et al



The hidden cost of pride,



-Bob Goff



is the fluid

love bleeds


you cut it.”

-C. S. Lewis


“Hope is the thing with feathers –

that perches in the soul –

and sings the tune without the words –

and never stops – at all.”

-Emily Dickinson


“God shall be

my hope,

my stay,

my guide


lantern to my feet.”



“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.

Nothing can be done without hope & confidence.”

-Helen Keller


“Everybody needs beauty

as well as bread,

places to play in

and pray in,

where nature may heal


give strength

to body and soul.”

-John Muir


“It takes so little to be above average…”

-Florence Littauer


It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing

because you can only do little – do what you can.

-Sydney Smith


Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower

– Albert Camus


“Pharisees had it all right doctrinally,


they looked in the face of Jesus Christ


rejected Him.”

– Pastor Steve Moreno


“If you change nothing,

nothing will change.”

-Pastor Ed Shirrell


“Life is won



-Peggy Proverb, 12-21-13


“I shut my eyes in order to see.”

-Paul Gauguin


“Our lives

are to be salt.

They should make others thirsty for God.”

-Joyce Meyer


“The philosophy of the school room

in one generation

will determine the philosophy

of the government

in the next.”

– Abraham Lincoln


“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.”

-Celta Thaxter


“The more we give

The more we are given,

The more we love

The more we are loved.”

– H.W. Longal


“Love people unconditionally.”

-Pastor Ed Shirrell, Sunday, November 10, 2013


“Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light.”

-Theodore Roethke


“Infinite patience


immediate results.”

-Fortune cookie from Kentucky.


“We can walk without fear,

full of hope and courage and strength…

waiting for the endless good

which God is giving

as fast as He can get us to take it in.”

-George MacDonald


“He who believes in God

is  not careful for the morrow,

but labors joyfully

and with a great heart…

They must work and watch,

yet never be careful or anxious,

but commit all to Him,

and live in serene tranquility;

with a quiet heart,

as one who sleeps safely and quietly.”

-Martin Luther


“Have courage for the great sorrows of life

and patience for the small ones;


when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task,

go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”

-Victor Hugo


“Forget not

that the earth delights

to feel your bare feet


the winds long

to play with you hair.”

-Khalil Gibran


“The shortest way

to do many things

is to do

only one thing at a time.”



“…he knew


he was standing next to Jesus,


you can see everything from there.”

-S.L. Thomas


“All to often

sorrow and joy

come skipping into your life

holding hands.”

-S.L. Thomas


“Silence reigned.”

-S.L. Thomas


“Bits of cloud flecked the sky

as if

angels had indulged in a pillow-fight.”



“Men don’t find self-pity attractive.

Be confident in who you are. They like that.”



“Five minutes with God and His Word

is worth more

than the rest of the day.”

-Oswald Chambers


“Correction from God is never rejection.”

-Ed Shirrell,


“Help me

to share

Your Truth,




-Ed Shirrell,


“A thorough knowledge of the Bible

is worth more than

a college education.”

-Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)


“And… the best is yet to be.”

-Robert Browning


“The Son of God became a man

to enable men

to become sons of God.”

-C.S. Lewis




Do not,

there is no try.”



“When we see flesh (negative) in others,

pray for Jesus’ light

in that area (cover that area with the blood of Jesus).

Let God show ’em,

not you.

[Philippines 1:6 – “I’m sure about this:

the One who started a good work in you

will stay with you to complete the job.”]

-Patsy Camenetti


“People see God every day,

they just don’t recognize Him.”

-Pearl Baily


“I believe it is impossible

to separate money

from what we are


where we are

with God.”

– Lowell Lundstrom


“Most of the battles in our life

begin with our thoughts.

Be intentional

about what you choose to dwell on.

Change your thoughts… change your life.

Choose wisely.”

-Jon Shirrell, September 18, 2014 Facebook post with Phil. 4:8


“There is nothing

that can equal

the treasure

of so many

shared memories.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery


“All that is gold

does not glitter;
not all those who wander are lost;
the old

that is strong

does not wither;
deep roots are not reached

by the frost.”

— J. R. R. Tolkien


“We are not human beings

on a spiritual journey,


we are spiritual beings

on a human journey.”

-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


“A single act of kindness

throws out roots

in all directions,


the roots spring up


make new trees.”

-Amelia Earhart


“It is not the ship

so much as the skillful sailing

that assures the prosperous voyage.”

-George William Curtis


“Only one life,

yes only one,

Soon will its fleeting hours be done;

Then, in ‘that day’

my Lord to meet,

And stand before His judgment seat;

Only one life,

’twill soon be past,

Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

– Missionary C. T. Studd


“Art is a collaboration

between God


the artist,


the less the artist does

the better.”
-Andre Gide


“Kindness is a language

which the deaf can hear


the blind can see.”
― Mark Twain


“Worship transcends a building,

a service


a crowd.

It happens


a heart longs

to glorify + draw near to God.”

-Chris Tomlin


“I believe in Christianity

as I believe

that the sun has risen:

not only because I see it,

but because by it

I see everything else.”

-C. S. Lewis


“Love sought

is good,


given unsought

is better.”

– William Shakespeare


“Love is like a friendship caught on fire.”

-Bruce Lee


“Judge each day not by the harvest you reap,

but by the seeds you plant.”

-Robert Louis Stevenson


“Look for Christ and you will find Him.

And with Him,

everything else.”

– C. S. Lewis


“Indeed, if we understood

our own flaws better,

we’d be more tolerant

of the faults of others

and be less inclined

to take offense at the slightest provocation.

If men could forgive

with the same fervent spirit

with which they wage war,

I think we’d be able to live

more at peace with each other.”

-Kathleen E. W. 1997


The earth has music

for those who listen.”

-George Santayana


God’s will isn’t hidden …

Jesus told us …

what His will is for us is.




-F. Rivers


Hold to your faith


rest in Christ.”

-Francine Rivers


nothing tastes

as good as

being fit feels”




‘Sin comes when

we take a perfectly natural desire

or longing or ambition

and try desperately

to fulfill it WITHOUT GOD…

All these good things… are rightly found only and completely in Him.”

