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Journaling Prompts

Refined:  Were you taugh or trained as a child to be ladylike, and did you comply? Are you more of a lady or a tomboy? How much do you value decorum and elegance? Would you rather be dressed to the nines and in heels and pearls or in jeans and bare feet? Does etiquette matter to you?


Bestow: What gifts have you been granted? Do you think about the sources of the good fortune in your life, and how do you show gratitude? What gifts have been denied you? Do you harbor anger at that same source?


Beauty: How do you measure or evaluate beauty? Is there such a thing as objective beauty, or is it in the eye of the beholder? Do you consider yourself beautiful? If not, why now? What would you change about yourself if you could? Is there anything you would give up for objective beauty?


Graceful: Is there someone in your life, now or in the past, who personifies grace? What qualities does/did that person possess that were/are graceful? What parts of their behavior or personality would you like to emulate?


Mercy and Forgiveness: How good are you at showing grace, kindness and forgiveness to others?  Do you live and behave with dignity and treat others as such? Have you ever been unable to forgive someone? Looking back, have your feelings changed?

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A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.

Tennessee Williams


A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker; but without these nothing will avail... Fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are merely the decorative surface of oratory.

Charles Horton Cooley


A singer starts by having his instrument as a gift from God... When you have been given something in a moment of grace, it is sacrilegious to be greedy.

Marian Anderson


Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.

Francis of Assisi


After deep exercise of soul I was brought by grace to feel I could entirely.

John Nelson Darby


All grace grows as Love to the Word of God grows.

Philip Henry


All my stories are about the action of grace on a character who is not very willing to support it, but most people think of these stories as hard, hopeless and brutal.

Flannery O'Connor


Although the whole man partakes of this grace, it is first and most appropriately in the soul and later progresses to the body, inasmuch as the body of the man is capable of the same obedience to the will of God as the soul.

William Ames


And now let me address all of you, high and low, rich and poor, one with another, to accept of mercy and grace while it is offered to you; Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation; and will you not accept it, now it is offered unto you?

George Whitefield


Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.

Saul Bellow


As an inspiration to the author, I do not think the cat can be over-estimated. He suggests so much grace, power, beauty, motion, mysticism. I do not wonder that many writers love cats; I am only surprised that all do not.

Carl Van Vechten


As in nature, as in art, so in grace; it is rough treatment that gives souls, as well as stones, their luster.

Thomas Guthrie


Basically, I started singing when I started talking. Music has just been my saving grace my whole life.

Mariah Carey


Beauty is grace and confidence. I've learned to accept and appreciate what nature gave me.

Lindsay Lohan


Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Because up to sixteen years old you feel gymnastics more. You can show your emotion, grace, like woman gymnastics, not kid's gymnastics. I feel I have good shape, and I can do it elements everything, but, it's not competition for me.

Olga Korbut


Courage and grace are a formidable mixture. The only place to see it is in the bullring.

Marlene Dietrich


Courage is grace under pressure.

Ernest Hemingway


Do you know that the ready concession of minor points is a part of the grace of life?

Henry Harland


Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart.

Sarah Ban Breathnach


For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Get place and wealth, if possible with grace; if not, by any means get wealth and place.

Alexander Pope


Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere. Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.

Robert Louis Stevenson


God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

Reinhold Niebuhr


Grace can and does have a history.

Karl Rahner


Grace has been defined as the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.

William Hazlitt


Grace in women has more effect than beauty.

William Hazlitt


Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity.

William Hazlitt


Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.

Friedrich Schiller


Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace.

Karl Barth


Grace tried is better than grace, and more than grace; it is glory in its infancy.

Samuel Rutherford


Great comforts do, indeed, bear witness to the truth of thy grace, but not to the degree of it; the weak child is oftener in the lap than the strong one.

William Gurnall


Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

Denis Waitley


Humility is a grace that shines in a high condition but cannot, equally, in a low one because a person in the latter is already, perhaps, too much humbled.

Samuel Richardson


I come into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief... For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendell Berry


I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.

Anne Lamott

I want peace. I want to see if somewhere there isn't something left in life of charm and grace.

Margaret Mitchell


I want, of course, peace, grace, and beauty. How do you do that? You work for it.

Studs Terkel




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