The quiet voice

An afternoon in Mykonos, Greece, May 2008

An afternoon in Mykonos, Greece, May 2008

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”  — Mary Ann Radmacher

Enthusiasm and motivation are wonderful, but can backfire on us if we rush in with good intentions and expect too much of ourselves when tackling a new project or difficult resolution.  Forward motion is not always possible, and even when it does take place, it often is not apparent.  At such times, it is vitally important that we remain patient with our own efforts.  I hope today will be a wonderfully productive day for you, the sort of day when you knock out several bothersome things on your “to-do” list, or reach significant milestones en route to a larger goal.  But if the day doesn’t go that way, I hope you will take a deep breath, honor your own efforts, and realize that Scarlett O’Hara was right about one thing: tomorrow is another day.


  1. God Morning, faithful early riser, Julia. You post is so true today. An encouraging reminder to be patient with ourselves and others. Kinda like that saying: Rome wasn’t built in a day. When i am in an ‘earthly messy’ situation; i often have to remind myself it’s been years in the making and it will take how ever long it takes to ‘untangle it’; to see the ‘good’ to come from it and the healing. If i seek these things one day at a time; enjoyment & peace for this day of the Lord is possible. Phillipians 4: 6-7 helps me keep this as my mind-set; for who among us does not desire a joyful & peaceful day. Praying thus for you & yours [a headache free day] with agape Love. [p.s. i may be able to see the grandblessings today. So for today that is more than blessing enough for this ‘earthly messiness’; as i do what i am given to do and wait on the Lord to reveal the rest of the story]

    • Thanks Kate, I have to say that quote is perhaps the only type of courage I can summon many days. It’s so easy to get discouraged and that’s when it is most helpful for me to remind myself “one day at a time.” I love the term “grandblessings” which I have never heard before – how perfect! Hope you have a wonderful visit with them. Thanks for being here with us.

  2. We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare, but what if this little guy didn’t keep on keepin’ on?

    at the link below there is a “click here. . .” near the bottom:

    • Eric, thanks so much for sharing this link. I never realized that hatching was so much work for the baby! I kept thinking that if I were the one filming it, I would have to really fight the urge to reach down and “help” the baby break free – but I imagine they learn valuable things about how to move in their struggle to hatch. The poor thing looked exhausted afterwards though. So cute!

      • Beth

        Julia, we also learn valuable things in our own struggles. Love to you and your family.

        • Thanks, Beth. I’m so happy to have you visit us here!

      • Rene

        I asked my husband recently (with regard to our son) if something he were doing was really going to make a difference. He said, “I don’t know, but I’m never going to stop trying.” I, too, would have had to stop myself from bending down & helping the baby; instead, I think I should just never stop trying to accomplish something important of my own.

        • Rene, it’s such a hard line to walk, isn’t it? Between trying to keep our kids from making mistakes, and allowing them (and ourselves) a measure of freedom from each other. It gets back to the old serenity prayer; the ability to accept what we can’t change, change what we can, and know the difference between the two! I think parents tend to err on the side of not exerting enough influence with younger children, and then trying to exert too much influence on older ones. Or so it sometimes seems to me. Let’s just keep praying for that “wisdom to know the difference.”

  3. Beautiful post today ~ thank you xo

    • You’re welcome! I’m so happy you like it.

  4. Monday! Yes, I’ve already knocked off a few things on my “to-do” list. But thankful that tomorrow is another day because my to-do list is always long than daylight. Good post!

    • Barb, I finally came to realize that, in the words of one writer whose name I don’t recall, “I will die with my inbox full” which is a blessing and a curse. It helped me to realize that the to-do list will mutate and grow to fill whatever time I allocate to it, so it will be up to me to prioritize what is most important and choose what to leave undone – no easy task! As you say, that list will always be long. Thanks for visiting here amid the busyness of life!

  5. Yes, I am not going to give up, ever!
    I am thinking of suggesting this blog to a dear one of mine who is very depressed these days. This place always fills me with peace, which words would fail to explain. I am sure it will do the same for her.
    Glad you are there spreading joy to your readers.

