"Envy makes us resent people who have something we don’t have. It feeds on itself and is ultimately destructive. When we envy, the people who are loving, safe and generous become the bad guys in our eyes. Envy is ultimately connected with coveting, and is best defined as a tendency to hate other people for having what we want. Envy says, ‘What is inside me is bad. What is outside me is good. I hate anyone who has something I desire.’ Ask God to help you be grateful for what you have, and to rejoice in the good things that others have."- Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsed (Safe People)
"What can couples do to protect the love and affection they feel for each other- in short, what protects a marriage? For men, the advise is not to sidestep conflict, but to realize that when their wife brings up some grievance or disagreement, she may be doing it as an act of love, trying to keep the relationship healthy and on course (although there may well be other motives for a wive's hostility). When grievances simmer, they build and build in intensity until there's an explosion; when they are aired and worked out, it takes the pressure off. Men also need to be on guard against short-circuiting the discussion by offering a practical solution too early on- it's typically more important to a wife that that she feel her husband hears her complaint and empathizes with her feelings about the matter(though he need not agree with her). She may hear his offering advice as a way of dismissing her feelings as inconsequential. Husbands who are able to stay with their wives through the heat of anger, rather than dismissing their complaints as petty, help their wives feel heard and respected. Most especially, wives want o have their feelings acknowledged and respected as valid, even if their husbands disagree. More often than not, when a wife feels her view is heard and her feelings registered, she calms down. As for women, the advice is quite parallel. Since a major problem for men is that their wives are too intense in voice complaints, wives need to make a purposeful effort to be careful not to attack their husbands- to complain about what they did, but not criticize them as a person or express contempt. Complaints are not attacks on character, but rather a clear statement that a particular action is distressing. An angry personal attack will almost certainly lead to a husband's getting defensive or stonewalling, which will be all the more frustrating, and only escalate the fight. It helps, too, if a wife's complaints are put in a larger context of reassuring her husband of her love for him."- Danial Goleman (Emotional Intelligence)
“Instead of condemning people, let’s try to understand them. Let’s try to figure out why they do what they do. That’s a lot more profitable and intriguing than criticism; and it breeds sympathy, tolerance and kindness. ‘To know all is to forgive all.’ As Dr. Johnson said: ‘God Himself, sir, does not propose to judge man until the end of his days.’ Why should you and I?”- Dale Carnegie (How to Win Friends and Influence People)
“I genuinely believe that relationships with family and close friends are one of the greatest sources of happiness in life. It sounds simple, but like any important investment, these relationships need consistent attention and care. But there are two forces that will be constantly working against this happening. First, you’ll be routinely tempted to invest your resources elsewhere- in things that will provide you with a more immediate payoff. And second, your family and friends rarely shout the loudest to demand your attention. They love you and they want to support your career, too. That can add up to neglecting the people you care about the most in the world. The theory of good money, bad money explains that the clock of building a fulfilling relationship is ticking from the start. If you don’t nurture and develop those relationships, they won’t be there to support you if you find yourself traversing some of the more challenging stretches of life, or as one of the most important sources of happiness in your life.”- Clayton, James, & Karen (How Will You Measure Your Life)
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that we tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. Why are we such fools- such tragic fools? ‘How strange it is, our little procession of life!’ wrote Stephen Leacock. ‘The child says, ‘When I’m a big boy.’ And then, grown up, he says, ‘When I get married.’ But to be married, what is that after all? The thought changes to ‘When I’m able to retire.’ And then, when retirement comes, he looks back over the landscape traversed; a cold wind seems to sweep over it; somehow he has missed it all, and it is gone. Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.”- Dale Carnegie (How to stop worrying and Start Living)
