Quotes

Where possible, I have given due credit to the author of the quote. I apologize, but there are many quotes I've collected over the years for which I do not know whom to attribute credit for the wisdom. These quotes have influenced my life, and I owe a great debt of gratitude to the ones who were so inspired. C. Smith
  • You should always want the best man out there, even if it isn't you. 
  • God looking at Jesus on the cross was like looking in the mirror and seeing Himself a sinner. 
  • To do much, one must be organized. 
  • You lose your shield, you lose your faith; you lose your faith, you lose your shield. 
  • If your are not meeting the devil head on, then you're going in the same direction. Billy Sunday 
  • The more you have, the more occupied you are. The less you have, the more free you are. Teresa of Calcutta 
  • Freedom lies in being bold. 
  • I have never thought it necessary to save for the future or look out for myself or my family except that we trust God. So, when we see someone in need, an old woman, a sick person, or a helpless infant– I freely give whatever I have at the time. I know that later, when I am in need, God will provide for me. I don’t need to look out for myself in any way other than to trust in Him. George Mueller 
  • It's important not to define yourself by what you do, but who you are. 
  • God’s promises are true, whether we believe them or not. C.E. Smith 
  • We have nothing to fear for the future excepting we forget how God has led in the past. 
  • If God has something better for us than what we are praying for, our prayers won't hinder it. Zachary Smith 
  • The less we have, the more we give. Seems absurd, but it’s the logic of love. Mother Teresa 
  • If you learn from defeat, you haven't really lost. Zig Ziglar 
  • Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. Edmund Burke 
  • People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care. John Maxwell 
  • Reputations are history in rumor form: you can change it. 
  • A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small package. 
  • "The thing about you Christians, is that you are so unlike your Christ." Ghandi 
  • Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like. Will Rogers 
  • A man is as tall as the sum of his deeds. 
  • Evil thrives when good men do nothing. 
  • Always err on the side of flattery. 
  • You can't learn talent. 
  • "To walk away from the approval of man to gain My approval is one of the greatest sacrifices you could ever make." God to me 
  • Cash you can spend; sentiment will buy you nothing. 
  • Learn to hold loosely all that is not eternal. A M Royden 
  • The thing we would remember from meeting a truly gospel-humble person is how much they seemed to be totally interested in us. Because the essence of gospel-humility is not thinking more of myself or thinking less of myself, it is thinking of myself less. Tim Keller from his book "The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness" 
  • Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps, if you are not willing to move your feet. 
  • What on earth are you doing for Heaven's sake? 
  • Jesus first, Others first, Yourself last spells JOY. Amish Proverb 
  • Into every life a little rain must fall. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
  • There is no bottle deep enough to drown the sorrows of the human heart. Cheryl E. Smith 
  • You never miss the water 'til the well runs dry. 
  • No man knows what he can do until he is tested. 
  • Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal. 
  • While we are busy teaching our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. 
  • Happiness comes not from finding someone to live with, but finding someone you cannot live without. 
  • Most things in life that seem really complicated are really pretty simple...you just have to take a closer look. 
  • Good, old-fashioned ways keep hearts sweet, heads sane, hands busy. Louisa May Alcott 
  • I don't blame people for their mistakes, but I do ask that they pay for them. 
  • God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. John Piper 
  • Work for the Lord. The pay is low, but the retirement benefits are out of this world. 
  • Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. 
  • Christians are the light of the world, but the switch has to be turned on. 
  • If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? 
  • You always win a better response with love. Helen Hosier 
  • Use for yourself little, but give to others much. Albert Einstein 
  • Christian volunteers are good for nothing. 
  • Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them. Elisabeth Elliot 
  • Jesus still makes house calls. 
  • When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. Helen Keller 
  • I was having a conversation with God, after feeling the pangs of seeing someone I love dearly being treated unfairly. "I can't stand injustice! Especially, if it is affecting someone I love", I ranted. God immediately replied, "Why do you think I had to turn away when My Son was on the cross? I was tempted to stop it." 
  • Trying times are the times to try more faith. 
  • It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials. Bruce Lee 
  • If you're trouble is long-standing, try kneeling. 
  • The faith to move mountains is the reward of those who have moved little hills. 
  • Patience is a virtue that carries a lot of wait. 
  • Triumph is umph added to try. 
  • Welcome: You aren't too bad to come in or too good to stay out. 
  • Come as you are, God will have you no other way. 
  • Let the Son shine in. 
  • Let gratitude be your attitude. 
  • Everyone you meet today is on Heaven's Most Wanted list. Charles R. Swindoll 
  • The only real mistake is one from which we learn nothing. John Powell 
  • God's mark is on everything that obeys Him. Martin Luther 
  • True peace is not the absence of war but the presence of God. Our Daily Bread 
  • Forgiveness is man's deepest need and God's highest achievement. Horace Bushness 
  • It scares me, but I don't let it stop me. 
