[Jesus] left because of you. He laid his security down with his hammer. ... Since he could bear your sins more easily than he could bear the thought of your hopelessness, he chose to leave. It wasn't easy. Leaving the carpentry shop never has been. -- Max Lucado
All effective fathers learn the importance of a wise and flexible response to their children's calls for attention. No busy signals here. No "hold" button. -- Gordon McDonald
Behold the turtle: He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.
Change is not merely necessary to life, it is life. Alvin Toffler
Don't worry if your work is hard and your rewards are few. Remember the mighty oak was once a nut like you.
Drive-in banking was invented so cars could go in and see their real owners.
Good friendships are fragile things and require as much care as any other fragile and precious thing. Randolph S. Bourne (1886-1918) American Writer
Goodness is the only investment that never fails. -- Henry David Thoreau
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
Here is the test to see if your mission here on earth is finished: If you are alive, it isn't. Richard Bach
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. -- Helen Keller
If God wanted you to talk more than he wanted you to listen, he would have given you two mouths and only one ear!
If you go looking for a friend, you're going to find they're very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you'll find them everywhere. - Zig Ziglar
If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price. Anonymous
If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together. African proverb
Joy is a choice. It is a matter of attitude that stems from one's confidence in God -- that He is at work, that He is in full control, that He is in the midst of whatever has happened, is happening, and will happen. Charles Swindoll (Laugh Again)
Many things I have tried to grasp, and have lost. That which I have placed in God's hands I still have. -- Martin Luther
Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don't know how to quit. ~ Robert Schuller
One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore. Andre Gide
One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it. Sidney Howard
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges. J.F. Newton
People may fail many times, but they become failures only when they begin to blame someone else. Unknown
Preaching should break a hard heart and heal a broken one. John Newton
Resentment is one burden that is incompatible with your success. Always be the first to forgive; and forgive yourself first always. ~ Dan Zadra
Sometimes you need a little push to go down the big slide.
Talents are best nurtured in solitude: character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world. Goethe
The best thing to do behind a friend's back is pat it. Ruth Brillhart
The future is purchased at the price of vision in the present. -- Samuel Johnson
The historical facts around Christ's life are both outward and clear. Certainly the theological truths that define Jesus are sure. Yet the realities of faith are always a matter of the heart. The fullness of his great love defies definition, and yet the open glory of his salvation spills over the edges of our most private selves. -- Calvin Miller
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. Elisabeth Foley
The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children. -- G. K. Chesterton
The next time you find yourself alone in a dark alley facing the undeniables of life, don't cover them with a blanket, or ignore them with a nervous grin. Don't turn up the TV and pretend they aren't there. Instead, stand still, whisper his name, and listen. He is nearer than you think. -- Max Lucado
The real danger of legalism is that it produces a sense of attainment that short-circuits our call to live the life of Yes thorugh Christ. Self-achievement brings a false sense of assurance that somehow we can live a pure life in our own ability. This attitude ultimately leads us to cut ourselves off from the heart of God and, in turn, to deny our true identity in Christ. David Edwards
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more!" And what happened then ... in Who-ville they say [is] that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day! -- Dr. Suess
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives ... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~ Ellen Goodman
We're never as good as we think we are, nor as bad as we think we are.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
When friendships are real, they are not glass threads, or frostwork, but the solidest things we know. A friend is the first person who comes in when the whole world has gone out. ~ Anonymous
When you are reluctant to change, think of the beauty of autumn.
When you carry out acts of kindness, you get a wonderful feeling inside. It is as though something inside your body responds and says, "Yes, this is how I ought to feel." -- Rabbi Harold Kushner
Your children are not the same. Not at all. Each one is unique. There are no "boiler plate" clauses that fit all children. They are like snowflakes with their own patterns and their own shapes and their own sizes. -- Bob Benson
Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.
Rather than persistence in service, service consists of courtesy. Observance of courtesy in the course of service is better than service itself.
True friends are like jewels, precious and rare. False ones are like autumn leaves, found everywhere. A Favorite School Teacher
Happiness is a dividend on a well-invested life. Duncan Stuart
Don't mistake activity for achievement. John Wooden
It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls. Unknown
Get rich quick! Count your blessings! Anonymous
You were planned for God's pleasure. ... God did not NEED to create you, but he CHOSE to create you for ... his benefit, his glory, his purpose, and his delight. Rick Warren
Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be. Charles Tremendous Jones
Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self, his real self that can dare and do and win out. Eleanor Porter
Keep your face in the sunshine and you can never see the shadow. Helen Keller
Like taking a morning shower, make the planting of positive thoughts a daily practice. Neil Eskelin
Through the law of cause and effect we choose our destiny. Moreover, we are our own prophets for we constantly project our future state by the seeds we plant in the present. Cheryl Canfield
Every time you trust God's wisdom and do whatever he says, even when you don't understand it, you deepen your friendship with God. Rick Warren
What soap is to the body, tears are for the soul. Jewish Proverb
If fear alters behavior, you're already defeated. Brenda Hammond
He who fears he shall suffer already suffers what he fears. Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
One of life's gifts is that each of us, no matter how tired and downtrodden, finds reasons for thankfulness. J. Robert Maskin
God smiles when we love him supremely. Rick Warren
Look around the habitable world; how few know their own good, or knowing it, pursue. John Dryden
Many of our fears are tissue paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them. Brendan Francis
You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. Eric Hoffer
Joy is at its keenest when contrasted with sorrow, courage at its height when it follows fear, faith at its noblest when it grows from doubt. Alice H. Rice
Who but the same God Who stands in the darker, fouler rooms of our hearts and says, 'Yes, let the God of Heaven and Earth be born here -- in THIS place.' Leslie Leyland Fields
If you never learned the lesson of thankfulness, begin now. Sum up your mercies; see what provision God has made for your happiness, what opportunities for your usefulness, and what advantages for your success. Ida S. Taylor
There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person and it can never be filled by any created thing. It can only be filled by God, made known through Jesus Christ. Blaise Pascal
He who speaks the loudest is the least heard. Robert Half
A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it's a whisper. Barry Neil Kaufman
If we really think that home is elsewhere, and that this life is a 'wandering to find home,' why should I not look forward to the arrival? C. S. Lewis
Talents, like intelligence, are value neutral. If you want to want to change your life so that others may benefit from your strengths, change your values. Don't waste time trying to change your talents. Buckingham, Marcus & Donald O. Clifton (Now, Discover Your Talents)
[When] Jesus Himself fasted, He was not fasting to repent or to bring His desires under control, of course, but to demonstrate His absolute dependence upon His Father. Peter C. Moore
Once you get past the idea that for every winner there must be a loser, amazing things can happen. Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval (The Power of Nice)
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing. Socrates
Adversity introduces a man to himself. Anonymous
Think for yourself and let others enjoy the privilege of doing so too. Voltaire