~ Augustine


Always maintain

a kind of summer

even in the middle of winter.”

-Henry David Thoreau


…don’t lie to yourself.

The man who lies to himself

and listens to his own lie

comes to such a pass

that he cannot distinguish the truth within him,

or around him,

and so loses all respect for himself and for others.

And having no respect

he ceases to love,

and in order to occupy and distract himself without love

he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures,

and sinks to bestiality in its vices,

all from continual lying to other men and to himself.”

-Fydor Dostoevsky,

The Brothers Karamazov

(as quoted in Ministerial Ethics, page 73, by Joe Trull and James E. Carter, 2nd ed.)


“We are on the God plan.” = Romans 8:28

-Tina Richards @SLFC


We live life



we understand it


-Joyce Meyer


Finish each day and be done with it.

You have done what you could.

Some blunders and absurdities have crept in;

forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day.

You shall begin it serenely

and with too high a spirit

to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson


I keep thinking about you every few minutes all day.”

-Walt Whitman


Don’t walk in front of me

I may not follow.

Don’t walk behind me

I may not lead.

Walk beside me

and just be my friend.”



Life is the flowers

for which

Love is the honey.”

-Victor Hugo



positions us

to see the Lord

with eyes of faith.

He longs to love His children

with unconditional love.

A heart loved by heaven,

cannot help but love others on earth.”

-Christina Wise


You are one of my nicest thoughts.”

-Georgia O’Keeffe


But those who dare not grasp the thorn

should never

crave the rose.”

-Anne Bronte


He is richest
who is content
with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.”


God is faithful.”

-Pastor Jeff Perry


God’s mercy

is so great

that you may sooner drain the sea of it’s water

or deprive the sun of its light

or make space too narrow,

than diminish the great mercy

of God.”

-Charles Spurgeon


Always go forward


never turn back.”

-Padre Fray Junipero Serra, 1713-1784


Spider on web:

Make good connections

Be web-savvy.

Patience pays off.

Let go of your hang-ups.

Show your artistic side.

Dew your best.

Don’t get strung out!”



Lady bugs:

Spot new opportunities.

Spend time in your garden.

Be well-rounded.

Enjoy the wonders of nature.

Don’t let the small things bug you.

Keep family close by.

Be simply beautiful!”




Let your true colors show.

Get out of your cocoon.

Take yourself lightly.

Look for the sweetness in life.

Take time to smell the flowers.

Catch a breeze.

We can’t all be monarchs!”




Spend time near the water.

Be colorful.

Enjoy a good reed.

Zoom in on your dreams.

Appreciate long summer days.

Keep your eyes open.

Just wing it!”




Create a buzz.

Sip life’s sweet moments.

Mind your own beeswax.

Work together.

Always find your way home.

Stick close to your honey.

Bee yourself!”



The pessimist

sees difficulty

in every opportunity.

The optimist

sees opportunity

in every difficulty.”

-Winston Churchill


Sunshine is delicious,
rain is refreshing,
wind braces us up,
snow is exhilarating;
there is really no such thing as bad weather,
only different kinds of good weather.”
-John Ruskin




must be conquered

or they will conquer us.


let us cultivate simplicity;

let us want fewer things;

let us walk in the Spirit;

let us fill our minds with the Word of God

and our hearts with praise.

In that way we can live in peace

even in such a distraught world as this.

‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.'”

-A.W. Tozer, “The Set of the Sail” 129-132


A thorough knowledge of the Bible

is more important

than a college education.”

-Theodore Roosevelt


Darkness cannot drive out darkness;

only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate;

only love can do that.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Contentment is the holy equilibrium

between the enjoyment of life NOW

and the anticipation of what is to come .”



Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again,
this time
more intelligently.”

-Henry Ford


Friendship is a cozy shelter

from life’s rainy days.”



Friendship grows forever.”



Babies are bits of stardust,

blown from the hand of God.”



Life is not like a visit to the massage therapist,

where you get to choose the level of intensity you enjoy.

When hardship strikes,

no one asks

if you would like your pressure light, medium, or deep.

Tempered daughters of God are resilient.

We have the capacity to flourish

under all types of trials in every season.”

-Girls With Swords by Lisa Bevere




leads to

more obedience”

-Peggy Proverb, 7-2-13


“Obedience is the road
to freedom,
humility the road
to pleasure,
unity the road
to personality.”
~The Weight of Glory
C.S. Lewis



you have to give up something

in order for God

to give you something better.”

-Mom, June 2013 about a plant & pot, but oh, so much more! = LIFE!


“You may feel
your child
talks too much
or moves too much
or takes too many chances,
and yet
those are some of the traits
that are consistently found
in successful entrepreneurs and business leaders.”
-Cynthia Tobias


Man finds it hard

to get what he wants,

because he does not want the best;

God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best,

and man will not take it.”

-George MacDonald


A beast

does not know

that he is a beast,

and the nearer

a man gets to being a beast,

the less he knows it.”

-George MacDonald



is to stand before men

on behalf of God.”

-Pastor Jeff Perry @Anchors, Saturday, 8-27-11



destroys relationships,

the very thing

we need in our lives

to become more like God.

Destroyed relationships

close us off from love.

And when we don’t love others,

we fool ourselves

if we think we love God.

-Dr. Gary Smalley,

‘Change Your Heart

Change Your Life

How Changing What You Believe

Will Give you the Great Life You’ve Always Wanted’


You can’t walk in faith

and worry

at the same time.

Worry is meditating on the words of the devil.”

-Gloria Copeland


“I tell no one any story but his own.”

-The great lion Aslan,

Narnia stories


C.S. Lewis


“As long as you are proud

you cannot know God.

A proud man is always looking down on things and people:

and, of course,

as long as you are looking down,

you cannot see something that is above you.”

~ Mere Christianity


C. S. Lewis


Now when I talk about my past,

it’s as though I’m talking about somebody else’s problems.

Because I’ve been healed and restored,

my past doesn’t bother me anymore.”

-Joyce Meyer


If we all did the things

we are capable of doing,

we would literally astound ourselves.”

Thomas Edison


Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world

must first come to pass in the heart of America.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower (Inside my new passport)



May God continue

the unity of our country

as the railroad unites

the two great oceans of the world.”

