Category Archives: Quotes

Quotes I love…! Working through Failure

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My reading plan for last week was titled “Working through Failure”. I got a different understanding of how I can engage failure to cultivate good and positivity in me. What do you think?

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9

how-to-turn-a-failure-into-a-wild-successIf our reaction to failure is despair, then we are feeling the hollowness of a broken idol. But if our reaction is perseverance, then we are experiencing the gracious power of God.

Norm Goodyear (Cargo Pilot):  “There’s no perfect flight…. In the flying world, when you make a mistake, you just have to go on because if you dwell on your mistakes (whether as a pilot, a child of God or whatever) you’re going to keep looking in the past. In the airplane, as well as life, you’re going at 300 – 500 miles/hr and you can’t dwell in the past because the future is coming at you pretty fast.”

It’s important to learn from our mistakes, but we can’t let them become obstacles. We have to move forward, trust God for both forgiveness and guidance, and prepare for what’s next.

Winning Smart After Losing Big,entrepreneur Rob Stearns writes that there’s a big difference between experiencing a failure and being a failure: “You are the same person after your loss as you were before your loss.” It is strength of character that enables us to get up and keep moving when we’ve failed.

Failure can be the result of others’ actions, circumstances beyond our control, our own actions, or a combination of all three. While failure is no fun, it can benefit us in the long run. When mourning our mistakes compels us to make ourselves right with God and others, God comforts us and our relationships improve.

Andy Crouch, Executive Director, Christianity Today: “All creativity leads through failure, takes you through failure and some creativity lead you to failure, you just end up in failure. In every creative endeavour, you fail before you succeed, at least when you are learning…there are levels of failure you have to contemplate or go through to get to success and get greater and greater…. The calling to the creative life…is not a calling to more and more clear success. It’s a calling to more and more creativity – which may or may not succeed – all of which is going to put you at risk for failing, all of which has to be put in the hands of God.”

Feeling sadness is uncomfortable. Without the emotional blessing of sadness, however, we would probably never muster the guts to admit our mistakes. But when we do admit mistakes, we may be surprised how often people are ready to forgive us.

©2016. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved.

Picture source: http://www.innovationmanagement.se/2016/03/21/how-to-turn-a-failure-into-a-wild-success/

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Quotes I love…! Prayer and Confession

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I was going through Max Lucado’s Reading Plan on “The Power of A Simple Prayer” and I picked these up.

Prayer is not a privilege for the pious, not the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child.

Don’t think for a minute that he is glaring at you from a distance with crossed arms and a scowl, waiting for you to get your prayer life together.

Vocabulary and geography might impress people but not God…Just as a happy child cannot mis-hug, the sincere heart cannot mis-pray.

Prayer really is that simple. Resist the urge to complicate it. Don’t take pride in well-crafted prayers. Don’t apologize for incoherent prayers. No games. No cover-ups. Just be honest—honest to God. Climb into his lap. Tell him everything that is on your heart. Or tell him nothing at all.

…healing happens when the wound is exposed to the atmosphere of grace.
Confession, you see, is not a punishment for sin; it is an isolation of sin so it can be exposed and extracted.- Max Lucado

I feel sometimes we make an already complicated life more twisted with our expectations and “how-to-dos”. Sometimes, coming the way you are with the pain, the incoherencies before God – a God that already knows what is in your heart is all you need. Other times the tears say it all. Whatever, however you choose, all He is saying to you today is ‘COME’.

Will you honour that invite?

©2016. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved.

Picture Source: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/prayer/

Quotes I love….! Lighthouse.

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Since my encounter with an Anne Lamott quote, I enjoy reading from her. So I went searching and today’s find is a treasure! A simple truth, but with deep meanings and it got me thinking of the Christian setting/environment of these times.

Jesus, during His earthly work here, went about sorting people and their issues out and when it was time to leave, He handed over to his disciples and left the Holy Spirit with them too, whose assignment was to point them back to Christ; say what He hears about Christ, not just any gist.

These days, people have stopped looking at Jesus, they look at the Pastor and expect him to work miracles, change their lives, make everything better, make all their dreams come true with little or no effort on their part. They are not interested in working or finding some activity to engage in. Lighthouse_250416

Like Anne’s quote here, your Pastor or leader is meant to point the way out to you. But the interesting thing about Christ is that He has given us the Bible and the Spirit to guide us, so that we don’t get misled by the Pastor or some leader. But after listening, go and study for ourselves and find out more about the One we are in a relationship with. A call to repentance is not a call to laziness or beggarly mentality. Do not be the reason another will speak ill or talk down on Christ because of your inactivity or lack of desire to BECOME!

