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  • #1
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “some things don't matter much. Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person's heart--now, that matters. The whole problem with people is...they know what matters, but they don't choose it...The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.”
    Sue Monk Kidd


  • #2
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “All my life I've thought I needed someone to complete me, now I know I need to belong to myself.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, The Mermaid Chair


  • #3
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “People, in general, would rather die than forgive. It's that hard.”
    Sue Monk Kidd


  • #4
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “The truth is, in order to heal we need to tell our stories and have them witnessed...The story itself becomes a vessel that holds us up, that sustains, that allows us to order our jumbled experiences into meaning.
    As I told my stories of fear, awakening, struggle, and transformation and had them received, heard, and validated by other women, I found healing.
    I also needed to hear other women's stories in order to see and embrace my own. Sometimes another woman's story becomes a mirror that shows me a self I haven't seen before. When I listen to her tell it, her experience quickens and clarifies my own. Her questions rouse mine. Her conflicts illumine my conflicts. Her resolutions call forth my hope. Her strengths summon my strengths. All of this can happen even when our stories and our lives are very different.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine


  • #5
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “In a weird way I must have loved my little collection of hurts and wounds. They provided me with some real nice sympathy, with the feeling I was exceptional...What a special case I was.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees:


  • #6
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “The words were unexpected, but so incisively true. So much of prayer is like that - an encounter with a truth that has sunk to the bottom of the heart, that wants to be found, wants to be spoken, wants to be elevated into the realm of sacredness.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story


  • #7
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “People in general would rather die than forgive. It's THAT hard. If God said in plain language. "I'm giving you a choice, forgive or die," a lot of people would go ahead and order their coffin.”
    Sue Monk Kidd


  • #8
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “So few people know what they're capable of.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, The Mermaid Chair


  • #9
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “Finally, I began to write about becoming an older woman and the trepidation it stirred. The small, telling "betrayals" of my body. The stalled, eerie stillness in my writing, accompanied by an ache for some unlived destiny. I wrote about the raw, unsettled feelings coursing through me, the need to divest and relocate, the urge to radically simplify and distill life into a new, unknown meaning.”
    Sue Monk Kidd


  • #10
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “Into every life a little rain must fall.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, Traveling With Pomegranates: A Mother-Daughter Story


  • #11
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “A moment of grace. There rose up within me a profound sense of being loved. I felt "gathered together" and encircled by a Presence completely loving, as if I were enveloped by the music of a love song created just for me. It was not overwhelming or even emotional. Just a warm knowing that I was in God's loving embrace...centered and unified there.

    [Love]encounters cannot be analyzed, only shared. If you take a butterfly, Robert Frost said, and pin it down into a box, you no longer have a butterfly.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved


  • #12
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “we need not avoid our active lives, but simply bring to them a new vision and shift of gravity. for in the center we are rooted in god's love. in such a place there is no need for striving and impatience and dashing about seeking approval.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved


  • #13
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “How do we accomplish this matter of gathering life together in God? We must begin primarily by refocusing our attention keeping our minds and hearts directed toward God. The essence of the centered life is attention to God in all we think, say and do. It is the growing realization of His presence in our most down-to-earth living.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved


  • #14
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “Pure in heart means to be sing-hearted... to will one thing- God. All (Jesus)'s moments flowed from His single-heartedness, from His intimacy with God. That was His core. Christianity is full of paradoxes and this is one of the strangest. When we are centered in God alone, we are able to relate to more of life and the world, and find more meaning in them. In some way a centered life becomes wider and fuller. To form one's life around this single perspective enables us to deal with more problems, not fewer, embrace more of life, not less of it. One reason is that we're not so divided, overwhelmed or bogged down by trivia and confusion.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved


  • #15
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “We are surrounded on all sides by God but often we are no more conscious of him than we are of air pressing against us. We don't turn our attention to Him. (Evelyn Underhill)”
    Sue Monk Kidd, God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved


  • #16
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “Journal became a sanctuary where I could pour out in honesty my pain and joy. It recorded my footsteps and helped me understand where I was standing, where I had been, and even where God pointed.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved


  • #17
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “A spiritual pilgrim needs to discern when his or her life is stunted in an old field and find the courage and determination to go to a "new land" that the Lord will show. (Abraham-Journey) ...so that you can find the wholeness you seek.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved


  • #18
    Sue Monk Kidd
    “The awakening passed from simple recognition of my need for God at the center of my life, to a depth where the will is stirred And that is a deeper place by far. That is the place of response, of unifying one's heart, mind, soul and feet around a decision.”
    Sue Monk Kidd, God's Joyful Surprise: Finding Yourself Loved
    tags: unity




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