Pay attention to the people God puts in your path if you want to discern what God is up to in your life.

Hope is willing to leave unanswered questions unanswered and unknown futures unknown. Hope makes you see God's guiding hand not only in the gentle and pleasant moments but also in the shadows of disappointment and darkness.

Every time there are losses, there are choices to be made.

You choose to live your losses as passages to anger, blame, hatred, depression and resentment, or you choose to let these losses be passages to something new, something wider, and deeper.

What makes us human is not our mind but our heart, not our ability to think but our ability to love.

Love is something eternal; the aspect may change, but not the essence.

If you look at the world, you'll be distressed.

If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God you'll be at rest.

 image quote by Vincent Van Gogh

I would rather die of passion than of boredom.

Jimmy Page is an excellent producer. Led Zeppelin I and II are classics. As a player he's very good in the studio, but I've never seen him play well live. He's sloppy. He plays like he's got a broken hand and he's two years old. If you put out a good album and play like a two year old, what's the purpose?

Our life is full of brokenness - broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God's faithful presence in our lives.

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Jesus did not promise to change the circumstances around us.

He promised great peace and pure joy to those who would learn to believe that God actually controls all things.

Evil can also be beautiful. The Coliseum in Rome, for example, a wonderful structure with an awful past. Just think about the bloody gladiator fights there.

Forgiveness is setting the prisoner free, only to find out that the prisoner was me.

 image quote by Vincent Van Gogh

Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.

Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.

I dream my painting and I paint my dream.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.

Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you're put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.

This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

 image quote by Vincent Van Gogh

I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.

In order to realize the worth of the anchor we need to feel the stress of the storm.

Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.

Normality is a paved road: It's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.

Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?

Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.

Dare to love and to be a real friend.

The love you give and receive is a reality that will lead you closer and closer to God as well as those whom God has given you to love.

 image quote by Henri Nouwen

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.

Close friends are truly life's treasures.

Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.

Trying to do the Lord's work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.

Art is to console those who are broken by life.

If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.

No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.

My whole life I have been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted, until I discovered that my interruptions were my work.

 image quote by Vincent Van Gogh

There is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

How lovely yellow is! It stands for the sun.

The more you struggle to live, the less you live.

Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure....you are above everything distressing.

The way to know life is to love many things.

I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.

If one truly loves nature one finds beauty everywhere.

A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke.

 image quote by Vincent Van Gogh

There is peace even in the storm.

Those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain.

LOVE is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.

We are called to be fruitful - not successful, not productive, not accomplished.

Success comes from strength, stress, and human effort. Fruitfulness comes from vulnerability and the admission of our own weakness.

What am I in the eyes of most people - a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person - somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then - even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart.

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.

A man cannot govern a nation if he cannot govern a city;

he cannot govern a city if he cannot govern a family; he cannot govern a family unless he can govern himself; and he cannot govern himself unless his passions are subject to reason

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.

 image quote by Vincent Van Gogh

I often think that the night is more alive and richly colored than the day.

Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world.

The more clearly you understand yourself and your emotions, the more you become a lover of what is.

I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.

Nothing in nature is by chance... Something appears to be chance only because of our lack of knowledge.

I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.

Listening is much more than allowing another to talk while waiting for a chance to respond. Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings. The beauty of listening is that those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking our words more seriously and discovering their true selves.

 image quote by Vincent Van Gogh

I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.

The wonderful thing about praying is that you leave a world of not being able to do something, and enter God’s realm where everything is possible. He specializes in the impossible. Nothing is too great for His almighty power. Nothing is too small for His love.

When I trust deeply that today God is truly with me and holds me safe in a divine embrace, guiding every one of my steps I can let go of my anxious need to know how tomorrow will look, or what will happen next month or next year. I can be fully where I am and pay attention to the many signs of God's love within me and around me.