New This Month: Links, Quotes, Books & More

“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”
~ Emily Dickinson


ABCs of Jesus’ Love

Visit this page anytime and let me know if you’d like to add to the words describing Jesus’ love along with a verse supporting it. Remember, there is also a print-out of the original list.

 This month I have added another “C” Word:

❤︎ Covenant Love ❤︎
“Understand, therefore,
that the Lord your God is indeed God.
He is the faithful God who keeps His covenant
for a thousand generations and
lavishes His unfailing love on those
who love Him and obey His commands.

Deuteronomy 7:9 NLT



I am not always able to keep up with the abundance of books that promote hope, healing, and freedom, so I haven’t always read every one I post here and on the Books Page. Though many are on my long wish list. 🙂 Many will be from recommendations of online friends. If you ever know of a book that is not listed and that supports this website’s mission, please let me know. 🙂

Battered Hope by Carol Graham

One of you readers, Martha Orlando, highly recommends this book. She writes:

“Carol’s life story is full of tragedies and turns for the worst.  Yet, her strong faith and hope in God’s promises see her through life-shattering situations that would crush many of us.  Her ability, with God’s help, to overcome multiple obstacles is absolutely inspirational to any who read Battered Hope.  Although Carol’s hope was battered, it never shattered!”


Hope Harbor

💞  Links That Inspire Hope and Healing 💞

💞  Bright Hope in Dark Days by Charles Spurgeon – A short devotion – “We need winds and tempests to exercise our faith, to tear off the rotten bough of self-dependence, and to root us more firmly in Christ.”

💞  Grief: Finding Hope in the Darkness by Paul David Tripp – “This article is written to help you make sense out of what appears to make no sense and to point you towards hope even as you are experiencing the darkness of death.”

💞  Finding Light in the Darkness – A Psychology Today article by Diana Raab – “It has been said that we cannot know the light without experiencing the darkness, but at the same time, both dark and light experiences may be considered great teachers. Growth and transformation, in fact, are born out of darkness.”

Nature Retreat

“Our task must be to free ourselves
by widening our circle of compassion
to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and its beauty.”

~ Albert Einstein

This month’s treasures are all recent photos from my brother in Arizona: a bobcat, gambel’s quails, a green heron, harris hawks, a hummingbird in its nest, and a western screech-owl.

🐾  Pixdaus: Nature Photography – Though there are some photos of people, the core focus of this site is the uploading and sharing of amazing nature photos.

🐾  50 States – 50 Natural Wonders – CNN showcases a natural wonder in each of the 50 states. Some are world-renowned and undeniably spectacular, while others are less-discovered gems. Each of their favorite spots, in its way, helps define its home state.

🐾  Daniel Buck Fine Art Photography – Galleries of amazing Alaska photography – Daniel’s “vision as an artist is for his audience to connect with the natural world around them and foster a greater appreciation for the stunning world that we all call home.”



All quotes this month are in the compassion category.

❤︎ “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglio

❤︎ “I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness. ~ Mother Teresa

❤︎ “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Steve Maraboli