Matthew 5:16 encourages us to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Does that mean we shouldn’t be fishers of men? No! But it’s a call to realize that you have 32 teeth and milk isn’t your thing anymore, but strong meat. Besides the Kingdom has babies she needs to attend to and needs your help with. Rather than be a boat that always needs saving, be a lighthouse, lead others to the Saviour.

Picture Source: https://tracykauffman.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/beauty-of-lighthouses/

©2016. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved

#Writer’s Quote Wednesday on a Thursday

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Like a Maya Angelou, I love a Max Lucado anyday. I will never forget the day I gifted one of my Max to someone for his birthday and he went “It’s a Max!” and I could swear I heard “You gave me a ferrari!” That was the kind of joy he showed. It was priceless! ❤

So when you read quotes like this, you can easily understand the excitement aboWriter's Quote Wednesday_020316ut a Max book. I read one many years back and I still marvel at how his mind works but then you can’t blame him, he’s got the mind of Christ.

 

For today, I just wanted you to be reminded of the little and timeless pleasures life sometimes offers us and just so you know, you’ve got Someone that truly cares for you to thank for that…God deserves the praise!

I know Colleen loves the magical, I just wanted her to look up too and enjoy every experience it offered her. I hope I succeeded!

Picture source: http://www.tee2media.com/max-lucado/

©2016. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved.

#Writer’s Quote Wednesday on a Thursday

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I love a Maya Angelou any day.

I’m sure I’ve seen this quote countless times but today I’m using it again to remind myself that I need to be careful how I say what I say on paper and otherwise, since people will always remember how I made them feel.

My intentions are not to make you feel good always, No! Sorry, if you expected that. As sometimes, you will need a wake-up call to change direction and that might hurt 😦

They are not to make you sad all through either, but to give you LIFE and you know Life is a mix of all things bright, beautiful, sad, lone and happy…the good, the bad and ugly like they say. Or LIFE according to the Bible, but whatever it is you choose, I want you to enjoy every remembrance you have of me that I met you and left you better.

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That, Colleen, is the onerous work on every writer to give every reader something to stop and think about before taking the next step.

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©2016. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved

#Writer’s Ouote Wednesday

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Confession time:
I almost repeated Colleen’s quote for today because it resonanted something in me and that is gratitude to the medium of expression. I know I always celebrate writing and putting forth what you believe in as against what another said off-handedly. But today, I realised again and more intensely that my journal, blank book, keyboard, laptop, pen all need to be celebrated too!

To all my media for expression, thank you, I celebrate you!

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I chose an Anne Lamott quote also. For the times I didn’t really understand, yet I kept writing and in the end it made sense to another in such a great way, I’m grateful and I attribute it to GRACE that never leaves us where it found us. May this quote inspire you as a writer to never leave a life the way you met it. If that life is a good one already, add your best to it, leave your touch in that life. I just touched yours by the way. wink

©2016. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved

#Writer’s Quote Wednesday

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It’s no lie, I have missed Colleen and her team of inspiring writers. Wow! But guess what!? I’m back.

What’s the driving force behind a man chasing hard after a girl even when she initially said no to him? I think it’s a belief in what he feels and so desperately wants to share with her, which keeps him wondering why she can’t feel it too.

For writers, it is important to BELIEVE in whatever it is you are writing about. If you don’t, even an untrained eye can tell you are a phony. Belief in your passion is like the baby at the edge of breaking through her mother’s matrix, you can’t stop that motion. It is like sweat oozing out of every pore when the room is hot…yes, we wipe it, but it keeps coming out until you do something about the situation.

Writing has gone beyond just spreading words on blank surfaces and re-arranging them for visual pleasure to real experiences; one where your readers are practically transported into that realm with you. Such is the power of words. Little wonder God made good use of His in creation.

I try (and I think I’m getting good at it) to share what I believe in through every prose, poetry, picture I share. Whether I succeed in giving you that experience as I felt it, I won’t know until you tell me. Till then, I’ll keep sharing my beliefs and today the Bible says my heart. Enjoy and get inspired.

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©2016. Frances Kelvin Otung. All rights reserved.