“The best way to guarantee a miserable life of breakups, regret, broken hearts, and divorce is to be passive and lazy and do nothing. If you don’t take action and keep moving, you’ll wind up flat on your back. You’ll hop from one relationship to the next looking for someone to solve all your problems and make you happy. You’ll be discouraged, angry, depressed, and resentful. You will be tempted to blame everyone else. Eventually you’ll get numb to the pain and stop caring about true love. You’ll settle for temporary affection, the hookup, the booty call, porn, or the one night stand. And one day you’ll wake up and realize you’re all alone. You’ll take inventory of the years you wasted chasing the wrong thing. You’ll look back on the road you’ve been on and realize you were heading in the wrong direction the whole time. At that point you can repent and turn around. You can submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and He can transform you by His grace. He can forgive you and you can start over.”- Clayton & Sharrie King
“Friendship is a great gift. One to be prayed for and not to be taken for granted. If you do not have the kind of friendship you long for, ask God to bring it in your life, to give you eyes to recognize it when He does. When God gives a friend, he is entrusting us with the care of another’s heart. It is a chance to mother, and to sister, to be a life giver, to help someone else become the woman she was created to be, to walk alongside her and call her deep heart forth. Friendships need to be nurtured and guarded and fought for. We need to call one another without waiting to be called first. We need to ask how our friends are doing and really listen to their answers. Listen between the lines. We love our friends by pursuing them- calls, little presents, cards, invitations to play, to go for a walk, to go to a movie. We offer our hearts.”- Stasi Eldredge (Captivating)
“The joy of sex is to know you have entered into a holy covenant relationship with the woman you love, and that God gladly has provided a joyous, exciting, physically pleasing act with which you seal your covenant. Each time you have sex with your wife, you are once again saying with every fiber of your being that you love her. Sex with guilt is nothing like that at all. Sex without guilt is the greatest pleasure a man will ever know. Sex is sacred to marriage. Sex is for marriage.”- Ed Cole
“A righteous woman speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She teaches the young and helps friends with prudent advice. She does not indulge in gossip. Her counsel can be trusted and is sought by young and old alike. Her husband does not have to spend half his time straightening out problems at home. She shows good judgment in all her decisions. She is a virtuous woman, a woman after God’s own heart. This woman prays for her husband daily. She uses her position of influence- as his completer in God’s eyes, as his helpmate- to intercede on his behalf. In fact when she prays for her husband she is actually praying for herself as God has commanded us to cleave together as one. As you pray for your husband ask God’s blessing over his life. Ask God to give him wisdom and discernment. Petition God to help make him a leader that others look up to. And ask God to help you know how best to use your influence to support and encourage his growth and development.”- Rick Johnson
“Lord, I do not know fully what the value of the Blood is, but I know that the Blood has satisfied Thee; so the Blood is enough for me and it is my only plea. I see now that whether I have really progressed, whether I have really attained to something or not, it is not the point. Whenever I come before Thee, it is always on the ground of the precious Blood.”- Watchman Nee (The Normal Christian Life)
“The most important characteristic of a godly mother is not her relationship with her children. It is her love for her husband. The love between a husband and wife is the real key to a thriving family. A healthy home environment cannot be built exclusively on the parent’s love for their children. The properly situated family has marriage at the center; families shouldn’t revolve around the children. Furthermore, all parents need to heed this lesson: what you communicate to your children through your marital relationship will stay with them for the rest of their lives. By watching how mother and father treat one another, they will learn the most fundamental lessons of life- love, self-sacrifice, integrity, virtue, sin, sympathy, compassion, understanding, and forgiveness. Whatever you teach them about those things, right or wrong, is planted deep within their hearts.”- John MacArthur
“God is at work in His universe. He is not outside the world looking on with a sort of cold indifference. Here on all the roads of life, he is striving in our striving. Like an ever loving father, He is working through history for the salvation of His children. As we struggle to defeat the forces of evil, the God of the universe struggles with us. Evil dies on the seashore, not merely because of man’s endless struggle against it, but because of God’s power to defeat it.”- Martin Luther King (Strength to Love)
“Five years ago faith came to me, I believed in the doctrine of Jesus, and my whole life underwent a sudden transformation. What I had once wished for I wished no longer, and I began to desire what I had never desired before. What had once appeared to me right now became wrong, and the wrong of the past I beheld as right…My life and my desires were completely changed; good and evil interchanged meanings.”- Leo Tolstoi