  • True friendship continues to grow - even over the longest distance. Bryce Timberlake 
  • Encourage me, and I will not forget you. William Arthur Ward 
  • When we pray, it is far more important to pray with a sense of the greatness of God than with a sense of the greatness of the problem. Evangeline Blood, Wycliffe Bible translator 
  • A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing with God. 
  • Trouble and perplexity drive us to prayer; prayer driveth away trouble and perplexity. Melancthon 
  • The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one that needs the least. 
  • Speak kind words; hear kind echoes. 
  • Prayer is the next best thing to being there. 
  • The Christian is tallest when on his knees. 
  • There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience. French Proverb 
  • I have more peace since they have turned against me than I did when they liked me. Praise God, the peace is worth it all. 3-2-2013 
  • Many a humble soul will be amazed to find that the seed it sowed in weakness, in the dust of daily life, has blossomed into immortal flowers under the eye of the Lord. Harriet Beecher Stowe 
  • Train your child in the way in which you know you should have gone yourself. C.H.Spurgeon 
  • As a mother, my job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible. Ruth Bell Graham 
  • Live in Christ, die in Christ, and the flesh need not fear death.John Knox 
  • Sometimes God answers our prayers ahead of time. C. E. Smith 

  • True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. C.S. Lewis 
  • He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. Jim Elliot 
  • I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination. 
  • Feed your faith, and your doubts will starve. 
  • A friend's feet may leave your home, but never your heart. American Proverb 
  • Sin would be less attractive, and there would be a great reduction in it being committed, if the wages were paid immediately. 
  • A family altar can alter a family. 
  • To be almost saved is to be totally lost. 
  • God doesn't always require the sacrifices we are willing to make. Think of Abraham. 7/15/13 
  • Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. Mark Twain 
  • All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. Helen Keller 
  • You alone can do it, but you can't do it alone. 
  • Read the Bible - prevent truth decay. 
  • He said, "Love...as I have loved you." We cannot love too much. Amy Carmichael 
  • The one thing we most urgently need is a deeper knowledge of God. We need to know God better. D. A. Carson 
  • Not every thought in your mind is one that God has placed there. 
  • You can't break God's promises by leaning on them. 
  • Faith is to the soul what a main spring is to a watch. 
  • To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Lewis B. Smedes 
  • Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons - but they are helpless against our prayers. J. Sidlow Baxter 
  • Do not take counsel of your fears. 
  • Failure is never final. 
  • When Mother Theresa received the Nobel Prize, she was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace?" She replied, "Go home and love your family." 
  • It is from adversity that strength is born. 
  • We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts. A.W. Tozer 
  • True wealth is who you are, not what you have. 
  • You master your enemies not by force, but by forgiveness. 
  • You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. John Bunyan 
  • Love lights more fires that hate can extinguish. Ella Wheeler-Wilcox 
  • Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Socrates 
  • The heart sees better than the eye. Jewish Proverb 
  • The road to a friend's house is never long. Danish Proverb 
  • To be bitter is to waste precious moments of a life that's too short already. 
  • Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship. Dorothy Parker 
  • Being offended is a choice. You get to decide how you react to the wrongdoing of others. Michael Hyatt 
  • A foreigner is a friend I've yet to meet. Pearl Buck 
  • Have fun in the Son...you won't burn. 
  • By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach. 
  • If we, as parents, are too busy to listen to our children, how then can they understand a God Who hears? V. Gilbert Beers 
  • The past steps on the heels of the present. 
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt 
  • Humble pie is bitter, but the aftertaste is sweet. - Cheryl E. Smith 
  • A passion for the cross brings compassion for the lost. 
  • No light shines brighter than the Son. 
  • Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light. V. Raymond Edman 
  • Let go, and let God. 
  • If a child lives with approval, he learns to live with himself Dorothy Law Nolte 
  • Heaven knows when you were here last. (church sign) 
  • Live near to God, and all things will appear little to you in comparison with eternal realities. Robert Murray McCheyne 
  • God uses the insignificant to accomplish the impossible. 
  • Long-standing problem? Try kneeling. 
  • Its not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving. Mother Teresa 
  • Friendships and families are like fudge - best with a few nuts. 
  • We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill 
  • God gives His best to those who leave the choice to Him. 
  • The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are. C S Lewis 
  • If God is your co-pilot, switch seats. 
  • The happiest business in all the world is that of making friends. Anne S. Eaton 
  • Where there's a prayer, there's a way. 
  • Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. Mother Teresa 
  • Integrity is shown when no one is looking. 
  • God gives us the ingredients for our daily bread, but He expects us to do the baking. 
  • Heaven is real...do you have reservations? 
  • Beware of half-truths...for the half you believe in may be the wrong half. 
  • If you don't go into the kitchen, you won't get burnt, but you will go hungry. 
  • Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark. 
  • Be the soul support of your children. 
  • Wearing your halo too tight also gives others a headache. 
  • A happy childhood is one of the best gifts that parents have in their power to bestow. Mary Cholmondeley 
  • Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point. 
  • Whatever it took, He did; whatever He asks, I will. 
  • Worry ends where faith begins. 
