Today is a brand new day with new mercies. Your life is a blank piece of paper. How will you fill it?
Confrontation that seeks to clear the air and restore peace is in making the effort to listen to a person share their thoughts and feelings.
True relationship means identifying with someone in thought, heart and spirit. It is a rare but beautiful gem.
Whenever you are in doubt, don’t.
When I allow the Truth of God to settle the issues in my life, I am confident when otherwise I would be confused, peaceful not pressured.
Words are only part of communication; the real impact of a message comes from body language and the way in which the message is presented.
Fear often prevents us from trying. It’s easier to navigate if we are at least moving.
Finding value in life’s difficulties often results from asking the right questions… “What can I learn from this situation?”
The first and most difficult risk we take is to be honest with ourselves. This is crucial in an effort to make sustainable change.
When you don’t know what to do, do the next basic right thing. Sometimes that’s the very thing that motivates!
The best thing we can spend on those we love is T I M E!
Obstacles are the things you see when you take your eyes OFF the goal.
A good reputation is of more value than great riches.
Guarding our words spares us from unnecessary trouble.
A calm answer diffuses anger; a harsh reply stirs up anger.
The ability to develop assertiveness comes from having established firm and clear boundaries (personal limits).
In order to motivate people and release their potential, one thing is required … you will need to believe in them.
The baseline for building authentic relationships is T R U S T.
Stay true to what you know and believe to be right and your efforts will not be in vain.
Neither affluence nor education can surpass simple tenacity in the pursuit of success. Diligence levels the playing field.
The one who finds wisdom enjoys life and the favor of God.
Do not withhold good from the one it is due.
The first lies we need to learn to avoid, are the ones spoken by our fears.
Anxiety is the heart causes depression; an encouraging word can bring peace.
Take care of what’s important to God and He will take care of what’s important to you!
A wise man changes his mind, a fool never does.
Living in moderation is much easier than the problems accompanying overindulgence.
To be trusted is the greatest complement. It reveals the true character of the one trusted.
When the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of making a change we are willing to take the steps necessary to move forward.
Those whom God allows to suffer greatly, He will often use greatly.
Concentrate on the condition that you want and not the one you are trying to dispose of.
Treat others they way you would like for them to be and that is what they will become.
It is never wrong or out of style to express kindness toward others.
The strongest force on earth … L O V E. It softens even the heart of steel.
We never miss the water until the well runs dry. Whatever we take for granted has the risk of running dry.
Relinquish what isn’t working for you … and you’ll have more time and energy to enjoy what is.
Consider when you have been wronged that if they are able to live “with it” you are able to live “without it”.
The high road is empowering. Eliminate self-limiting talk.
Whatever you look for in any given circumstance, you will find. Look for the bad, that’s what you will find; look for the good, that’s what you will find.
Happiness ~ Peace ~ Contentment is more about wanting what you have as opposed to having what you want.
Wisdom is the principle thing, not silver or gold.
Love is the commitment to the welfare of another.
Let go of all that’s not working for you and you will become all you are meant to be.
Perhaps our time here is not so much to accomplish tasks but more to enjoy the presence of God in childlike wonder.
Maturity is the ability to consider the impact of our words and / or actions before we say or do them.
Attempting to solve problems with the same mindset that created them is a waste of time.
Luck is for the ill prepared. Those who prepare find opportunity.
If people t to you about others; they talk to others about you. Use wisdom in choosing the people you confide in.
You create tomorrow’s successes by what you dream today! Aim high.
Pain that is acknowledged and embraced results in time for grieving loss and contains the seed for the place of healing that brings new life.
Every moment, every breath is a gift from God.
Love the people who treat you well. Pray for the ones who don’t.
Time is a precious commodity and offers the highest value. Trade it for what is most valuable – use things, love people.
Engage people by asking questions that are about them. Building authentic relationships is the key to establishing loyalty in life and work.
Chasing after counterfeits will cost dearly. There’s nothing like the real thing.
The biggest cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.
Winners never quit and are willing to look for and do things others won’t.
Determine your life purpose based on the things you value.
When we take responsibility for our lives, we are empowered to make necessary and sustainable change!
Doing more and trying harder will not turn a destructive relationship around. Healthy boundaries provide the best opportunity to attract the right relationships.
Don’t jump out of the frying pan into the fire. Don’t be impulsive; you may find that your situation will actually worsen.
In the kitchen, clean as you go.