    • Thanks so much, Bindu! Your words have reached me at a time I really needed encouragement. My computer has quit working 😦 and I am using a borrowed one until I can get it fixed our learn to use a new one. I really appreciate your kind words and it makes me very happy if others can benefit from what I am doing here. I am so glad you visited us today! I hope you have a wonderful week.

  6. Sheila

    Julia, I seem to share defeatdespair daily or at least a quote or some part of it. I hope those of us that are reading and sharing what you are in the midst of, are giving you strength to face each new day. My day isn’t complete without giving and receiving here. God loves you,
    I’m sure of that! Sheila

    • I really appreciate that, Sheila. I’ve had a very rough day with my computer going out and probably most everything on the hard drive gone. At least the blog is online so it wasn’t lost 🙂 but I had countless business records on there and had not backed anything up for over a year. Your words are a real encouragement to me tonight as I’m feeling exhausted. Thanks so much for being here!

  7. merry

    Julia, I’m so sorry you’ve had a bad day. I wish I was there to give you a hug. Please know I’m praying for you and your family. And thanks to Eric for sharing the turtle’s link. Very encouraging. If he can do it, we can too!!! :~}

    • Thanks so much for your kindness, encouragement and especially the prayers! I am hoping and praying that the repair people will know how to fix my computer so all my data won’t be lost, but in the meantime, I’ll try to take my own advice and smile! I really appreciate your visits here and your comments.

      • merry

        You’re welcome. I read your UR devotional and your posts in the UR comments. I don’t often comment…seems so much to do…so little time. But I’ve got as much time as everyone else~/! Hope the computer guys can help you out. Have a good day…

        • I am glad you make the time to comment here, it’s a real blessing. The computer guy just told me a few minutes ago that they think they can fix everything for a fairly reasonable cost; the hard drive “seems OK” but we will know for sure next week after they install a new keyboard. So for now I’m feeling happy about that. Hope you have a wonderful day too!

  8. What a beautiful goal to keep in mind. With a vacation on the horizon, I’m try to be mindful of menu selections so I can take some favourite summer outfits. It’s a battle, some days I win, some days not.

    • Boomdee, it’s beyond weird that I just lost my computer yesterday about reading about your situation and your hint to back things up – I said to myself “I need to do that, it’s been over a year” but then promptly spilled coffee on it and now it is probably beyond repair. (I should hear from the shop sometime today as to whether any of my data can be saved – trying not to freak out about it in the meantime.) So my message turned out to be eerily prophetic for me, and today’s is too I guess! Thanks for being here – I hope to go to your blog later today for a dose of “happy!”

      • OH NO! Fingers crossed for you Julia. Don’t panic yet, they can do wonders. Geez that is beyond weird, I’ve learned my lesson now though, and that proves a good point too. I’m always drinking coffee around the MAC…must rethink that too. Mr B would be sooooo upset if I Kiboshed a new one. Good Luck with it and see you later. xK

        • Well so far it looks like they may be able to salvage things at not too bad a price, so keep your fingers crossed! We’ll know after the new keyboard comes in and they try to get everything up to speed, probably Monday or Tuesday. I have now found a rubber lid to put on my mug since I cannot imagine going without my tea at the computer! Unless I have coffee which I did yesterday, not my normal habit. You can bet I will still be setting it BEHIND the computer or the nearby bookshelf from now on! World Market has some lovely ceramic mugs with rubber lids. I prefer to drink out of glass or china rather than a plastic commuter cup; I’m just fussy I guess!

          • Oh contraire, you’re not fussy at all…me too, no plastic coffee to go’s. I bought a little thermos in Maui, has a glass insert and gorgeous art work on it…that’s my ‘to-go’ solution. Thinking about plastic covers, I’ve also seen ‘key board skins’…thin rubber that cover the keys for butterfingers like me. Might be an option. Good Luck!

            • I read about the keyboard skins too…definitely plan to check that out! 🙂 Thanks for the tip.


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