  • Prayer should be the first resource, not the last resort. 
  • To err is human, to forgive divine. Alexander Pope 
  • We all have enough strength to bear someone else's burden. 
  • Give love and unconditional acceptance to those you encounter, and notice what happens. Wayne Dyer 
  • Being in the center of God's will doesn't mean you won't be fought. 1-31-2012 
  • Children always listen better when you whisper. 
  • A man's reach should exceed his grasp. Robert Browning 
  • God never promised it would be easy, but He did promise it would be worth it. 
  • In practicing the art of parenthood, an ounce of example is worth a ton of preachment. Wilferd A. Peterson 
  • When you throw mud at someone, you're the one losing ground. 
  • Blowing out the other person's candle won't make yours any brighter. 
  • When a person has a pet peeve, it's amazing how often he pets it. 
  • When it comes to doing good to others, some people will stop at nothing. 
  • Compassion is someone else's pain in your heart. 
  • Your day goes the way the corners of your mouth turn. 
  • God's work done in God's way never lacks God's supplies. 
  • The heart that gives...gathers. Hannah Moore 
  • No man stumbles when he is on his knees. 
  • Service is not spelled "s-e-r-v-e u-s". 
  • The better part of one's life consists of his friendships. Abraham Lincoln 
  • Relationships are like tennis; if you serve well, you rarely lose. Taylor Morgan 
  • Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. Elizabeth Bibesco 
  • You can't hide from God from missing church. 
  • Home is the place where the great are small and the small are great. Glen Wheeler 
  • Thank God for what you have; trust God for what you need. 
  • Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend. Charles H. Spurgeon 
  • A smile adds to your faith value. 
  • When there seems no way out, let God in. 
  • When the outlook is bad, try the uplook. 
  • Joy always grows best in the soil of thankfulness. 
  • Directions to Heaven: Turn right, and keep straight. 
  • A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel. 
  • If God seems far away, who moved? 
  • When home is ruled according to God's Word, angels might be asked to stay with us and they would not find themselves out of their element. Charles H. Spurgeon 
  • If you think this matter is hopeless, then I can only surmise that you believe God has no control over it. Tracie Peterson 
  • Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee. St. Augustine 
  • Men give advice; God gives guidance. Leonard Ravenhill 
  • God had an only Son, and He made Him a missionary. David Livingstone 
  • The greatest sermon ever preached came from an empty tomb. 
  • He who fears God has nothing to fear. 
  • Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller 
  • Even a small star shines in the darkness. 
  • We should seize every opportunity to give encouragement. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul. George M. Adams 
  • There is no right way to do the wrong thing. 
  • What I am to be, I am becoming. 
  • God is not permissive. If He were, we would have given "the ten suggestions." 
  • The ten commandments are not multiple choice. 
  • Form good habits...they are just as hard to break as bad ones. 
  • Christians aren't perfect...just forgiven. 
  • Most people prefer sermons that go over their heads and hit their neighbors. 
  • All I am or hope to be, I owe to my mother. Abraham Lincoln 
  • A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
  • Reputation is what people think you to be; character is what God knows you to be. 
  • In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence. Sir Isaac Newton 
  • Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. Lin Yutang 
  • The man who walks with God always gets to his destination. Henrietta Mears 
  • He who abandons himself to God will never be abandoned by God. 
  • When God is going to do a wonderful thing, He begins with a difficulty. When He is going to do a very wonderful thing, He begins with an impossibility. Charles Inwood 
  • What I must do, and not what people think, is all that concerns me. 
  • Charity sees the condition, not the cause. 
  • An infallible way to make your child miserable is to satisfy all his demands. Henry Home 
  • Man loves us because of; God loves us in spite of. 
  • A closed heart can only be opened from the inside. 
  • A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to come unraveled. 
  • A Bible that is falling apart belongs to a person who isn't. 
  • He who is born of God is certain to resemble his Father. 
  • God bless you: it's nothing to sneeze at. 
  • Seven days without prayer makes one weak. 
  • If the bees disappear, man would have only four years of life left. Albert Einstein 
  • If God brings you to it, He'll bring you through it. 
  • You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. Amy Carmichael 
  • Remember not only to say the right thing at the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. Benjamin Franklin 
  • The closer we are to God, the closer we are to those who are close to Him. Thomas Merton 
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop 
  • God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage. 
  • In His plans for friends, God often paints way outside the lines. Joy MacKenzie 
  • If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. Emily Dickinson 
  • Christian character is forged in the crucible of pain. 
  • A mother understands what a child does not say. Jewish Proverb 
  • The Lord can do great things through those who don't care who gets the credit. Helen Pearson 
  • Six "D's" for successful Christian living: Desire, Dedication, Diligence, Determination, Devotion, and Discipline. Keep the "D's" forefront in your mind and apply them continually. If one is lacking, fortify it the minute you identify the lack. Cheryl E. Smith 
  • Sin resisted tempts no longer. 
  • When satan knocks at your door, ask Jesus to answer it. 
