Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Power of God’s Word

God’s laws are pure, eternal, just. They are more desirable than gold. They are sweeter than honey dripping from a honeycomb. For they warn us away from harm and give success to those who obey them.
Psalm 19:9-11 (TLB)

Weave the unveiling fabric of God’s Word through your heart and mind. It will hold strong, even if the rest of life unravels.
Gigi Tchividjan

The Bible is a book in comparison with which all others in my eyes are of minor importance; and which in all my perplexities and distresses has never failed to give me light and strength.
General Robert E. Lee

For several years I have read the Bible through twice in twelve months. It is a great and powerful tree, each word of which is a mighty branch. Each of these branches have I well shaken, so desirous was I to know what each one bore and what it would give me. And the shaking of them has never disappointed me.
Martin Luther

Desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.
1 Peter 2:2 (KJV)

A Good Attitude

Having a good attitude can keep you moving forward no matter what obstacles stand in your way.
Pat Williams

Changing your attitude is always more successful than changing your circumstances. When your attitude is positive and determined, the task at hand is fifty percent completed.
Greg Quinn

Attitude is the mother of luck.
Pat Riley

We cannot choose the things that will happen to us. But we can choose the attitude we will take toward anything that happens. Success or failure depends on your attitude.
Alfred Montapert

The single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. The attitude I choose keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there’s no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.
Charles Swindoll

Getting Advice

Two quick ways to disaster: 1) Take nobody’s advice. 2) Take everybody’s advice.
Ralph Cansler

Accepting good advice increases one’s own ability.
Johann von Goethe

A leader must have the courage to act against an expert’s advice.
Leonard Callaghan

No one is wise enough by himself.
Plautus

Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.
Proverbs 19:20

Leadership

The most essential quality for leadership is not perfection, but credibility. People must be able to trust you, or they won’t follow you. How do you build credibility? Not by pretending to be perfect, but by being honest.
Rick Warren

Leadership is by example, not talk.
Bill Walsh

Leaders make ideas tangible and real to others, so they can support them. For no matter how marvelous the vision, the effective leader must use a metaphor, a word or a model to make that vision clear to others.
Warren Bennis

Treat others as we want to be treated ourselves. People do not willingly follow leaders who are unconcerned with how they are treated.
Major General William Cohen

A leader can empower people by expecting more of them than they think they can possibly achieve. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy – if the leader really believes that people can do more, they’ll begin to expect more from themselves.
Robert Townsend

Character Required for Success

Having character means that you always try to do what you say you’re going to do, no matter how hard it may be.
Pat Williams

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
Leo Aikman

Talent is overrated. You win with character. In a short series, talent might prevail. Over an 82-game basketball season, character prevails.
Lewis Schaffel

Not being beautiful was the true blessing. It forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.
Golda Meir

Nice guys may appear to finish last, but usually they’re running in a different race.
Kenneth Blanchard and Norman Vincent Peale

The Power of Affection

The benefits of physical affection between you and your child are not just for your child. Your own emotional attachment to your child will be strengthened by regular physical contact.
Laurence Steinberg

Touching words are statements of affection, whether written or spoken. Leave notes everywhere. Notes left on pillows and tucked into shoes and suitcases are powerful word “touchings.”
Robert Wolgemuth

Acceptance and appreciation tells the child that he or she is of tremendous worth. And I can only express my acceptance and appreciation through being affectionate – and available.
Josh McDowell

Affection – the nonverbal communication of closeness – is among the most important experiences we share with our children.
Charles Swindoll

We may prepare food for our children, chauffeur them around, take them to the movies, buy them toys and ice cream, but nothing registers as deeply as a simple squeeze, cuddle or pat on the back. There is no greater reassurance of their lovability and worth than to be affectionately touched and held.
Stephanie Marston

The Treasure in Books

It is chiefly through books that we learn from superior minds. In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts and pour their souls into ours.
William Channing

Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.
Jesse Bennett

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.
Walt Disney

Through the use of books I had the whole world at my feet: could travel anywhere, meet anyone and do anything.
Dr. Ben Carson

You can’t put your hand in a pot of glue without some of it sticking. So, too, you can’t put your mind and heart into the works of the masters without some of it sticking. If you read about immortals, you increase the possibility of leaving an immortal effect. The result has been enormous for me.
Dr. John Demartini