-Promontory Point 1869 (Inside my new passport)


The adventure

of the new life

in Christ


when the comfortable patterns

of the old life

are left behind.”

-David Roher


I have not failed.

I’ve just found

10, 000 ways

that won’t work.”

-Thomas Edison


If the Bible isn’t true,
then it doesn’t matter — forget it;
but if it is true,
then nothing else matters.”
-E. Stanley Jones


Men are disturbed,

not by things,

but by the view

they take of them.”

-Ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus


The world is divided into people

who do things

and people who get the credit.

Try, if you can,

to belong to the first class.

There’s far less competition.”

-Dwight Morrow


“Nobody made a greater mistake

than he who did nothing

because he could only do a little.”

–Edmund Burke


“If you want to do good,
you’ve got to be different.
Run with the herd
you’ll choke on the dust.”
-Greg Hague


“There is no dignity

quite so impressive,

and no independence

quite so important,

as living within your means.” 

-Calvin Coolidge


are they who see beautiful things
in humble places
where other people
see nothing.”
-Camille Pissarro


No one can be happy

without a friend,

nor be sure of a friend

until he is unhappy.

-Thomas Fuller (Thanks Katie! )


Some people come into our lives

and quickly go.

Some stay for awhile

and leave footprints on our hearts.

And we are never ever the same.”

-Unknown (Thanks Kate, so TRUE!)


Art inspires us

to build

a more beautiful world.”

-From the movie, ‘Silver Bells’, 2005.



gives soul to the universe,
wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination,
a charm to sadness, …
and leads to all

that is God,

just, and beautiful,
of which it is the invisible,

but nevertheless,

dazzling passionate…”



“…the soul

following God

will be like Him.”



manual labor,

there’s freedom

in it”

-God on “Bruce Almighty”


The more I study nature

the more I stand amazed

at the work

of the Creator.”

-Louis Pasteur


are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle
and shine
when the sun is out,
when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed
only if
there is a light
from within.”
-Elisabeth Ross


I never pray

for more than 15 minutes,


I never go more than 15 minutes

without praying.”

-Smith Wigglesworth


“When someone comes to your mind,


and pray for them.”

-Secrets to Powerful Prayer


Hammond & Cameneti



sometimes having too many

is just as painful

as having none.”

– Sonia said this was a Peggy Proverb


“Don’t cry because it is over.
Smile because it happened.”
-Dr. Seuss
“Riding a horse
is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire.
It is a grand passion.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
-Thomas Merton


“But the man who is not afraid to admit everything that he sees to be wrong with himself, and yet recognizes that he may be the object of God’s love precisely because of his shortcomings, can begin to be sincere. His sincerity is based on confidence, not in his own illusions about himself, but in the endless, unfailing mercy of God.”
-Thomas Merto


Be faithful in small things

because it is in them

that your strength lies.”

-Mother Teresa


“You are fearfully and wonderfully made,

and God would never put that much preparation into something He didn’t intend to use.”

-TD Jakes


Let each citizen remember

at the moment he is offering his vote

that he is not making a present or a compliment

to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do;

but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society

for which he is accountable to God and his country.

-Samuel Adams


Hurt is inevitable;

it’s part of life.

The pain it causes brings change.

May it be positive change.”

– Dawn Baker


Does the Bible tell about peanuts?”

George Washington Carver replied,

‘No Sir,

but it tells about the God who made the peanut.

I asked Him to show me what to do with the peanut and He did.’”


God knew you would be rejected

and used it

to push you into His purpose

so you would not live below the level of your potential.”

-TD Jakes


“…I know that my Redeemer liveth…

I am not interested in science or anything else that leaves God out of it.”

-George Washington Carver


“Be happy,

that’s one of the greatest gifts you can give your children.”

– Reverend Mother on movie, “The Trouble with Angels” 1966 with Rosalind Russell and Hayley Mills


“Work is a necessity.”



The disciples received power (dynamis) at Pentecost meaning potency. “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit is come upon you.” (Acts 1,8) That would be a permanent, underlying force waiting to be drawn upon. When the need arises and we act in faith in Christ, that “dynamis” potential explodes into energy…”

-Rheinhard Bonnke via Facebook 8/31/12


“Music… it takes us out of the actual

and whispers to us dim secrets

that startle our wonder

as to who we are, and for what, when, and whereto.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1836


“Music should be able to stand on its own,

allowing you to make meaning of it

without written explanation or apology.”

-Tom Doerr from his album, ‘Andromeda’ – 1989


Be assured,
if you walk with Him
and look to Him,
and expect help from Him,
He will never fail you.
–George Mueller
No one is perfect—each of us is a work in progress. (Phil. 1:6)
– Joyce Meyer


“When people make mistakes, don’t make them feel rejected,
but go the extra mile to make them feel forgiven, accepted—and free.”
– Joyce Meyer


Its not where or how you start it is how you finish…

So Finish Strong!

The trials you face today are preparing you

for the great feats you are going to accomplish tomorrow.

Don’t circumvent your training.

-John Bevere – Relentless


We must be willing

to get rid of the life we’ve planned,

so as to have the life that is waiting for us”

-Joseph Campbell (1904-87)


“If a boy asks you to go anywhere with him,

it’s a date.”

-From movie, “Courageous”


Our children are not things to be molded;
they’re people to be unfolded.”
-Rick Warren


“Coming together

is a beginning,

staying together is progress,

and working together is success.”

-Henry Ford


Faith is a kind of immune system filtering out fears that otherwise would paralyze all activity. When it fails we develop all kinds of phobias and compulsions. It is a nervous breakdown. Jesus said not to have phobia but faith (Luke 8:50). Stop using this faculty of faith and you would never get out of bed in the morning or step outside. You might think that the sky could fall down. In this world a million cobra troubles are coiled to strike, but we carry on, usually quite regardless and confident. The Bible says that God has dealt to each one a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). Christ said, “Only believe” (Mark 5:36), because we can. God bless you.”


My sister,

She knows just where I dream to go,

Remembers where I’ve been.

Accepts me just the way I am,

And treats me like a friend.

She’s someone who is there for me,

No matter where or when.

And every time I’m with her,

It’s like coming home again.”