If you need undivided devotion; get a dog.
Have annual traditional celebrations, regardless of your circumstances. Connect the present to the pass. It’s the making of memories you will cherish always.
Whatever you do, do it without grumbling. Grumbling makes every task more burdensome.
The dinner table is how we reconnect at the end of the day and invest in the ones who matter most.
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything.
Take long walks and lots of pictures.
Record the voices of your children and your parents.
Bubble baths are for tired muscles and long days.
Mugs of hot cocoa and good books are great for cold and rainy days.
Don’t feed your mind or body with bad things.
Learn to enjoy your own company. Solitude can be empowering.
Sing while in the shower and in the car with children. It helps you to engage, and it helps them to remember.
Good music and sweet fragrances engage the mind and will trigger good responses when you experience them again.
Fear is an awesome motivator but a cruel taskmaster.
When you do all you can do, God will show up and do what only He can do.
Read a portion of Scripture everyday. Apply its principles.
Doing your best trumps not trying when you can’t be the best.
It is always darkest just before the dawn. This is true in light of our circumstances as well.
Be thankful in every situation; the good ones for obvious reasons; the difficult ones for the lessons.
There is more opportunity for maturity during adversity than at any other time.
Whatever your current situation, it came to pass, not to stay.
Simplify your life. Get organized. Pick one area at a time.
Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
Don’t go to bed angry.
Finish what you start.
If someone will lie to you; they will steal from you.
Focus on the moment and be intentional in it.
Live by your values. Work from your passion and strengths.
Relinquish your past mistakes, and accept yourself with laughter.
Say what you mean, and truly mean what you say.
Let challenges bring growth and not create excuses.
Let go of resistance and find a surprising peace.
Be a student of the Truth and of people.
Mentor and be mentored.
Ask engaging questions to build authentic relationships.
Be alert to the moments that take your breath away.
Be diligent in loving those who mean the most, so they will know the promise of commitment.
Invest, include and invite others to gain the best God has for them.
Manage stress well in order to have the emotional energy to deal with the issues in life.
Read something uplifting and encouraging daily.
Live, eat, drink, work, sleep, travel, in moderation. Avoid excess in all things.
Resolve conflict before it becomes resentment.
Be thankful in all things and to all who demonstrate kindness.
Accept the things you are unable to change; be proactive to change the things you can.
Catch a sunset every chance you get.
Enjoy your work everyday. If you don’t, find the work that will enable you to.
Meet the neighbors.
Live debt free.
Leave a legacy to your children that will carry them all of their lives.
Enjoy fireside chats often.
Develop an openness to try and learn new things.
Memorize as many of God’s promises as possible.
Remind yourself to slow down, sip the coffee, smell the roses, and smile for no reason.
Cease from strife and worry. All things work out in God’s time.
Trust God’s heart when you can’t see his hand.
Make amends and work out your conflicts.
Love with sincerity.
Avoid destructive habits and people.
Keep your commitments.
Be a person of your word.
Don’t return evil for evil; overcome it with good.
Do as much good as you can, as often as you can.
Be spiritual in your heart; not religious for show.
Pray to God with real words in a real way.
Substitute acceptance for judgment.
Guard your heart and allow only good things to come from it.
Live what Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount. (Matt 5-7)
Remember, regardless of what happens you will make it through.
Cut excess baggage and travel light.
Stay connected to those who encourage you and to ones you can encourage.
Provide a home environment that is peaceful and a blessing to all who visit.
Serve those who have nothing to give in return with a hug, a kind word, a sandwich, and hope.
Find a little humor in every situation.
Minimize the things in life that pull you away from what is really important.
Be present at the important events in the lives of those you love.
Realize that the less often you make life “all about you” the more you can enjoy it.
Be fun and pleasant to be with.
Be open to things that will stretch you in positive ways.
Live transparently and authentically and give others permission to do the same.
Be involved in organizations that increase the quality of the lives they touch.
Seek to understand rather than attempt to fix others.
Have a working knowledge of Biblical truth to give an answer to those who are hurting or to those who are simply curious.
Overcome the tendency to judge and replace it with a heart to encourage.
Develop the skills necessary to have empowering and enlightening conversations.
Stand at the finish line often as those who have struggled overcome pain, sorrow, and fear.
Live in such a way that the bad things you do are forgiven, and the good things you do bring glory to God and encourage others to seek a better path.
Failure, if not accompanied by quitting, can lead to the greatest success.