“We are afraid of the superiority of other people, of failure, and of the scorn of disapproval of those whose opinion we most value. Envy, jealousy, a lack of self-confidence, a feeling of insecurity, and a haunting sense of inferiority are all rooted in fear. We do not envy people and then fear them; first we fear them and then subsequently we become jealous of them. Is there a cure for these annoying fears that pervert our lives? Yes, a deep and abiding commitment to the way of love. “Perfect love casteth out fear”. Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear; only love can do that. Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”- Martin Luther King (Strength to Love)
“Two types of Negro churches have failed to provide bread. One burns with emotionalism, and the other freezes with classism. The former, reducing worship to entertainment, places more emphasis on volume than on content and confuses spirituality with muscularity. The danger in such a church is that the members may have more religion in their hands and feet than in their hearts and souls. The other type of Negro church that feeds no midnight traveler has developed a class of system and boasts of its dignity, its membership of professional people, and its exclusiveness. In such a church the worship service is cold and meaningless, the music dull and uninspiring, and the sermon little more than a homily on current events. If the pastor says too much about Jesus Christ, the members feel that he is robbing the pulpit of dignity. This type of church tragically fails to recognize that worship at its best is a social experience in which people from all levels of life come together to affirm their oneness and unity under God.”- Martin Luther King (Strength to Love)
"Lord, I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom you will. Let me be employed by You or laid aside for You, exalted for You, or brought low by You. Let me have all things , let me have nothing, I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, O Glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours."- John Wesley
“God makes prayer identical in force and power with Himself, and He says to those on earth who pray, “You are on earth to carry on my cause. I am in heaven, the Lord of all, the Maker of all, the Holy One of all. Now, whatever you need for my cause, ask Me, and I will do it. Shape the future by your prayers, and concerning all that you need for present supplies, command Me. I made heaven and earth and all things in them. Ask for great things. Open thy mouth wide and I will fill it. It is my work that you are doing, it concerns my cause. Be prompt and full in praying. Do not abate your asking, and I will not wince or abate my giving.”- EM Bounds (Prayer)
“I do not mean that every prayer we offer is answered exactly as we desire it to be. Were this the case, it would mean that we would be dictating to God, and prayer would degenerate into a mere system of begging. Just as an earthly father knows what is best for his children’s welfare, so does God take into consideration the particular needs of His human family, and meets them out of his wonderful storehouse. If our petitions are in accordance with His will, and if we seek His glory in the asking, the answers will come in ways that will astonish us and fill our hearts with songs of thanksgiving. God is a rich and bountiful Father, and He does not forget His children, nor withhold from them anything that it would be to their advantage to receive.”- J. Kennedy Maclean
“Luther said, “To have prayed well is to have studied well.” More than that, to have prayed well is to have fought well; to have prayed well is to have lived well; to pray well is to die well. Prayer is a rare gift, not a popular ready gift. Prayer is not the fruit of natural talents; rather it is the product of faith, of holiness, of deeply spiritual character. It is just as difficult to pray as it is to live a holy life. In this fact we find the reason why a wall of exclusion is built around our prayer closets: men do not love holy praying because they do not love and because they do not determine to live holy lives. Men learn to pray as they learn to love, for perfect prayer is only another name for love. Perfection in simplicity, in humility, in faith- these form its chief ingredients.”- EM Bounds (Prayer)
“God is more real to me than any thought or thing or person. I feel His presence positively, and even more as I live in closer harmony with His laws, as they are written in my body and mind. I feel Him in the sunshine or rain; my feelings are most nearly described by saying that everything is mingled with delicious restfulness. I talk to Him as to a companion in prayer and praise, and our communion is delightful. He answers me again and again, often in words so clearly spoken that it seems my outer ear must have carried the tone, but generally in strong mental impressions. Usually a text of scripture will unfold to me some new view of Him and His love for me, and His care for my safety. The knowledge that He is mine and I am His never leaves me; it is an abiding joy. Without it, life would be a blank, a desert, a shore less, trackless waste.”
