The brightest thunder-bolt is elicited from the darkest storm.”
Charles Caleb Cotton

“Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind – listen to the birds. And don’t hate nobody.”
Eubie Bla

“Disappointments are to the soul what the thunder-storm is to the air”
Friedrich von Schiller

God speaks to me not through the thunder and the earthquake, nor through the ocean and the stars, but through the Son of Man, and speaks in a language adapted to my imperfect sight and hearing.
William Lyon Phelps

The 05/21/13 Joy Jar

21 May


There is heartache and heartbreak in the heartland of America. The New York Times reports in the article,Vast Oklahoma Tornado Kills at Least 91:

MOORE, Okla. — A giant tornado, a mile wide or more, killed at least 91 people, 20 of them children, as it tore across parts of Oklahoma City and its suburbs Monday afternoon, flattening homes, flinging cars through the air and crushing at least two schools. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/21/us/tornado-oklahoma.html


Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the faith to weather any storm.







































I don’t think that you can let the storms of life overwhelm you. When you do that, you are no better than the craziness that caused you to be under attack.
T. D. Jakes

























I have weathered many different storms and I know who I am and my friends know who I really am.
Delta Goodrem






















Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Vivian Greene

























When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
Haruki Murakami,
Kafka on the Shore























Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.”
Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe




















It takes a real storm in the average person’s life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.”
Bruce Barton
























There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you’ll stand firm if you stand on His love.
Charles Stanley