Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Mother’s Love

A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.
Helen Steiner Rice

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
Victor Hugo

You never realize how much your mother loves you till you explore the attic – and find every letter you ever sent her, every finger painting, clay pot, bead necklace, Easter chicken, cardboard Santa Claus, paper lace Mother’s Day card and school report since day one.
Pam Brown

My mother loved me completely and selflessly, and her special legacy was a quiet, inner peace, and the determination never to despair.
Richard Nixon

Not until I became a mother did I understand how much my mother had sacrificed for me. Not until I became a mother did I feel how hurt my mother was when I disobeyed. Not until I became a mother did I know how proud my mother was when I achieved. Not until I became a mother did I realize how much my mother loves me. Therefore, be encouraged. One day, your children will feel the same way.
Victoria Farnsworth

Spiritual Life

A life marked by depth can only be cultivated in protracted periods of time spent in solitude, quietness and obscurity.
Charles Swindoll

It is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.
Evelyn Underhill

There was often not enough time in the day to prepare thoroughly for an opponent, particularly a powerful one. I often felt self-imposed pressure to watch more films, think of all eventualities and spend more time in meetings. However, I learned over time that the more pressure I was under, the less I could afford to ignore my spiritual life.
Tom Osborne

Come near to God and he will come near to you.
James 4:8

The Scriptures are replete with references to the value of waiting before the Lord and spending time with Him. When we do, the debris we have gathered during the hurried, busy hours of our day gets filtered out, not unlike the silt that settles where a river widens. With the debris out of the way, we are able to see things more clearly and feel God’s nudgings more sensitively.
Charles Swindoll

The Power of Self-Discipline

You cannot be disciplined in great things and undisciplined in small things.
General George Patton

I know the secret to success. It is my friend, Discipline.
Bella Karolyi

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done whether you like it or not.
Thomas Huxley

I have never known a really successful man who deep in his heart did not understand the grind, the discipline it takes to win.
Vince Lombardi

Fortunate is the person who has developed the self-control to steer a straight course toward his objective in life, without being swayed from his purpose by either commendation or condemnation.
Napoleon Hill

Your Unique Abilities

The weakest among us has a gift, however seemingly trivial, which is peculiar to him, and which, worthily used, will be a gift also to his race forever.
John Ruskin

Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The same man cannot be skilled in everything, each has his special excellence.
Euripides

The service of the less gifted brother is as pure as that of the more gifted, and God accepts both with equal pleasure.
A.W. Tozer

If you follow your dream, and faithfully use what God has gifted you with, your gift will open the doors you need to succeed.
T.D. Jakes

Encourage Your Children

When I was a kid, my father told me every day, “You’re the most wonderful boy in the world, and you can do anything you want to.”
Jan Hutchins

My parents were both, in their way, very loving and indulgent. Just the fact that I had the presumption to become an artist is rather ridiculous, isn’t it, with no qualifications except that I felt treasured as a child.
John Updike

When children hear their parents praising each other, it makes them feel good and secure, and they may very well grow up to compliment their spouses too.
Letitia Baldrige

Our children are better than they think. What kind of mirror do we hold up to them? Do we point out all their faults and problems, or do we point out their beauty and success? What do you say to your kids when they walk out the door? Stand up straight? Fix your pants? Do you ever say, “You’re a beautiful person. God and I are proud of you.”
Dr. Bernie Siegel

Uncertainty

Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.
Bernard Malamud

Greatness is a road leading toward the unknown.
Charles de Gaulle

If you don’t go fishing because you thought it might rain you will never go fishing. This applies to more than fishing.
Gary Sow

Uncertainty will not rule our lives as long as we put our trust in God.
Kermit Bell

So what do we do? Anything. Something. So long as we don’t just sit there. If we screw up, start over. Try something else. If we wait until we’ve satisfied all the uncertainties, it may be too late.
Lee Iacocca

Good Relationships

I’m thirty-six years old, and as I get older, I see that relationships are what’s important in life.
Tom Lehman

I learned at a young age that the secret to success lies in the power of relationships.
Keith Ferrazzi

Relationships will fluctuate with the ups and downs through the stages and ages of life. If you bail out when things are down, you will regret it once you are out.
T.D. Jakes

The magic formula in human relations is simple – when you begin to dislike someone, do something nice for him.
John Sherman

People liked my dad. He got along very well with students, parents and other members of the faculty at the high school where he was athletic director. Whenever I saw him in a game or around school, he always had a smile on his face. He had wonderful people skills. And he impressed upon me the importance of having good relationships with people and having a pleasant manner.
Val Ackerman