  • I regret often that I have spoken, never that I have been silent. Syrus 
  • Charity is love in work gloves. 
  • God plus one equals a majority. 
  • Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. Lady Bird Johnson 
  • Children are the hands by which we take hold of Heaven. Henry Ward Beecher 
  • God always sends His staff with His rod. 
  • It is no small thing to be a friend to God. 
  • "I can forgive, but I can not forget" is only a way of saying, "I will not forgive." Forgiveness ought to like a cancelled note - torn in two and burned up, so that it can never be shown against one. Henry Ward Beecher 
  • Give all God asks; take all He promises. 
  • God said in the Bible "Do not fear" 365 times - one for each day of the year. 
  • Two men looked out through prison bars; one saw mud, the other saw stars. 
  • Those who never learn to laugh at themselves miss many opportunities to be amused. 
  • All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke 
  • Differences have nothing to do with love. 
  • Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field since the payment is pure love. Mildred B. Vermont 
  • Sometimes the unexpected is what gives us the most...teaches us the sweetest lessons of all. 
  • Pride is a foolish man's burden. 
  • Stop asking, "Why me?", and start asking, "What am I gonna do about it?" 
  • Children need love especially when they don't deserve it. Harold S. Hulbert 
  • Do not lift the load, unless you are prepared to carry it the distance. 
  • Our capacity to individually survive and collectively thrive hinges on our ability to provide assistance to each other and accept occasional assistance in return. 
  • A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done. 
  • Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere. 
  • If you have no prayer life yourself, it is rather a useless gesture to make your child say his prayers every night. Peter Marshall 
  • We never touch people so lightly that we do not leave a trace. Peggy Tabor Millin 
  • I am deeply a part of the problem for which Christ died. Keith Miller 
  • It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply. A. W. Tozer 
  • A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. Oliver Wendell Holmes 
  • The gate to wisdom is being able to say "I don't know." 
  • My biggest regrets are not the things I did, but rather the things I did not do. 
  • I shall pass this way but once. Therefore, any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again. 
  • I remember my mother's prayers, and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. Abraham Lincoln 
  • The master's approval is the servant's best wages. 
  • The set of the sail, not the gale, determines how we go. 
  • Do what you can do, and God will do what you can't. 
  • A Scripture a day keeps the devil away. 
  • Look around you, and be distressed. Look within you, and be depressed. Look to Jesus, and be at rest. 
  • Lessons are better caught than taught. 
  • Wisdom is knowledge put to work. 
  • My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll end up as the pope. Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso." Pablo Picasso 
  • Most saw Goliath as too big to kill; David saw him as too big to miss. 
  • The problem isn't the problem, but what we think about the problem. 
  • Daily prayers will diminish your cares. Betty Mills 
  • Many a man has kept straight because his mother bent her knees. Glen Wheeler 
  • Christians can't lose for winning. 
  • Tough times never last; tough people do. Robert Schuller 
  • The greatest mistake a person can make is to be afraid of making one. Elbert Hubbard 
  • There is a world of difference between a person who has a big problem and a person who makes a problem big. John Maxwell 
  • The epitaph on a negative person's headstone should read, "I expected this." 
  • A sweater is a garment worn by a child when his mother feels chilly. Barbara Johnson 
  • Positive thinking will not always change our circumstances, but it will always change us. 
  • What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Walt Emerson 
  • Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. John Maxwell 
  • As parents, we never stand so tall as when we stoop to help our children. Dr. Anthony P. Witham 
  • A good laugh is sunshine in a house. Thackeray 
  • Leaders must live by higher standards than their followers. 
  • We cannot lead anyone else further than we have been ourselves. John Maxwell 
  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams 
  • If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world. C.S. Lewis 
  • You cannot put dirt into a well and produce clean water. 
  • Children have more need of models than of critics. Joseph Joubert 
  • Live your life so that the preacher won't have to lie at your funeral. 
  • We have to stop looking at prayer as the spare tire in the trunk and start seeing it as the steering wheel. 
  • It has been said that the greatest men have the greatest faults and failings, just as the tallest men cast the longest shadows. 
  • A good deed is never lost. He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. St. Basil 
  • I am not moved by what I see. I am not moved by what I feel. I am moved only by what I believe. Smith Wigglesworth 
  • Don't spend six days sowing wild oats, then go to church and pray for a crop failure. 
  • We can only be used by God after first being willing to be used by people. Cheryl E. Smith 
  • Believe your beliefs. Doubt your doubts. F.F. Bosworth 
  • Leaders must be willing to be led. 
  • Your children learn more of your faith during the bad times than they do during the good times. Beverly LaHaye 
  • Making it fun will get the job done. 
  • God is never late; so, my soul, wait. 
  • God didn't promise an easy passage, but a safe landing. 
  • My mother was the source from which I derived the guiding principles of my life. John Wesley 
  • I am not everyone, but I am someone. I cannot do all things, but I can do something. 
  • Great men are those who find out that what they ought to do and what they want to do are the same thing. 
