I love inspiring quotes. Quotes that make you want to be a better person. Quotes that make you think. Especially easy short ones that are easy to memorize so that they easily stick in your mind. I have two large chalkboards in the main living areas of our home. One is on the pantry door in our kitchen, and the other one is made out of a large board that leans into a corner in our dining room. Over the last six months or so, I've been writing down inspirational quotes on these boards. Some of the quotes we have worked as a family to memorize. And some we don't repeat together at all. They are just there to be read on their own. I want the things on the walls in my home to matter, to make a difference in our family's life, to inspire. I have always hoped that by writing down meaningful words for my family to see, that hopefully someday these words would sink in to their minds and they would be of use to them.
Last week, as I was tucking my oldest (now ten year old!) into bed, we were talking about something (I can't remember what now), and I told her, "Just try..." As soon as I said the word try, the words that I have written on the chalkboard in the picture above, came into her mind and she said, " ...a little harder to be a little better!" And I said, "Hey! You've been reading that quote I have on the board in the dining room!" I was so happy and pleased that those words were now in her mind and that she was putting them into practice as we were talking about something that she needed to try harder to be. Someday I hope to have a whole gallery wall, maybe in our basement family room, full of quotes that inspire our family to be better, to be Christ-like, to be the best kind of people we can be.
I love adding to my collection of quotes on my "Quotes" pinterest board. (Found here.) If I ever get that gallery wall full of inspiring quotes made, I'll be sure to share it here.
Do you have any quotes that inspire you or your family? If you do, please share!