-Unknown Author


Sometimes….”you are your own worst critic.
If you talked to other people in the same way you talk to yourself,
you wouldn’t have any friends.”
-Rick Warren


Just remember, every flower that ever bloomed
had to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there!”
-Barbara Johnson


Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.”

Benjamin Franklin


“Every transition requires strength and courage.”

-Pastor Jeff Perry, March 30, 2012



Why go to church?
Think of it like this:
Candles stand in candlesticks,
light bulbs go into light sockets,
and trees grow in soil.
Without candlesticks, candles would fall over.
Without being plugged in, light bulbs would never shine.
And without soil, trees would simply die.
For Christians, the church is a candlestick, a power source,
and somewhere to put down roots – so that you can stand, shine, and grow. Alongside the Bible and prayer,
the church is one of the rich resources, which God has given us in our lives as Christians.
God bless you.”


“There is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.”

-Janice McDowell


Sickness is not the ultimate evil, therefore healing is not the ultimate good.
SIN is the ultimate evil, therefore salvation from sin is the ultimate good.
But one thing remains true: Jesus saves and heals.
God bless you.
Faith is taking the first step
even when you don’t see
the whole staircase.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.


“Hebrew word called ‘Kavanah’

which means to be aware of the presence and purpose of God

in every situation and to live intentional lives.

What is God wanting to do and how can I fulfill His purpose?”

-Ann Pimblott’s blog:


“No, you have not committed the unpardonable sin or lost your salvation.

If you had you would not be concerned or think about it.”

–  Casey Treat


“Eyes open & mouth shut”

– A.H., Saturday, 11-12-11


“Some of us have put our brains on birth control;

we haven’t given birth to a new thought in years.”

– Casey Treat, “The 3 Essentials”


“Never ignore a person

who loves and cares for you.

One day you may realize

you’ve lost the moon while counting the stars.”

–  Casey Purtle


“People like religion


it makes them feel closer to God.”

-B on 3-26-11


“God is on my side,

for the blood has been applied.

Every need shall be supplied,

and nothing shall be denied.

So I enter into rest,

and I know that I am blessed.

I have passed the test,

and I will get God’s best.”

-Trina Hankins



“I never started thinking I was the best, …

but what I did believe is that I would do my best.

–  Dr. Ben Carson, from the movie about his life, ‘Gifted Hands’


“You can’t go wrong with truth.

“God wants to help you.”

– Pastor Steve Doss, Wednesday, 11-9-11


“When I am simply grateful,

life is simply great!”

– Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor


“The Word Works”

– Pastor Steve Doss



“They who trust Him wholly

Find Him wholly true.”


– Words by Frances R. Havergal, 1874


“…live rejoicing, everyday”

– from the movie, ‘The Secretariat’



“Hours and flowers soon fade away’

The legacy lives forever

Missouri honors her sons and daughters

Who answered the call

to defend a country they never knew

and a people

they never met”

-Korean War Memorial near the Jewel Box in Forest Park


“How far you go in life

depends on your being tender with the young,

compassionate with the aged,

sympathetic with the striving

and tolerant of the weak and strong.

Because someday in your life

you will have been all of these.”

-George Washington Carver Garden entrance at Shaw’s (Missouri Botanical Garden)




“To Cultivate a garden

is to walk with God.”

-Christian N. Bovee, from the entry way to the Jewel Box, St. Louis’ Forest Park


“You can rob from Nature

just the same way that you can rob from any individual.

It ain’t just robbin’ from Nature.

It’s robbin’ from future generations.”

-Will Rogers


“We live in an age of material things –

of techniques and processes,

of goods and gadgets.

It is easy to forget in such a world

that we still live only because of the resources of the land.”

-Leonard Hall

At the Shaw Nature Reserve


“If you can’t imagine,

you can’t invent.”

  • Einstein


“Vocabulary enables us to interpret and to express.

If you have a limited vocabulary,

you will also have a limited vision


a limited future.”

– Jim Rohn

(I like the first sentence best, but I know more words help me to be able to describe what I feel, what I see, what I experience…)


“I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery

depends on our dispositions

and not on our circumstances.”

-Author Unknown


“A woman’s heart

should be so hidden in God

that a man has to seek Him

just to find her.”

– Author Unknown


“The man who doesn’t read good books

has no advantage

over the man who can’t read them.”

– Mark Twain


“Knowing is not enough;

we must apply.

Willing is not enough;

we must do.”

– Johann von Goethe



“Wherever you are,

be all there.

Live to the hilt

every situation

that you believe

to be the will of God.”

– Jim Elliot


“We make a living by what we get,

but we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill


“I believe in Christianity as I believe in the rising sun;

not because I see it,

but by it I can see all else.”

– C.S. Lewis



“Twenty years from now

you will be more disappointed

by the things that you didn’t do

than by the ones you did do.

So throw off the bowlines.

Sail away from the safe harbor.”

– Mark Twain


“Books are good enough in their own way,

but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson


“And in the end

it’s not the years in your life that count.

It’s the life in your years.”

– Abraham Lincoln





“You learn to love by loving.”

– Francis de Sales



“All are welcome in Jerusalem.

Not because it is expedient,

but because it is right.”

-King Baldwin IV, Kingdom of Heaven


Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.
Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.
-K’ung Fu-tzu, c. 551 – 479


“Cheerfulness gives sweetness to life.”
-Philippine Proverb


“Successful  people accept life as it is,
with all its difficulties
They adapt to it rather than complain about it.
They accept responsibility for their own lives
instead of blaming or making excuses.
They say YES to life
in spite of its negative elements
and make the most of it,
no matter what the circumstances.”
-Hal Urban


“Appreciation can make a day –

even change a life.

Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.”

-Margaret Cousins


“Never mistake activity for achievement.”

-Mary Ellen Miller


“You grow up the day

you have your first

real laugh at yourself.”

-Ethel Barrymore


“Jesus came to earth so we can sing and laugh,

no matter what storm we’re up against.”

-Marie Chapian


“I’ve learned there is only one thing necessary

to celebrate Christmas properly:

Jesus Christ.”

-Michelle Van Loon


“You can’t complain and reign at the same time.”