“The prayers of holy men appease God’s wrath, drive away temptations, resist and overcome the Devil, procure the ministry and service of angels, rescind the decrees of God. Prayer cures sickness and obtains pardon; it arrests the sun and its course and stays the wheels of the chariot of the moon; it rules over all gods and opens and shuts the storehouses of rain; it unlocks the cabinet of the womb and quenches the violence of fire; it stops the mouths of lions and reconciles our suffering and weak faculties with the violence of torment and violence of persecution; it pleases God and supplies all our need.” – Jeremy Taylor
“My purity is for His delight primarily. If I’m still single at age seventy, my heart will be full of joy over the relationship I have shared with my regal King, thankful that immorality never harmed the depth of intimacy we’ve shared. As my King Regent, He has every right to all of me- including the sexual me. I am His alone. Marriage then becomes the icing on the cake, not the cake. He is the main thing, the only thing that matters ultimately. I am waiting to stand before my King on the new earth, waiting for His ‘Well done”. I am waiting for unimaginable closeness with Him forever. And I want nothing on earth that impinges on my delight in Him forever.”- Dr. Richard Moss
“I remember a time in my life many years ago when I was frozen with fear at what God had called me to do. It seemed so huge a task that I was unable to bring myself to face it. A friend came to me and spoke two words that broke the paralysis in my life. He said, “Do something!” and walked out of my house. That day I “did something”. Momentum came into my life, and I began to run towards the vision God had for me. Those two words were a turning point in my life.”- John Mason
“When we sin sexually, we hurt ourselves. But not physically. Even when there are no physical consequences; we hurt ourselves. After all, sex is not just physical. Sexual sin is like no other sin because your sexuality bridges body and soul. Sex is a physical act that reaches beyond your physical body. Sexual sin is like no other sin because it cuts deeper than other sin. It leaves a more noticeable scar. When you sin sexually, you literally sin against your true self. Your soul self. To sin against yourself is essentially to betray and steal from yourself. Sexual sin robs you of your own future. Sexual sin undermines future intimacy. Sexual sin creates an obstacle to honesty. Sexual sin is the sin we will be most tempted to hide, the sin we will most likely try to smuggle into future relationships. Sexual sin eventually equates to self-inflicted pain. The New Testament teaches us that sex is for married people. Not because God is against sex, but God is for you.”- Andy Stanley
“If you’re in a relationship with someone who is depending on you to help him or her become a better person (I.e. change), it’s not going to happen. That is beyond your ability. You can’t change another person for the better any more than that person can change you. People will change when they decide to change. If you’re in a relationship because you believe that your right person is going to help you change, you’re wasting your most valuable resource- time. To put it bluntly, you’re wasting your life. Your right person can’t change you. You are expecting the impossible. In fact, the dependency you have developed is probably an impediment to the change you long to experience.”- Andy Stanley
“Why are we experiencing such an epidemic of open and not so open sin in the church today? Because we have promoted a “gospel” that says it is possible to be a Christian while stubbornly refusing to address practices or behaviors we know are sinful. We have accepted the philosophy that it’s O.K for Christians to look, think, act, and talk like the world. We have made it an offense to admonish people about their sin, either privately or when necessary publicly. If only we were as loath to commit sin as we are to confront it.”-Nancy Leigh DeMoss
“The fear of being alone is a happiness thief. And latching on to another person to escape the fear of being alone is not a solution to loneliness. Signs to recognize include the following: Spending hours on the telephone yakking about your problems instead of seeking real help from God. Being addicted to social media. Partying and pursuing a jam-packed social life. Going to any length, even if it’s against your principles, for favor. Spending money foolishly and getting into debt. Becoming clingy and overly possessive. If single, wasting time dating the wrong person who spiritually robs you (and God help you if you marry that person).”- Marie Chapian
“One of the biggest reasons divorce is so rampant today is because people get married for the wrong reasons. People seek attraction, companionship, and compatibility first, not calling. But what Genesis 2:18 shows us is that calling must be central to a healthy relationship. You don’t need to do the same job as the person you marry, but it’s important to be heading in the same direction. You need to have an understanding of the overarching calling of your life. Let a shared mutual calling to Christ and a desire to fulfill His purpose together be foundation to your marriage.”- Colt McCoy
“I’m only in my early sixties, and I already find myself weary of the hollow memories of what few accomplishments I may have mustered in my life. My failures continue to embarrass me. The inadequacies I have carried with me since my youth still frustrate me. My insecurities trouble my soul. And the praise of others has an increasingly hollow ring. I am tired of worrying whether or not the sermon I preached was good enough or whether or not someone will pat me on the back for a job well done. I’m tired of worrying about what people think about me. I’m weary of the carnal feeling that sometimes haunts me when someone talks about their favorite preacher…and it’s not me. Bottom line, I just flat out get tired of me. But I never get tired of Jesus. After all these years, I still find Him more compelling, more engaging, more awesome, more surprising, more fulfilling, and more attractive than ever before. I never get tired of singing His praises or of watching Him perform. I find Him to be more griping. Absorbing. Beyond Comprehension. And that’s why- along with Paul, my grandmother, Billy Graham, and countless others through the years- I find myself longing to know Him better.”- Joseph Stowell