  • Never complain about what you permit. 
  • Choices have consequences. 
  • There must be a Calvary before there is a resurrection. 
  • When you cast your bread upon the water, you never know how it will be returned to you. 
  • God's promises are guaranteed for eternity. 
  • Lost time is never found. 
  • Forbidden fruit creates many jams. 
  • There will be no reduction in the wages of sin. 
  • When trouble grows, true character shows. 
  • Gossip the gospel. 
  • God never tires of hearing us pray. 
  • The best things in life are not things. 
  • It's time to stop letting your history control your destiny. 
  • It didn't come to stay; it came to pass. 
  • Don't be a victim of circumstances; be a victor of circumstances. 
  • Fasting is God's testing ground and healing ground. 
  • The heart that gives, gathers. 
  • Burn brightly without burning out. Richard Biggs 
  • Throw your heart over the fence, and the rest will follow. Norman Vincent Peale 
  • A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure. 
  • Don't look where you fell, but where you slipped. 
  • Look at life through the windshield, not through the rear-view mirror. 
  • People may doubt what you say, but they believe what you do. 
  • Failure is not falling down; it is staying down. 
  • The more completely we die to self, the more completely we can live. 
  • The Master of all became servant of all. 
  • It is the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, and living close to nature. Laura Ingalls Wilder 
  • It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no person can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  • I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life. God gave me life that I might enjoy all things. 
  • Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have. 
  • The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller 
  • I do not ask to see the distant scenes: one step enough for me. 
  • Motivation is the key to inspiration. 
  • We can live free from sin by having power and authority over it. 
  • Tact is the unspoken part of what you think. 
  • God feeds the birds, but He doesn't put it in their nest. 
  • Jesus has power for us, but we must come under His authority to obtain it. 
  • This too shall pass. Abraham Lincoln 
  • Write what you know; write what you believe in. Herein lies writing's driving passion. 
  • Praying for a friend is a beautiful way to share the love of Christ. Willie Murphy 
  • Want God's help fast? Fast. Kevin J. Smith 
  • God still speaks to those who listen. 
  • God doesn't call us to be lawyers or judges, but witnesses. 
  • Preach the gospel at all times; use words if necessary. 
  • If you stay ready to serve God, you will stay ready to die. 
  • Suspend judgment until you see the end of the situation. Darrell Johnson 
  • The measure of a man's life is the well spending of it, and not the length. 
  • We mutter and sputter, we fume and we spurt; we mumble and grumble, our feelings get hurt. We can't understand things, our vision grows dim; when all that we need is, a moment with Him. Author unknown 
  • If our hopes are being disappointed just now, it means they are being purified. Oswald Chambers 
  • Retire from the world each day to some private spot. Stay in the secret place till the surrounding noises being to fade out of your heart and a sense of God's presence envelops you. Listen for the inward Voice till you learn to recognize it. Give yourself to God and then be what and who you are without regard to what others think. Learn to pray inwardly every moment. A.W. Tozer 
  • A Christian that will move the world is a Christian that will not let the world move them. 
  • Only God Who has prepared Heaven for man can prepare man for Heaven. 
  • God's tape measure goes around the heart and not the head. 
  • Our trials may seem unreasonable, but they are not without reason. Chuck Swindoll 
  • Don't let your past dictate your future. Chuck Swindoll 
  • If I was the only view of Jesus the world would ever see, what kind of a person would they think Him to be? Cheryl E. Smith 
  • If you don't care who gets credit, it's amazing how much you can get done. Ronald Reagan 
  • The largest room in the world is the room for improvement. 
  • Since Christ is the way, why waste time traveling some other way? 
  • Success comes in cans; failure comes in can'ts. 
  • A Bible that is falling apart usually has an owner who isn't. 
  • Imagination is the biggest nation in the world. 
  • Enjoy the little things in life...one day you will look back and realize they were the big things. 
  • Mothers of little boys work from son up to son down. 
  • One hundred years from now...it won't matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank, nor what my clothes looked like, but the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child. 
  • Don't tell God how big your storm is. Tell your storm how big God is. 
  • Live the life you love. 
  • I believe...in the sun even when it isn't shining, in love even when I cannot feel it, in God even when He is silent. 
  • We don't get to go back and look at the road we didn't take. 
  • If not us, who? If not now, when? Ronald Reagan 
  • For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  • A man's reach should exceed his grasp...Robert Browning 
  • To go too far is as bad as to fall short. 
  • The Kingdom of God is bringing what is up there down here. Maybe the way to do that is to worry less about where we can step up & lead and more about where we can step down & serve. 
  • When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, "I used everything you gave me." Erma Bombeck 
  • The least said is the easiest mended. 
  • God's resources are equal to His requirements. 
  • Eternity is too long to be wrong. 
  • A good example preaches a powerful sermon. 
  • Life is fragile; handle it with prayer. 
  • God's answers are wiser than our prayers. 
  • God never made a promise that is too good to be true. 
  • Opportunity may knock once, but temptation leans on the doorbell. 