-Patsy Cameneti – Dominion series with Tony


“Faith makes things possible

not easy.”

– A church sign




“Never miss a good chance to shut up.”

– Will Rogers




“A pessimist is someone who complains about the noise

when opportunity is knocking on the door.”





“Prayer is a weapon against darkness.”

-Sunday, 6-28-09 Pastor Jeff Perry SLFC




“The greatest discovery

of this generation

is that a human being

can alter their life

by altering their attitudes.”

-William James, over a century ago



“Good actions give strength

to ourselves

and inspire good actions

in others.”

– Plato




“Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console

To be understood, as to understand

To be loved, as to love

For it is in the giving that we receive.”

-Prayer of St. Francis


“A relationship is a living thing.”

-David Viscott



“Security is mostly a superstition.

It does not exist in nature,

Nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run

Than outright exposure.

Life is either a daring adventure

Or nothing.”

-Helen Keller


“Great faith comes out of great tests.”

– S. Wigglesworth




“If God calls you,

there will be joy in it.

The Lord will belss you.”

– K. Hagin from “Must Christians Suffer?”




“Overwhelm evil with good

Stay positive.”

– Author Unknown




“Consistency is the key to victory.”

– Joyce Meyer


“Truth sets you free.”

– Author Unknown


“We need all of the Scriptures to reveal to us

all that God wants to tell us about Himself.”

– Marva Dawn, ‘To Walk and Not Faint’




“God is good all the time,

And we need to praise Him all the time –

Whether or not we feel like it.”

– Thelma Wells, ‘Listen Up, Honey’



“Perspective is all about how we choose to see things.”

– Author Unknown


“But I repeat, you have to LOOK for the joy.

Look for the light of God that is hitting your life,

And you will find sparkles you didn’t know were there.”

– Barbara Johnson, ‘Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy’



“Frustration = works of flesh

You are trying to do

What only God can do.”

– Joyce Meyer


“Attitude changes

Then your feelings change…

Your life will change

When your attitude changes.”

– Author Unknown


“… jumping up once, then jumping up again. … leaps across the fields and hills, jumping as if for the sheer fun of it.  So we are to rejoice and keep on rejoicing, not because things are wonderful, but because of the joy that comes from knowing the Lord is in the middle of things that are going on…”

– Jan Silvious, ‘Big Girls Don’t Whine’


“No matter how bad things are,

No one can force you to have a bad attitude.”

– Author Unknown



“Have you learned to stop and count your blessings in the middle of a bad day?

It is such a good way to get your perspective back.”

– Mary Whelchel, ‘How to Thrive from 9-5’





“Everything in your life is subject to change,

But God is a ROCK!

The more of God in your life,

The more stable you will be…

For yourself

And others…

Anchor your soul in the ROCK,

Like a ship dropping anchor in a storm = safe harbor”

– Joyce Meyer


“You have to be positive

On purpose

Every day of your life.”

– Author Unknown


“He stands ready today to supply us with His wisdom to understand what He wants to teach, and His strength to carry through, for He never allows us to undergo anything for which He has not promised the strength to endure.  His commands are always accompanied by power to obey.”

– Elisabeth Elliott, ‘A Path Through Suffering’


“Expect favor

Expect good”

– Joyce Meyer


“Stand firm, be patient, and trust God.

Then get busy with your life…

There is work to do.”

– Barbara Johnson, ‘Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy’


“Prayer is meant to be part of our lives,

Like breathing and thinking and talking.”

-Gloria Gaither, ‘Decisions’


“Wait with patience

And composure

(keep emotions under control)”

– Joyce Meyer


“In the game of love,

there are no players

only fools.”

– Poster at NHS 1992




“Children are like wet cement.

Whatever falls on them makes an impression.”

– Haim Ginott




“All that glitters is not gold.”

-Pastor Jeff message: ‘Our Amazing Advantage’ on 3-22-09


“Sometimes what you want is not good for you.”

-Sunday, 5-3-09 at 7:49am


“Bloom where you’re planted.”

– Mary Engelbreit


“I have learned, in whatsoever state I am,

therewith to be content.”

– St. Paul


“Difficult times

have helped me to understand better than before

how infinitely rich

and beautiful life is in every way

and that so many things that one goes worrying about

are of no importance whatsoever.”

– Isak Dinesen


“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”

– William Shakespeare


“What a wonderful life I’ve had!

I only wish I’d realized it sooner.”

– Colette



“Work is not always required…

there is such a thing as sacred idleness,

the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.”

– George MacDonald


“Explore daily

the will of God.”

– Carl Jung


“We can’t take any credit for our talents.

It’s how we use them that counts.”

– Madeleine L’Engle



“Poetry affords us a respite

in which we may gather renewed strength

for the old struggle to adapt ourselves to reality.”

– Robert Haven Schauffler


“I think I should have no other mortal wants,

if I could always have plenty of music.

It seems to infuse strength into my limbs

and ideas into my brain.

Life seems to go on without effort,

when I am filled with music.”

– George Eliot




“Procrastination is the thief of time.”

– Edward Young


“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits

in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”

– Helen Keller


“Let us, then, be up and doing

With a heart for any fate;

Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labor and to wait.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“You gain strength, courage and confidence

by every experience

in which you really stop to look fear in the face…

You must do the thing you cannot do.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


“Our aspirations are our possibilities.”

– Samuel Johnson


“A tragic irony of life

is that we so often achieve success

or financial independence

after the reason for which we sought it has passed.”

– Ellen Glasgow




“When we truly care for ourselves,

it becomes possible

to care far more profoundly about other people.

The more alert and sensitive we are to our own needs,

the more loving and generous we can be toward others.”

– Eda LeShan


“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor,

the enemy of the people.

It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.”

– Anne Lamott


“There are some things you learn best in calm,

and some in storm.”

– Willa Cather


“Things do not change;

we change.”

– Henry David Thoreau



“It was the best of times,

it was the worst of times.”

– Charles Dickens


“Concern should drive us into action

and not into a depression.”

– Karen Horney


“There are only two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

– Albert Einstein


“It’s terribly amusing

how many different climates of feeling

one can go through in a day.”