“I will know what your relationship with God is if you lose your house, if you lose your car, if you lose your scholarship. If you lose your boo. If your relationship is real, you won’t sit there with your lips stuck out. You won’t take a sabbatical from church. You will come into the house of God and you will declare, ‘I will still worship God. I will give God glory because the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”- Joseph W. Walker III
“If you think you can be a discerning believer without spending time with God- think again. If you think you can be a woman of God or a man of God without studying His Word- think again. If you think you can be super spiritual without being a super-servant- think again. If you think you can substitute fame and reputation for character and integrity- think again. If you think you can use God’s church or God’s people to achieve your selfish goals- think again. If you think you can experience God’s blessing without living in faithful obedience to Him- think again.”- Dr Michael Yousseff
“Look around at our own society with spiritual eyes, and you will see people who are hungry and desperate to be loved and accepted. And all too often, they settle for sex. They want to be valued and esteemed, but they settle for being used as an object of momentary pleasure. They are made in God’s image, and God himself has said that it’s not good for people to be alone. Yet people settle for a counterfeit togetherness that ultimately leads to more emptiness and loneliness than ever.”- Dr Michael Yousseff
“If you are a parent, a grandparent, a teacher, a coach, or a mentor, then here is a message you need to impart to the young people within the sphere of your influence: ‘God sees you as a mighty warrior for him. You can accomplish literally anything if you depend entirely on God’s resources.’ You may look at a child and see nothing but bad attitudes, behavioral problems, immaturity, laziness, and a bad temper- but you can give that child a new vision of himself, of herself, a vision of limitless potential in reliance upon God’s resources. I plead with you, don’t discourage your children, your grandchildren, or your students. At the same time, I plead with you not to do what so many worldly parents and educators are doing today-heaping empty praises on children, inflating their arrogance and pride by telling them they have potential in their humanity.”- Dr Michael Yousseff
“God specializes in turning weaklings into heroes. He loves to take inadequate, insecure people and transform them into servants who will lead and leaders who serve. God often passes over the strong, the confident, the self-sufficient- the very people you and I would likely select- and he chooses instead the shy ones, the inexperienced ones, the weak and insecure ones. God is in the business of turning common, ordinary human clay into faithful, bold leaders. He cannot use people who are so self-confident they have no need of him. He excels at using the weak and insecure.”- Dr Michael Youssef
“It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been. It doesn’t matter what’s been said about you. You may have been the worst of the worst. You may have hated Jesus. Yet, through the power of His Word, God wants to redefine who you are. He can literally turn your life around. He did so with Saul. He can do it for you. Who knows? Maybe you’re going to be the one who births faith in a whole generation of people. Maybe you thought you’d lost your shot to be a part of what God’s doing. But God’s saying, Oh no, you haven’t. You’re going to have such a big role in my future plans for my people, it’s going to blow your mind. I’m the One who changed Saul to Paul. I change people’s names. I change people’s destiny. And I can do that in your life as well.”- Louie Giglio
“One of the most valuable decisions we can make is to not be influenced in our lives by what’s happening in other people’s lives. What occurs in someone else’s life has nothing to do with what God wants to do in yours. He loves you just as much as He loves others. Every time we put our eyes on other people, we take our eyes of the goal.”- John Mason
“Although we all make mistakes in life, the problem occur when we try to hide our mistakes, to cover them up rather than to learn from them and allow other people to learn from them. We have to learn to deal honestly with them. When we are confronted by failure and mistakes, we can leave them behind and go on with our lives. I am not sure that we all get repaid in this life for every dishonest deed we do, but I am convinced that we all harvest the fruits of our labors.”- Ben Carson (Think Big)
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“Drawing near to God is not an activity. It is intimacy. It is the act of meeting God intimately, talking to Him, listening for the voice of His Spirit within us, listening to His voice speaking to us through the Scriptures. It is the act of being honest with ourselves and with God about our sins, our failures, and our ungodly habits. It is the act of coming clean and repenting, of asking His Spirit to fill us, of renewing a right relationship with God.”- Michael Yousseff
“Waiting for your prince is not about finding the right man, but becoming the right woman. A young lady in waiting totally surrenders herself to the Lordship of Christ, diligently uses her days, trusts God with growing faith, demonstrates virtue in daily life, loves God with focused devotion, stands for physical and emotional purity, lives in security, responds to life with contentment, makes choices based on her convictions, and waits patiently for God to meet her needs.”- Jackie Kendall
“Your children will attract a variety of young people who might end up in your living room. When the mission field comes through your door, you might be tempted to say, “Oh no, I don’t like that boy or girl”. Reflect before you respond. Pray before you react. Be careful not to reject the child quickly, because he or she has been delivered to your room by the Holy One. Your first response may be, “Not this type of child, Lord! Isn’t it time for her to go home?” You cannot love your kids’ friends to Jesus without accepting them where they are and praying for where they need to go. When you and I learn to do both, we will effectively fulfil our place in this mission field that God delivered to us.”- Jackie Kendall