  • It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. 
  • Be to others kind and true, as you would have them be to you. 
  • Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. 
  • Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. 
  • We can do no great things, only small things with great love. Mother Theresa 
  • What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. 
  • When feeling sheepish, talk to the Shepherd. 
  • The tree on the mountain takes whatever the weather brings. If it has any choice at all, it is in putting down roots as deeply as possible...each new day. Corrie Ten Boom 
  • Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. 
  • Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. 
  • The great man shows his greatness by the way he treats the little man. 
  • Give God what's right, not what's left. 
  • Man's way leads to a hopeless end; God's way leads to an endless hope. 
  • Don't put a question mark where God puts a period. 
  • Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church. 
  • When God ordains, He sustains. 
  • Exercise daily - walk with the Lord. 
  • Never give the devil a ride - he will always want to drive. 
  • Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it. 
  • He who angers you controls you. 
  • Give satan an inch, and he'll be a ruler. 
  • God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the called. 
  • The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. 
  • How many times do we miss God's blessings, because they are not packaged as we expected? 
  • You will never be in the wrong place, if you are in the center of God's will. 
  • Faith is not believing God can; it is knowing He will. 
  • Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up. 
  • Dog spelled backwards is still man's best Friend. 
  • If your life depended on knowing the Bible, how long would you last? 
  • Never underestimate Jesus; He'll prove you wrong every time. 
  • Don't put people down, unless it is on your prayer list. 
  • When satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future. 
  • A good attitude begins with gratitude. 
  • Fear not tomorrow; God is already there. 
  • The only One Who can satisfy the human heart is the One Who made it. 
  • Trust an unknown future to an all-knowing God. 
  • Never try to carry tomorrow's burdens with today's grace. 
  • Sermons are better preached with lives than lips. 
  • A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel. 
  • The chain of a mother's prayer links her child to God. 
  • Faith keeps the one who keeps the faith. 
  • Prayer moves the hand that moves the world. 
  • Live today like it is your very last day. 
  • Those who stand best kneel most. 
  • What we weave in time we'll wear in eternity. 
  • When faith goes to market, it always takes a basket. 
  • Little faith will bring your souls to Heaven; great faith will bring Heaven to your souls. Charles H. Spurgeon 
  • Example is a language anyone can read. 
  • In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity. 
  • Worry pulls tomorrow's clouds over today's sunshine. 
  • God didn't call us to be successful, just faithful. Mother Teresa 
  • Christians always win in the end. 
  • Hating others doesn't hurt them at all. It hurts you. 
  • Our hearts are at rest when we are at rest in God. Augustine 
  • Relying on God has to start all over every day as if nothing has yet been done. C S Lewis 
  • Life isn't about living on earth forever; it's about making the journey really count. 
  • God reserves the right to use people who disagree with me. 
  • Grace - getting what we don't deserve. Mercy - not getting what we deserve. 
  • The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you. 
  • Human nature seems to need suffering to fit it for being a blessing to the world. 
  • We have heard of many people who trust God too little, but have you ever heard of anyone who trusted Him too much? J. Hudson Taylor 
  • If the twig is bent, the tree will never grow straight. 
  • No man can use his Bible with power unless he has the character of Jesus in his heart. Alan Redpath 
  • God is willing to make the best of us, but we have to be willing to give Him the worst of us. 
  • Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all. St. Augustine 
  • We are not placed on this earth to see through each other, but to see each other through. William M. Kinnaird 
  • Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. 
  • Those who live in the Lord never see each other for the last time. An old German motto 
  • So many suffer so much while so few sacrifice so little. Dr. Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision 
  • Do we so appreciate the marvelous salvation of Jesus Christ that we are our utmost for His highest? Oswald Chambers 
  • Often the doorway to success is entered through the hallway of failure. Erwin W. Lutzer 
  • When God forgives, He forgets. He buries our sins in the sea and puts a sign on the bank saying, "No Fishing Allowed." Corrie Ten Boom 
  • Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging an injury makes you even with him; forgiving an injury sets you above him. 
  • Forgiveness is the antiseptic for our emotional wounds. Floyd McClung, Jr. 
  • Man's extremity is God's opportunity. Matthew Henry 
  • Impossible is one of God's favorite words. Max Lucado 
  • History is His story. James Packer 
  • Whether we preach, pray, write, do business, travel, take care of children or administer the government - whatever we do - our whole life and influence should be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Charles G. Finney 
  • Kind words are the music of the world. Frederick William Faber 
  • The nicest thing we can do for our Heavenly Father, is to be kind to one of His children. St. Teresa of Avila 
  • 'Twas a thief said the last kind word to Christ: Christ took the kindness and forgave the thief. Robert Browning 
  • You can't speak a kind word too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. Our Daily Bread 
  • Man is lonely mainly because he has been disconnected from the Divine presence. James Johnson 
  • Brotherly love is still the distinguishing badge of every true Christian. Matthew Henry 
  • It is good to remember that the tea kettle, although up to its neck in hot water, continues to sing. 