– Anne Morrow Lindbergh


“Each friend represents a world in us,

a world possibly not born until they arrive,

and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”

– Anais Nin


“Call it a clan,

call it a network,

call it a tribe,

call it a family.

Whatever you call it,

whoever you are,

you need one.”

– Jane Howard


“The first wealth is health.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


“The great question…

which I have not been able to answer,

despite my thirty years of research

into the feminine soul,

is ‘What does a woman want?'”

– Sigmund Freud


“A kiss can be a comma,

a question mark

or an exclamation point.”

– Mistinguett


“The whole of science

is nothing more than a refinement

of everyday thinking.”

– Albert Einstein


“Giving presents is a talent;

to know what a person wants,

to know when and how to get it,

to give it lovingly and well.”

– Pamela Glenconner


“Be Glad.

Be Good.

Be Brave.”

– Eleanor Hodgman Porter


“There are two ways of spreading light;

to be the candle

or the mirror that reflects it.”

– Edith Wharton


“We must be willing

to get rid of the life we’ve planned,

so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell



“However often marriage is dissolved,

it remains indissoluble.

Real divorce,

the divorce of the heart and nerve and fiber,

does not exist,

since there is no divorce from memory.”

– Virgilia Peterson


“The art of leadership

is saying no, not yes.

It is very easy to say yes.”

– Tony Blair


“Blessings on Him who invented sleep,

the mantle that covers all human thoughts, …

the balance and weight that equalizes the shepherd and the king,

the simpleton and the sage.”

– Cervantes in Don Quixote


“Far and away the best prize that life offers

is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”

– Theodore Roosevelt




“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs

and returns home to find it.”

– George Moore



“Whoso loves believes the impossible.”

– Elizabeth Barrett Browning


“Jane Austen is quite simply put, the Godfather of the female psyche.”
-Lauren Fick


“Life is what happens no matter what your plans…”
– Katie Benwell


“We live among its people now,

hiding in plain sight,

but watching over them is secret.



– Optimus Prime


“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”

-Albert Einstein


“Ah! There’s nothing like staying home for real comfort.”

-Jane Austen



analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts.

Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.”

– Karen Horney






“Not I – nor anyone else,

can travel that road for you.

You must travel it yourself.”

– Walt Whitman


“In our world of big names,


our true Heroes tend to be anonymous.”

– Daniel J. Boorstein


“You can make a fresh start with your final breath.”

– Bertolt Brecht



“Commitment is something that if you have it,

nothing else matters;


if you don’t have it,

then nothing else matters very much either.”

-Sir James Barrie

Author of Peter Pan




“Paradise lost

can only be regained

by those who remember it.

-Andre Hardellet




“Variety’s the very spice of life.”

-William Cowper (1785)




“Art must take reality by surprise.”

-Francoise Sagan




“It is by logic we prove,

but it is by intuition we discover.”

-Jules-Henri Poincare




“Listen, and attend with the ear of your heart.”

-Saint Benedict




“Pictures of perfection as you know make me sick and wicked.”

-Jane Austen




“There is more here than meets the eye.”

-Lady Murasaki (c. 1008)




“Even her eyelashes acted.”

-Virginia Woolf




“A sheltered life can be a daring life as well.

For all serious daring starts from within.”

-Eudora Welty




“One should know

the value of Life

better than to pout any part of it away.”

– Hester-Lynch Piozzi (1798)




“Autumn… asks that we prepare for the future –

that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping.

But it also asks that we learn to let go –

to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness.”

– B.W. Overstreet (1947)




“There is a time, when passing through a light,

that you walk in your own shadow.”

– Keri Hulmee




“No day is so bad

that it can’t be made better with a nap.”

– Carrie Snow




“There is hardly anyone in the civilized world –

particularly those who do just a little more every day

than they really have strength to perform –

who has not at some time regarded bed as a refuge.”

– J. E. Buckrose (1935)




“Let your tears come,

let them water your soul.”

-Eileen Mayhew




“Life is what happens to you

while you’re busy making other plans.”

-John Lennon




“Thousand upon thousand of human plans

are not equal to one of Heaven’s.”

-Chinese Proverb




“We will only understand the miracle of life fully

when we allow the unexpected to happen.”

-Paul Coelho




“Who hears music,

feels his solitude peopled at once.”

– Robert Browning




“The real thing creates its own poetry.”

-Anzia Yezierska




“Amazing grace, it appears, is bestowed

not on the perpetually sighted,

but on those who ‘once were blind but now can see’.”

– Rebecca McClanahan




“There are few sensations more painful,

than in the midst of deep grief,

to know that the season

which we have always associated with mirth

and rejoicing is at hand.”

– Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale (1835)




“You cannot give to people what they are incapable of receiving.”

– Agatha Christie




“He went to the church, and walked about the streets,

and watched the people hurrying to and fro,

and patted children on the head, and questioned beggars,

and looked down into the kitchens of houses,

and up to the windows,

and found that everything could yield him pleasure.

He had never dreamed than any walk – that anything –

could give him so much happiness. “

– Charles Dickens




“Make passionate my sense of hearing.”

-William Shakespeare




“Smell is the sense of memory and desire.”

-Jean-Jacques Rosseau




“We should live each day with a gentleness,

a vigor, and a keenness of appreciation

which are often lost when time stretches before us

in the constant panorama of more days

and months and years to come.”

-Helen Keller




“God is the best perfumer there is.”

-Tanya Sarne




“Self-nurture is not about being selfish.

It is about self-care.”

-Alice D. Domar, Ph.D.




“Accustom yourself to continually make

many acts of love

for they en-kindle and melt the soul.”

-Saint Teresa of Avila




“Perfume is like a parenthesis…

Perfume follows you,

it chases you


lingers behind you.

It’s a reference mark.

Perfume makes silence talk.”

-Sonia Rykiel




“One knows what one has lost, but not what one may find.”

-George Sand




“I dream of an art of balance, purity, tranquillity,

devoid of disturbing or disquieting subject matter…

something akin to a good armchair.”

-Henri Matisse




“How we spend our days is,

of course, how we spend our lives.”

-Annie Dillard




“Remember that imagination

is the faculty of the soul

and that when it suggests new pathways to us

we are being invited

to explore the territory

of the soul in ways

that will certainly change

and re-enchant us.”

