Gaining Wisdom

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone.
Benjamin Franklin

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5

Knowledge is horizontal; wisdom is vertical and comes from above.
Billy Graham

I daily ask the Lord for wisdom.
Dan reeves

Do you know what I’ve discovered about the Lord? He doesn’t give wisdom on credit. He doesn’t advance you a bundle of insight. Do you know when He gives us words and wisdom and insight? Right when we need them.
Charles Swindoll

The Power of Faith

Faith clamps down the teeth of God’s Word on the seat of the enemy’s pants and hangs on until Satan quits.
Marilyn Hickey

If you grasp tomorrow with faith, you know the handle won’t fall off.
Anonymous

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
Hebrews 11:8

Hope is hearing the melody of the future. Faith is to dance to it.
Ruben Alves

At a complete disadvantage – because of his smaller size and his substandard equipment – David was still able to achieve what he was able to believe. David was the only man who could defeat Goliath because he was the only one who had the faith for it.
T.D. Jakes

Confident Children

My parents gave me the biggest gift a parent can give a child: Confidence.
Elizabeth MacKay

A child can never be better than what his parents think of him.
Marcelene Cox

The fact that my father had so much confidence in me helped me develop my potential. He never let me get discouraged. He gave me security and let me know that he would be there for me “come hell or high water.” I think that was the greatest gift Dad gave me.
Bernadine Healy

No child ever has too much self-esteem. If you take every possible opportunity to point out what children do well, praise them descriptively for it and express appreciation, your child will become more cooperative, competent and confident.
Nancy Samalin

Children arrive in our arms longing to be known, longing to accept themselves as they are, to be who they are. So when they wade into the swift current of their times, they will be able to stand firm and won’t depend on peer pressure to give them their standard.
Charles Swindoll

The Power of Goals

Give me a stock clerk with a goal, and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal, and I will give you a stock clerk.
J.C. Penney

We all need lots of powerful long-range goals to help us past the short-term obstacles.
Jim Rohn

I believe if a man sets an attainable goal for himself and works to attain it, conscious that when he does so he will then set another goal for himself, he will have a full, busy and – for this reason – a happy life.
Lionel Barrymore

What keeps me going is goals.
Muhammad Ali

Every morning I write down my goals for the day. This becomes my plan. And although it certainly can be altered as events occur, it provides my working outline. Just as you need a plan in life, you also need one for each day, each week, each month, each year. That’s the only way you logically can progress toward your long-term goals.
Rick Pitino

Tribute to Mothers

The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.
Theodore Roosevelt

Mother’s hold their children’s hands for a while . . . their hearts forever.
Anonymous

Since God created man in his own image, every newborn child is a heavenly gift entrusted to a mother’s tender care. The baby finds godliness in his mother’s eyes, life and warmth at her breasts, strength and protection in her tender arms.
Louis Notkin

Despite my mom’s relentless chiding for eating too quickly and talking too much sports, I do not hesitate to use a phrase that up until now I have reserved for only those of my generation: She’s one of my best friends.
Winston Lord

They always looked back before turning the corner, for their mother was always at the window to nod and smile, and wave her hand at them. Somehow it seemed as if they couldn’t have got through the day without that, for whatever their mood might be, the last glimpse of that motherly face was sure to affect them like sunshine.
Louisa May Alcott

Listening

The art of listening is looking at someone when he or she speaks to you, not over his or her shoulder at who else might be in the room.
Rick Pitino

The best leaders are often the best listeners and the most open to new ideas.
Pat Riley

Real listening means taking some radical steps. Like putting the newspaper down. Or turning off the tube. It means leaning forward a little. If the speaker is little, it may mean getting down on your knees.
Gary Smalley and John Trent

Old people love to have somebody listen to them. To listen, when nobody else wants to listen, is a very beautiful thing.
Mother Teresa

Many of the problems I hear don’t require me to offer solutions. I solve most of them by just listening and letting the grieving party do the talking. If I listen long enough, the person will generally come up with an adequate solution.
Mary Kay Ash

Luck

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have it you may be smart enough to see it is what you would have wanted had you known.
Garrison Keillor

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
Thomas Jefferson

Don’t count on luck to get you out of a tight spot.
Harvey Penick

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Darrell Royal

Luck means the hardships which you have not hesitated to endure; the long nights you have devoted to work. Luck means the appointments you have never failed to keep, the airplanes you never failed to catch.
Margaret Clement