“the dragonfly symbolizes change in the perspective of self-realization? Change in mental and emotional maturity and in the understanding of the deeper meaning of life?”
“Did you know,” she whispered, “that in almost every part of the world, the dragonfly symbolizes change in the perspective of self-realization? Change in mental and emotional maturity and in the understanding of the deeper meaning of life?”
“with her own life. And I was ashamed.” Humiliated. Broken. Miserable. If Wilcher had stood by Jaymee, if her father hadn’t berated her, if her own mother had offered a drop of support, then maybe she could have summoned the courage to tell Lana and Cage. Finding out she was pregnant had been bad enough, but seeing Wilcher’s disappointment drained Jaymee of any self-esteem she had left. Of course he’d used her”
“Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. 1 Samuel 2.3.”
“A workaholic who supported his wife in theory but never in action.”
“She hadn’t been back to church”
“You’ve been going hard ever since it happened. Why don’t you take some time to properly mourn her, find a way to get your life back?” “How do I do that, Kim? The sonofabitch who killed her is still walking free. How am I just supposed to move on?” “I don’t know.” Kim’s gaze went to her desk. She swallowed hard, like she was choking down rocks. “But you need to get your act together, or I’m”
“Cockroaches might as well have slithered over her body. Jaymee crossed her arms over her chest and pulled up the collar of her tank top, her hand lingering over the skin still exposed. “Excuse me?” “I accept other forms of payment.” Her stomach heaved. “I’m not interested.” “Just sayin’, your neighbor”
“By the time he reached Ravenna Court, the lightning had powered up. Heavy, blue-white streaks jabbed at the earth, spreading out like an electric pitchfork.”
“necessity tonight. She accepted the glass of red wine Nick offered and tried not to down it with one gulp. “What’s the plan for tomorrow?” She sat down on the”
“until darkness closed in. She didn’t need a nosy neighbor”
“mother. Think of how humiliated she would be. And”
“Our work is to devote our own lives to pleasing God. It's that simple. We're to devote our efforts to learning to think as God thinks, to see ourselves and others through his eyes, to walk as he walked. That's our life's work.”
“it's a rare day when she speaks in anything but platitudes--all those exhausted phrases and hand-me-down ideas that cram the dump sites of contemporary wisdom”
“You need to kiss me. All night you slept cuddled into me. You can’t do that to a man without at least kissing him.”
“I smiled to myself, thinking of America, measuring her against the other girls. She was pretty, if a bit rough on the edges. It was an uncommon type of beauty, and I could tell she wasn't aware of it.”
“He lost himself in the words and images conjured in his mind and for a while forgot ... He found himself flying among stars and planets ...”
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