"All those whom God uses to be an authority should have the spirit of David. We should not say anything to defend ourselves. There is no need for us to say anything for ourselves. We should not act on our own. There is no need to move even a little finger to prove that we are chosen by God. We should trust, wait, and humble ourselves. We have to wait for God’s timing. God will surely accomplish what He has set out to accomplish. The more submissive we are, the more we will learn to be an authority. The more we prostrate ourselves before the Lord, the more God will vindicate us. But if we try to speak for ourselves, fight for ourselves, and complain, we will destroy God’s work. We have to learn to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. The more we try to be an authority in ourselves, the more we will walk down the wrong path. The way is clear before us. In the Old Testament the greatest authority was Moses, while among all the kings the greatest authority was David. Both behaved the same way in their capacity as deputy authorities. We have to touch these men’s spirits before we can maintain God’s authority."- Watchman Nee
"During these years I've found out one thing- God's work is never according to reasons. Even if I do not understand what He's doing, I still have to worship Him because I'm His servant. If everything that He does is understood by me, I might as well be the one to sit on the throne. Once I see that He's far above me, that only He is the most Holy One, and that I should bow down in the dust, all reasons will disappear from me. From this day forward, authority only is the fact, not reasons, rights, and wrongs. Those who know God surely know themselves, and once a person knows himself, all reasons are removed."- Watchman Nee
“The single most important motive for raising children is the glory of God, and that is where we must remain grounded. We must endeavour to instil in them a character that radiates God’s glory. We must work to build in our children a life direction that wants nothing less than God’s glory. We must toil to form a lifestyle that desires to do all to the glory of God. A life focused on God’s glory will have glory for its own reward, for then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”- Kent and Barbara Hughes
“I’m excited about what God is doing in my life right now, and I feel free because running isn’t the most important thing in my life. Intimacy with God is so much sweeter than running fast. But ironically, as I get closer to God, apply His principles to my life consistently, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me more, I run better and enjoy running more. I’m always tempted to feel as if I can use God to run faster, but I know this is shortchanging God’s best for me. All I want is God. All I need is to receive His love. I need to continually ask myself, what is giving me joy today, my accomplishments or God’s presence? The key to joy is continually being in God’s presence- running, working, eating or even sleeping.”- Ryan Hall
"Part of our priestly role as parents is to pronounce blessings on our kids. We do this whenever we say something like, 'The Lord has His hand on you Tommy!' Moms and dads can also repeat blessings from the Bible to their children. The following blessing was given by Aaron and his son to the Israelites: 'The LORD bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."-David& Heather Kopp
"Here is how the New England Puritan Cotton Mather imagined children addressing their parents on the Judgment Day for their neglect of parental discipline: You should have taught us the things of God, and did not; you should have restrained us from sin and corrected us, and you did not; you were the means of our original corruption and guiltiness, and you never showed any competent care that we might be delivered from it...Woe unto us that we had such...careless parents."-Kent & Barabara Hughes
"The first link between my soul and Christ is not my goodness but my badness, not my merit but my misery; not my standing but my falling."- Charles Spuregeon
"Believers who are the most desperate about themselves are the ones who express most forcefully their confidence in grace...Those who are the most pessimistic about man are the most optimistic about God; those who are the most severe with themselves are the ones who have the most serene confidence in divine forgiveness...By degrees the awareness of our guilt and God's love increases side by side."-Paul Tournier
"Your husband is capable, honorable, and worthy of your attention and admiration. He desires to know more than anything that you trust him, you believe he has the wisdom and talent to succeed. He is fulfilled when he sense that, despite his inadequacies, you see the possibilities and potential God has given him as your provider and protector. He likes knowing you're praying for him, assuring him that he still has what it takes to be the man of your dreams. When he feels genuinely affirmed by you, it makes him want to live up to your trust in most cases. Then even when he falls short, it will be apparent that his desire was to meet your expectations. You'll see in his eyes that he was trying to please you."-Priscilla Shirer
“Whatever God has called your husband to be or do, He has also called you to support it and be part of it, if in no other way than pray, encourage, and help in whatever way possible. For some women that means creating a good home, raising the children, being there for him, and offering prayer and support. Other women may take an active role by becoming a partner or helper. In either case, God does not ask you to deny your own personhood in the process. God has called you to something, too. But it will fit in whatever your husband’s calling is, it will not be in conflict with it. God is not the author of confusion, strife, or unworkable situations. He is a God of perfect timing.”~Stormie Omartian
“No matter how low down you are; no matter what your disposition has been; you may be low in your thoughts, words, and actions; you may be selfish; your heart may be overflowing with corruption and wickedness; yet Jesus will have compassion on you. He will speak comforting words to you, not treat you coldly or spurn you, as perhaps those of earth would, but will speak tender words, and words of love and affection and kindness. Just come at once. He is a faithful friend- a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” ~D. L Moody
the well-ordering of his outward life—yet his main business
and work is about his heart—
"Oh that this ignorant heart were but more enlightened!