-Caitlin Matthews




“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars,

or sailed to an uncharted land,

or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”

-Helen Keller




“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,

chaos to order,

confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past,

brings peace for today,


creates a vision for tomorrow.”

-Melody Beattie




“Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains

or in yonder seas;

they are in your own backyard,

if you but dig for them.”

-Russell H. Conwell




“I like living.

I have sometimes been wildly,

despairingly, acutely miserable,

racked with sorrow,

but through it all I still know quite certainly

that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

-Agatha Christie




“Bless a thing

and it will bless you.

Curse it and it will curse you…

If you bless a situation,

it has no power to hurt you,


even if it is troublesome for a time,

it will gradually fade out,

if you sincerely bless it.”

-Emmet Fox




“Take the gentle path.”

-George Herbert




“Year by year the complexities of this spinning world

grow more bewildering

and so each year we need all the more

to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.”

-Woman’s Home Companion, December 1935




“China tea, the scent of hyacinths, wood fires

and bowls of violets –

that is my mental picture

of an agreeable February afternoon.”

-Constance Spry




“My business is not to remake myself,

But make the absolute best of what God made.”

-Robert Browning




“Grace strikes us

when we are in great pain and restlessness…

Sometimes at that moment

a wave of light breaks into our darkness,

and it is as though a voice were saying:

‘You are accepted.'”

-Paul Johannes Tillich




“Where there is great love

there are always miracles.”

-Willa Cather




“We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.”

-T.S. Eliot




“The woods were made for the hunters of dreams

The brooks for the fisher of song

To the hunters

who hunt for the gunless game

The streams and the woods belong.”

-Sam Walter Foss




“Maybe being oneself is always an acquired taste.”

-Patricia Hampl




“God is in the details.”

-Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe




“Sometime in your life you will go on a journey.

It will be the longest journey you have ever taken.

It is the journey to find yourself.”

-Katherine Sharp




“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself

and know that everything in this life has a purpose.”

-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross




“You must have room or a certain hour of the day or so

where you do not know

what was in the morning paper…

a place where you can simply experience

and bring forth what you are,

and what you might be…

At first, you may find nothing’s happening…

but if you have a sacred place and use it,

take advantage of it, something will happen.”

-Joseph Campbell




“God give us the grace to accept with serenity

the things that cannot be changed;

Courage to change the things that should be changed;

And the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.”

-Reinhold Niebuhr




“Hope is the thing with feathers – that perches in the soul…”

-Emily Dickinson




“Until you make peace with who you are,

you’ll never be content with what you have.”

-Doris Mortman




“So many women just don’t know how great they really are.

They come to us all vogue outside and vague on the inside.”

-Mary Kay Ash




“The tragedy of our time

is that we are so eye centered,

so appearance besotted.”

-Jessamyn West




“If one is a Greyhound,

why try to look like a Pekingese?”

-Dame Edith Sitwell




“Repose is a quality too many undervalue…

In the clamor one is irresistibly drawn

to the woman who sits gracefully relaxed,

who keeps her hands still, talks in a low voice

and listens with responsive eyes and smiles.

She creates a spell around her,

charming to the ear, the eye and the mind.”

-Good Housekeeping, November 1947




“My after forty face

felt far more comfortable

than anything I lived with previously.

Self-confidence was a powerful beauty-potion;

I looked better because I felt better.

Failure and grief as well as success and love

had served me well.


I was tapping into that most hard-won of youth dews:


-Nancy Collins




“I was thought to be ‘stuck up.’ I wasn’t.

I was just sure of myself.

This is and always has been

an unforgivable quality to the unsure.”

-Bette Davis




“Always be a first-rate version of yourself,

instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”

-Judy Garland




“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”

-George Eliot




“I base my fashion taste

on what doesn’t itch.”

-Gilda Radner




“Fashion fades.

Only style remains.”

-Coco Chanel




“Learn the craft of knowing how to open your heart

and to turn on your creativity.

There’s a light inside of you.”

-Judith Jamison




“Self-love is the only weight-loss aid

that really works in the long run.”

-Jenny Craig




“Taking joy in life

is a woman’s best cosmetic.”

-Rosalind Russell




“Perfectionism is self-abuse

of the highest order.”

-Anne Wilson Schaef




“Have nothing in your homes

that you do not know to be useful

and believe to be beautiful.”

-William Morris




“In order that people may be happy in their work,

these three things are needed:

They must be fit for it.

They must not do too much of it.

And they must have a sense of success in it.”

-John Ruskin




“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”

-Albert Einstein




“Ah! There’s nothing like staying home for real comfort.”

-Jane Austen




“Style is to see beauty in modesty.”

-Andree Putman




“The holiest of all holidays are those

Kept by ourselves in silence and apart,

The secret anniversaries of the heart…”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow




“I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred,

I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson



“And the day came

when the risk (it took) to remain

tight in the bud

was more painful than the risk it took

to blossom.”

-Anais Nin




“Teachers affect eternity; they can never tell where their influence stops.”

-Henry Adams




“The way positive reinforcement is carried out

is more important than the amount.”

-B. F. Skinner


“Too often we underestimate the power of

a touch,

a smile,

a kind word,

a listening ear,

an honest  compliment

or the smallest act of caring,

all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

-Leo F. Buscaglia


“Finish each day and be done with it.

You have done what you could,

some blunders and absurdities have crept in;

forget them as soon as you can.

Tomorrow is a new day;

you should begin it serenely…”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson




“Never put in writing anything

that you wouldn’t want read in open court

or by your mother.”

-An old lawyer’s saying




“Every moment, every contact

must be as pleasant, and as memorable as possible.”

-Jan Carlson, CEO of Scandinavian Airlines




“Every day we are called

to small things

with great love.”

-Mother Teresa




“When we wake up in the morning

and turn our soul toward You,

You are there first.”

-Soren Kierkegaard




“Dream no small dream.”

-Victor Hugo




“Out of difficulties grow miracles.”

-Jean De La Bruyere




“God loves each one of us

as if there were only one of us.”

-St. Augustine




“All the darkness in the world

cannot extinguish

the light of a single candle.”