  • Our position in life is not as important as our disposition. 
  • Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused. Charles H. Spurgeon 
  • The Bible says "feed the sheep", not "beat the sheep". 
  • The kind of sermon which is likely to break the hearer's heart is that which first has broken the preacher's heart, and the sermon which is likely to reach the heart of the hearer is the one which has come straight from the heart of the preacher. Charles Spurgeon 
  • The true character of ministry is a servant's heart. Harold Warner 
  • I have found out that the things that hurt us the most can become the fuel and the catalyst that propels us toward our destiny. It will either make you bitter or it will make you better. T.D. Jakes 
  • It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and forever remove all doubt. 
  • Small men never think they're small; great men never think they're great. 
  • Of all the words of tongue and pen, the worst of these, "what could have been." 
  • The first key to greatness is to be in reality what we appear to be. Socrates 
  • The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he would never be found out. Thomas Macauley 
  • If you get too busy serving God, you will be too busy to sin. Chuck Baker 
  • All things else being equal, our prayers are only as powerful as our lives. In the long pull we only pray as well as we live. A. W. Tozer 
  • Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay. 
  • Whatever hour God has blessed you with, take it with grateful hand. Horace 
  • The chains of sin are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken. Tom Drout 
  • One man working with you is worth a dozen men working for you. Herman M. Koelliker 
  • Time flies. It's up to you to navigate. Robert Orben 
  • Our days are identical suitcases - all the same size - but some people can pack more into them than others. 
  • If you would be loved, love, and be loveable. Benjamin Franklin 
  • If you keep your nose to the grindstone rough and hold it there long enough, you soon will say there's no such thing as a babbling brook or birds that sing; these three things will all your life compose - just you, the stone, and a ground down nose. 
  • God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame. Elizabeth Barrett Browning 
  • There's a courage greater than the fear of others' opinions. 
  • God gives greater challenges to those with the most character. Count this as a compliment. 
  • You are young for a short time, but you can be immature indefinitely. 
  • Let me preach as a dying man to dying men; let me preach as if I'll never preach again. 
  • You can have a lot of degrees, but no temperature. 
  • God wants full custody, not a weekend visit. 
  • We stand tallest when we stoop to help others. 
  • When fear knocks on the door, send faith to answer. 
  • There are always two sides on the streets of conflict. 
  • That leaden night on which He was betrayed,The One by Whom the universe was made; Reclined with friends, took bread, and stretched a hand, Of love to him who His demise had planned. Gustafson 
  • God's wheels grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine. 
  • You can live a lie, but you cannot escape the truth. 
  • It is the obligation of the ruler to continually renew himself in order to renew the people by his example. Confucius 
  • Be nice to people on your way up, because you'll need them on your way down. 
  • While seeking revenge, dig two graves...one for yourself. 
  • Courage is not a lack of fear, but the ability to act while facing it. 
  • You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was. 
  • Seeds of depression cannot take root in a grateful heart. 
  • Whatever you focus upon, increases. 
  • I choose to suffer a wrong than to do a wrong. 
  • A woman's heart ought to be so hidden in Christ that a man would have to seek Him first to find her. 
  • Your actions always follow your beliefs. 
  • If it's to be, it's up to me. 
  • Like attracts like. So give generously and boldly with an attitude of gratitude and your receiving will be the same. 
  • If you need something, give some of it away. 
  • The best vitamin for a Christian is B1. 
  • Aspire to inspire before you expire. 
  • A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. 
  • Failure to prepare is preparing for failure. K.C. Rich 
  • The one who will put you up the highest, will drop you the hardest. Helen M. Underdown 
  • An orderly society cannot exist if every man may decide which laws he will obey. Lewis F. Powell 
  • A rising tide floats all ships. 
  • Example is a language anyone can read. 
  • Life's lessons are learned, one mistake at a time. 
  • We are not put on this earth to see through each other, but rather to see each other through. 
  • If we are receiving ill treatment, could we be reaping ill treatment we have inflicted on others? 
  • Sometimes God takes our mess and makes it our message. 
  • Jesus told Peter to feed His sheep, not beat His sheep. 
  • God can find your biggest glory in what you may think is your biggest downfall. 
  • Don't ever throw a lion into a den with a praying man! 
  • Fear will quench your faith; faith will quench your fears. 
  • Work your schedule around God, don't try to work Him into your schedule. 
  • I have personally never seen a bird sitting on a tree branch having a nervous breakdown from worry! 
  • You can make all the plans you want. But God has made His, and He doesn't feel the need to check in with you. 
  • The tongue is in a wet place and is prone to slip. 
  • The same God Who brought Adam into the world without woman could bring Christ into the world without man. (I found this written in the front of my Mimmie's Bible.) 
  • The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln 
  • Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa 
  • Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill 
  • Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. George Washington 
  • We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face....we must do that which we think we cannot. Eleanor Roosevelt 
  • A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Mahatma Gandhi 
  • The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth. Albert Einstein 
  • Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate. Albert Schweitzer 
  • Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller 
  • You are just a tool in the Carpenter's toolbox. Let the Carpenter do the work. Zachary W. Smith 
  • It's not where you're at. It's who you're with. C.E. Smith 
  • While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. 
  • Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off your goal. 
  • "I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship." Louisa May Alcott 
  • There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, pure, simple, and useful life. Booker T. Washington 
  • The secret of life is not finding someone to live with it's finding someone you can't live without. 
  • God helps the poor: He protects them from expensive sins." Yiddish Saying 
  • By far the best proof is experience. Francis Bacon 
  • The bigger the impossibility, the greater the miracle. C. E. Smith 
  • No man knows what he can do until he is tested. 
  • You never miss the water 'til the well runs dry. 
  • It is almost as important to know what is not serious as to know what is. John K. Galbraith 
  • If you would conquer a lie, tell the truth. 
  • God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December. James M. Barrie 
  • One can never predict when God will intervene. 
  • "Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men but from doing something worthwhile." Wilfred T. Grenfell 
  • God hears your thoughts as well as your voice. 
  • It is not what you have on you, but what you have in you. Billy Sunday 
  • The Holy Spirit is Its Own witness in a soul. William A. McCoy 
  • God will never let an honest soul be deceived. William A. McCoy 
  • A man's word is his bond. William A. McCoy 
  • If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke. Brendan Francis 
  • Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forward. Soren Kierkegaard 
  • You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage - pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically - to say no to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger "yes" burning inside. Stephen Covey 
  • If we did all the things that we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves. Thomas Edison 
  • Only dead fish goes with the flow. The living one goes against it. 
  • "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else." Charles Dickens
  • "One of the sanets, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others." Archibald Rutledge 
  • Good advice is God-advice. 
  • The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard. Gaylord Nelson 
  • Be the difference you want to see in the world. Ghandi 
  • Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. 
  • Shed toxic relationships....just let them go...and move on. Don't look back. 
  • "This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it." Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  • "The only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it." Paul Scherber 
  • Though the mills of God grind slowly; Yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, With exactness grinds He all. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
  • Divine retribution is slow but certain. 
  • No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books. Elizabeth Barrett Browning 
  • People who are successful in life manage the hump and do not let the hump manage them. There will always be a hump. Ed Wilson 
  • Evil is devil minus the "d". C. E. Smith 
  • If we are receiving ill treatment, could we be reaping ill treatment we have inflicted upon others? A pastor who hears someone has been talking about him in an unkind or judgmental way asks himself, "Are they sowing, or am I reaping?" Many times we are reaping in our lives what we have previously sown into the life of another. 
  • Even if I am not popular with everyone else, am I pleasing to God? That is all that matters. 
  • Faith is calling things that are not as though they are. 
  • Wives raise their sons to be the kind of husbands they wish they had. Ed Wilson 
  • Our children pay a price for our disobedience. The children of the doubting children of Israel had to die in the wilderness because of their parents' failure to obey God. 
  • Sometimes God takes our mess and makes it our message. 
  • God can find your biggest glory in what you may think is your biggest downfall. 
  • Don't ever throw a lion into a den with a praying man! 
  • Fear will quench your faith; faith will quench your fears. 
  • Work your schedule around God, don't try to work God into your schedule. 
  • I have personally never seen a bird sitting on a tree branch having a nervous breakdown due to worry! 
  • It is easier to preach ten sermons than to live one. 
  • When you get to your wit's end, God lives there. 
  • Some minds are like concrete...thoroughly mixed up and permanently set. 
  • Are you standing on the promises or just sitting on the premises? 
  • We are called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges. 
  • The last ones on the ship will be the first ones off the ship when they hit bumpy waters. Sean Hannity 
  • Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous. 
  • The best is the enemy of the good. Ed Wilson 
  • Many people want to serve God...in an advisory capacity. 
  • Don't try to change the message; let the message change you. 
  • 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given 
  • My Father sent my older Brother to die for me. Ed Wilson 
  • There comes a point in your life when you realize: Who matters, who never did, who won't anymore, and who always will. So, don't worry about the people from your past. There is a reason they didn't make it to your future. 
  • A saint is one who makes goodness attractive. Laurence Housman 
  • You can't go on preaching against the darkness until you've seen it in yourself first. Touched by an Angel 
  • In fair weather prepare for foul. Thomas Fuller 
  • A Christian ought to speak kindly even when given the opportunity to retaliate. Rick Warren, God's Power To Change Your Life 
  • "Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were." Cherie Carter-Scott 
  • He who will not learn from the lessons of time is doomed to repeat them. 
  • God not only orders our steps, He orders our stops. George Mueller 
  • "The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." Michelangelo 
  • Man says, "Show me, and I'll trust you." God says, "Trust Me, and I'll show you." Unknown 
  • Maturity starts with the willingness to give oneself. Childishness is characterized by self-centeredness. It is only the emotionally and spiritually mature who are able to lay down their life for others, those who are "masters of themselves that they might be the servants of others." Elisabeth Elliot