Oh that this proud heart were but more humble!
Oh that this profane heart were but more holy!
Oh that this earthly heart were but more heavenly!
Oh that this unbelieving heart were but more believing!
Oh that this passionate heart were but more meek!
Oh that this carnal heart were but more spiritual!
Oh that this vain heart were but more serious!
Oh that this dull heart were but more quickened!
Oh that this dead heart were but more enlivened!
Oh that this lukewarm heart were but more zealous
for God, and Christ, and the gospel, and the great
concerns of eternity!”-Thomas Brooks
into the water; cast it upon the ash-heap, or into the
pleasant garden; cast it among the poor or among the
rich, among the religious or among the licentious—yet
still it is gold, still it retains its purity and excellency.
Just so, cast a holy Christian—a golden Christian—
into whatever condition you will, and into what company
you will—and still he will retain his purity, his sanctity!
Yes, the worse the times are, the more a holy man studies holiness, and prefers holiness, and prizes holiness, and practices holiness.”~Thomas Brooks
“God wants people to get saved, but in His way. Not everybody is called to preach in the main cities of the world. Maybe God will send you to a little town, to those difficult places where it’s hard to get the people to understand the good news. All souls have value for God. Even those who are not called to pastor have an important part in the kingdom of God. We are part of an army, and the one in the battle zone is not only the courageous one in the forefront but also the one in administration, he who prepares the meal, those who are in charge of helping the warriors. All ministries are important. Yours is too.”-Carlos Annacondia
“Be careful you do not offer too much of yourself to a man until you have good, solid evidence that he is a strong man willing to commit. Look at his track record with other women. Is there anything to be concerned about there? If so, bring it up. Also, does he have any close male friends- and what are they like as men? Can he hold down a job? Is he walking with God in a real and intimate way? Is he facing the wounds of his own life, and is he also demonstrating a desire to repent of Adam’s passivity and/ violence? Is he headed somewhere in life? A lot of questions, but your heart is a treasure, and we want you to offer it only to a man who is worthy and ready to handle it well.”~ John& Stasi Eldredge
" God confirms His Word; not our flesh, our desires, or our presumption. He is not concerned to preserve our fleshly pride. He is concerned that we have a good report, that we portray the gospel correctly, that we fulfill His will. But He is not concerned with our popularity. Once we realize this truth, we can release ourselves from a great deal of pressure."~Dr Bill Hamon
"God does not confirm us; He confirms His Word. We must not say, 'I quoted scripture; I took a stand. Now, God, your reputation is at stake; you've got to back me up!' If we do, the Lord will answer, 'Who say? I don't have to save my reputation. My reputation is not at stake; it's not based on anything anybody does. I'm God; I'm eternal; nobody will hurt me."~Dr Bill Hamon
"When the purity of the gospel and people's eternal destiny are at stake, doctrinal error and those who teach it cannot be tolerated. My purpose is not to criticize people's motives but to evaluate their message. We can't be fuzzy or indecisive here because the gospel is clear, and there is so much at stake. The gospel is not an intellectual belief in Jesus or an emotional response to His claims. The gospel is coming to a place in your life where you recognize your desperate need of salvation and your utter lostness as a sinner, you turn from your sin in repentance, and trust Christ's sacrifice on the cross and nothing else for your salvation."~Jack Graham
"Regardless of what we do, how many books we read, or how many university diplomas we obtain, if we never have a practical experience with God, we will never understand the love of the Father or the life of Jesus. I truly desire for you to know firsthand that the kingdom, the power, and the glory of God are not just theological concepts; they can be experienced here and now, in the present. To know Jesus is to bring His reality, His dominion, and His power to earth. That is why we need more than theology; we need experience."~Guillermo Maldonado
"Our hearts are made to worship. It is what we do; we can't help it. Now, worship is one of those words made sickly by religion. We hear 'worship' and we think, She's talking about going to church. Singing hymns. Nope. Worship is far more passionate. Worship is what we give our hearts away to in return for a promise of Life. Some worship fashion; others worship a boyfriend or husband. We really are limitless in what we will give our hearts away to. Movies, food, shopping, gossip, you name it, I've bowed before them all. Jesus is the only one worthy of our heart's devotion."~ Staci Eldredge
