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Shawneda’s 40 at 40… My Life in Quotes

Shawneda shares her forty at forty aka her life in quotes.

Forgiveness Quotes

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” Maya Angelou
“Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.” Garrison Keillor
“If we can find forgiveness in our hearts for those who have caused us hurt and injury, we will rise to a higher level of self-esteem and well-being.” James E. Faust

“I believe forgiveness is the best form of love in any relationship. It takes a strong person to say they’re sorry and an even stronger person to forgive.” Yolanda Hadid

Writing Quotes

Shel Silverstein — ‘If there is a book you want to read but isn`t written yet, write it.’
“The only writing is rewriting.” Ernest Hemingway
“Write hard and clear about what hurts.” Ernest Hemingway
“I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music.”
― Maya Angelou

Perseverance Quotes

‘If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.’ Henry David Thoreau
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” ~ Marie Curie
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.” ~ Margaret Thatcher
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ~ H. Jackson Brown



And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever–
John 14:16 AMPC
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
Romans 12:2 AMPC


IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. [Isa. 9:6.]
John 1:1 AMPC

For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.


Luke 1:37 AMPC

Written by Me

“This book won’t write itself.” 2012 Shawneda
“Acquiring skill costs time and practice. Growing in wisdom costs knowledge and experience. Trusting God no matter what life brings you … priceless.” Shawneda (2013)
“I’m thankful for the simple things in life God’s love, health, family …the important things money can’t buy.” Shawneda

“At a certain point, you realize that a person who continues to discount, dishonor, and disrespect you in their actions regardless of what they say needs your prayers more than your anger. Sometimes your forgiveness is the only road to a necessary encounter with God.”  Shawneda (2012)