-St. Francis




“Mountaintops are for views and inspiration,

but fruit is grown in the valleys.”

-Billy Graham




“Always do right.

This will gratify some people


astonish the rest.”

-Mark Twain




“God’s promises are like the stars;

the darker the night,

the brighter they shine.”

-David Nicholas




“Pray hard,

work hard,

leave the rest to God.”

-Florence Griffith Joyner, Olympic Medalist




Do what you should do,

when you should do it,

whether you feel like it or not.”

Thomas Huxley




“I like to imagine

that the world is one big machine.

You know,

machines never have any extra parts.

They have the exact number and type of parts they need.

So I figure

if the entire world is a big machine,

I have to be here for some reason.

And that means

you have to be here for some reason, too.”

– Hugo




“The genius of communication

is the ability to be both honest and totally kind

at the same time.”

– John Powell




“…the people who are crazy enough

to think they can change the world,

are the ones who do.”

-Author Unknown




“The object of education is to prepare the young

to educate themselves

throughout their lives.”

-Robert M. Hutchins




“To effectively communicate,

we must realize that we are all different

in the way we perceive the world

and use this understanding as a guide

to our communication.”

-Tony Robbins




“Kindness is the language

we all understand.

Even the blind can see it


the deaf can hear it.”

-Mother Teresa




“When we seek to bring out the best in others

somehow we bring out the best in ourselves.

-William Arthur Ward




“It’s alright to have butterflies in your stomach.

Just get them to fly in formation.”

– Dr. Rob Gilbert




“Surround yourself with people who respect

and treat you well.”

– Claudia Black




“If you believe you can or you can’t,

you’re right.”

– Marge Cooper



George Washington (1732 – 1799)

“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”

“If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”


Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”


Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865)

“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.”

“The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”


John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963)

“We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves; that is our only commitment to others.”

“Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.”


Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919)

“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”

“In a moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.”



“Everyone has the power of greatness;

not for fame,

but greatness.

Because greatness is determined by service.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King




“Even if your are on the right track,

you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

-Will Rogers




“Kind words can be short and easy to speak,

but their echoes are truly endless.”

-Mother Teresa




“Enjoy the little things

for one day

you may look back



they were the big things.”

-Robert Brault




“It’s choice

not chance

that determines your destiny.”

-Jean Nidetch




“To love

and be loved

is to feel

the sun from both sides.”

-David Viscott




“Keep your face to the sunshine


you will not see the shadows.”

-Helen Keller




“It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life…

that no man can sincerely try to help another

without helping himself.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson




“Change your thoughts


change your world.”

-Norman Vincent Peale




“Laughter is an instant vacation.”

-Milton Berle




“We must view young people

not as empty bottles to be filled,

but as candles to be lit.”

– Robert H. Shaffer




“People who say it cannot be done

should not interrupt those of us who are doing it.”

-George Bernard Shaw




“Excellence I can reach for,

perfection is God’s business.”

-Michal J. Fox




“Your time is too precious

to waste on people who waste your time.”

-SSC 9-6-08




“Fortune Favours the bold.”
-Virgil The Aenied


“When you feel like giving up,

remember why you held on so long in the first place.”

-Suicide Prevention Poster

1-800-273-8255 (TALK)




“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil

is that good men do nothing.”

-Edmund Burke


“You’ve got to be honest.”
“For fast-acting relief
try slowing down.”
-Lily Tomlin
“I just want to do God’s will.”
-Martin Luther King
“Preach the Gospel to all the world
if necessary,

use words.”

-Saint Francis of Assisi


“Leadership is doing what is right

when no one is watching.”

-George Van Valkenburg


“Ancora imparo”

Italian for:

‘I am still learning.’

-Michelangelo in his old age



“When things go wrong,

don’t go wrong with them.”

-Sign in House Springs, MO


“Joy thrives in the soul of thanksgiving.”

-A church’s sign in House Springs







to happen.”

-Selina Elizabeth Daring


“I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible.

Take all of this Book upon reason that you can

and the balance upon faith,

and you will live

and die

a better man.”

-Abraham Lincoln in a letter to a friend


“If you want encouragement,

entertain the promises.”

-John Bunyan


“I do not admire the excess of some one virtue

unless I am shewn at the same time

the excess of the opposite virtue.

A man does not prove his greatness

by standing at an extremity,

but by touching both extremities at once


filling all that lies between them.”



“Don’t live on survival mode. ”

-Patti Crawford



“When it comes to life

the critical thing

is whether you take things for granted

or take them with gratitude.”

-G.K. Chesterton




is doing the same thing over and over again

and expecting different results.”

-Albert Einstein



“It’s not that some people have willpower

and some don’t.

It’s that some people are ready to change

and others are not.”

-James Gorden, M.D.


“All men fail


great ones get back up.”

-Author Unknown


“Keep conscience clear,

then never fear.”

-Benjamin Franklin



“Better keep yourself clean and bright,

you are the window through which you must see the world.”

-George Bernard Shaw



“You don’t control what comes,

but you control how you respond.”

-C. Swindoll


“The broken become master at mending.”

-Author Unknown


“By perseverance

the snail reached the ark.”

-C. H. Spurgeon


“Never complain


what you permit.”

-Author Unknown


“Be kind,

for everyone you know

is facing a great battle.”

-Philo of Alexandria


“Your focus determines what you feel.

When you change your focus

you change your feelings.”

-Author Unknown




“Tithe is a measure of your obedience,

offering is a measure of your generosity.”

-Author Unknown


“In the final analysis,

it is not what you do for children

but what you have taught them to do for themselves

that will make them successful human beings.”

-Ann Landers


“Go where you are celebrated,

not where you are tolerated.”

-Author Unknown


“Hire a teenager while they still know it all”

-Bumper Sticker




is when you have a lot of something you love.”

-Author Unknown


“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way

to find out whether you like people

than to travel with them.”

-Mark Twain




“Nothing is ever as bad as it first appears.”

-Author Unknown


Whether you accept me or not,
I am still deeply loved,
completely forgiven,
fully pleasing,
totally accepted,
complete in Christ.
He alone is the final authority

on my worth and acceptance.”


Never be afraid to try something new.
Amateurs built the Ark.
Professionals built the Titanic


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