"I want to live each day to the maximum, being in the best state of spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional fitness I can possibly achieve. But I also never want to lose sight of something ahead that is far better than anything I can comprehend. I've had some great moments and days in my life, and I hope you have as well. But the best day we will ever have is the day when we meet Christ in heaven."~Jack Graham
"Jesus is the source and secret of our lives. This is true because Jesus gave us life through His death for our sins on the cross and through His ressurection. Jesus is also the source of our strength each day. Only Jesus can give us the joy, peace, and purpose that God's Word promises to us. This is what Paul meant when he said that the secret to his life was Christ. When you know Jesus and you are drawing your strength and joy from Him each day, you are totally alive. Jesus will add years to your life and life to your years."~Jack Graham
"Lord show me what is in my heart, soul, mind, and spirit, and life that shouldn't be there. Teach me what I am not understanding. Convict me where I am missing the mark. Tear down my arrogance, pride, fear, insecurities, and help me to see the truth about myself, my life, and my circumstances. Expose me to myself, Lord. I can take it. Enable me to correct the error of my ways. Help me to replace lies with truth and make changes that last."~Stormie Omartian
"No matter how far off the path you have gotten from the plans God has for you, when you surrender your life to the Lord and declare your utter dependence upon Him, He carves a path from where you are to where you are supposed to be, and He sets you on it. It may take you longer than it would have taken had you been on the right path from the beginning, but if you keep walking closely with God, He will get you where you are supposed to be. Don't ever think it's too late for you."~Stormie Omartian
"The main quality to look for in a close friend is not how attractive, talented, wealthy, smart, influential, clever, or popular they are. It's how much they love and fear God. The person who will do what it takes it takes to live in the perfect will of God is the kind of friend who imparts something of the goodness of the Lord to you every time you are with them."~Stormie Omartian
"You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory- victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory, there is no survival."~ Winston Churchill
"After years of hearing the heart-cry of women, I am convinced beyond a doubt of this: God wants to be loved. He wants to be a priority to someone. How could we have missed this? From cover to cover, from beginning to end, the cry of God's heart is, 'Why won't you choose me?' It is amazing to me how humble, how vulnerable God is on this point. 'You will find me,' says the Lord, 'when you seek me with all your heart.' In other words, 'Look for me, pursue me- I want you to pursue me.' Amazing. As Tozer says, 'God waits to be wanted."~John Eldredge
"A woman in the presence of a good man, a real man, loves being a woman. His strength allows her feminine heart to flourish. His pursuit draws out her beauty. And a man in the presence of a real woman loves being a man. Her beauty arouses him to play the man; it draws out his strength. She inspires him to be a hero."~John Eldredge
"God's will is not going to change. If there has to be any change, it is in our wills. If we each align our wills with the will of God, if we make the purpose of God our purpose in life, we will be as unshakable and undefeatable as the will of God. "He who does the will of God abides forever." The crucial issue for every person is, Are you aligned with God's will? Is God's purpose your purpose?"~Derek Prince
"Today we come across an individual who behaves like an automaton, who does not know or understand himself, and the only person that he knows is the person that he is supposed to be, whose meaningless chatter has replaced communicative speech, whose synthetic smile has replaced genuine laughter, and whose sense of dull despair has taken the place of genuine pain. Two statements may be said concerning this individual. One is that he suffers from defects of spontaneity and individuality which may seem to be incurable. At the same time it may be said of him he does not differ essentially from the millions of the rest of us who walk upon this earth."~Stephen R. Covey
I have a Maker
He Formed My Heart
before even time began
my life was in his hands
He knows my name
he knows my every thought
he sees each tear that falls
and hears me when I call.
“We must avoid promoting a false image of ourselves, because life has a way of eventually bringing our private self to the public stage. Who you truly are will manifest itself somewhere along life’s journey, and it can destroy the image of “you” that others have bought into. Therefore, make sure you won’t mind if who you are in private becomes public. Finally, remember this: Hardly anyone is able to die with his privacy intact.”~Dr Myles Munroe