Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
— St. Francis de Sales
Our sense of God’s presence is often in inverse proportion to the pace of our lives.
— Richard Swenson
To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
— William Shakespeare
Slow down. It requires a shift in focus from the demanding task at hand, and you may have to remind yourself about what your priorities really are, but your whole family will benefit. The dishes may sit in the sink a little longer, or that load of laundry may go undone for another day, but were they really more important than sharing a bedtime story with your preschooler and talking about her day?
— Judy Ford
Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry because I never undertake more work than I can go through with calmness of spirit.
— John Wesley
The trouble with cleaning the house is it gets dirty the next day anyway, so skip a week if you have to. The children are the most important thing.
— Barbara Bush
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls: work, family, health, friends and spirit. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will never be the same.
— Brian Dyson
I have decided not to let my time be used up by people to whom I make no difference while I neglect those for whom I am irreplaceable.
— Tony Campolo
People often ask me now, “Zinger, is golf still as important to you as it was before you had cancer?” Yes and no. Yes, of course, golf is important to me. I love the game; it is how I make a living. But no, golf is no longer at the top of my priority list. In fact, it runs a slow fourth. My priorities now are God, my family, my friends and golf.
— Paul Azinger
If you think too much about the pursuit of material things, you’re going to hurt those youngsters you’re working so hard to buy material things for.
— John Wooden
A man should never neglect his family for business.
— Walt Disney
Women are realizing now that it’s hard to be Super Woman. It isn’t so great to double your family’s income, if it means you have to turn your back on your family and your home.
— Martha Stewart
All five of our children live within ten minutes of Barbara and me and that’s more important to me than twenty trophies for winning Majors. And if it wasn’t that way in our family, I’d trade all those trophies if I could make it that way.
— Jack Nicklaus
I have so much fun being at home, getting up in the morning, making breakfast, taking my kids to school, going to school activities. That’s where my life is right now.
— Payne Stewart, shortly before he was killed in a plane crash
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
— Thomas Jefferson
I make a lot of money and I’ve given a lot of it to charities, but I’ve given all of myself to my wife and the kids, and that’s the best donation I’ll ever make.
— Bill Cosby
I would much rather be around my family. The times you have to get up in the middle of the night and hold one of your children because they’re scared of the lightning. Or changing diapers. That togetherness far outweighs the times you don’t get to sleep in.
— Shawn Bradley
I have observed that when our family spends unstructured time together, God brings wonderful things to pass.
— Adrian Rogers
One of the simplest ways to maintain a sense of family unity and belonging is to set around a table together for a meal. Since plenty of distractions eat away at this family tradition, you need to be intentional – and often sacrifice other things – to make it work. So turn off the TV. Set the table with candles. Make conversation the focus of the meal. Keep the comments positive.
— Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuykendall
I am grateful for all my problems. I became stronger and more able to meet those that were still to come.
— J.C. Penney
After crosses and losses men grow humbler and wiser.
— Benjamin Franklin
God loves us in good times and bad. But He is even more real in our lives when we are having tough times.
— Joe Gibbs
The fact that there have been difficulties and hardships makes my family closer.
— John F. Kennedy, Jr.
If God wants you to accomplish something in your life, He’s going to put things in your life for you to learn from. It’s often cumulative. You learn a little bit here and a little bit there. And then there’s the final straw that puts you over the hump. Once you get it, you know you’ve got it.
— Tom Lehman
Prayer is the contact of a living soul with God. In prayer, God stoops to kiss man, to bless man and to aid in everything that God can devise or man can need.
— E.M. Bounds
The whole meaning of prayer is that we may know God.
— Oswald Chambers
I rise at 5:30 A.M. each day and spend 45 minutes in prayer, meditation and the scriptures, and I have found that this has become the most important part of my day.
— Tom Osborne
The less I pray, the harder it gets; the more I pray, the better it goes.
— Martin Luther
I remember my mother, my father and the rest of us praying together each evening. It is God’s greatest gift to the family. It maintains family unity. So go back to family prayer and teach your children to pray and pray with them.
— Mother Teresa