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Glimpses of Heaven

I imagine our first glimpse of Heaven will cause us to gasp in amazement and delight. That first gasp will likely be followed by many more as we continually encounter new sights in that endlessly wonderful place.
-Randy Alcorn

In Heaven, to look into God's eyes will be to see what we've always longed to see: the person who made us for His own good pleasure. Seeing God will be like seeing everything else for the first time.

-Randy Alcorn

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"Envy is one of the great enemies of active spirituality.  It keeps us from loving our neighbours, from functioning with others in community, and from affirming people's unique worth.  It also steals contentment from the heart.  Is there anything or anyone you are envious of?"

-Charles R. Swindoll

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WAIT

When I cannot understand my Father’s leading, And it seems to be but hard and cruel fate, Still I hear that gentle whisper ever pleading, God is working, God is faithful—Only wait.

–A.B. Simpson

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"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time."

-Abraham Lincoln, (1809-1865)

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If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail.

-Winston Churchill, (1874 - 1965)

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"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face...we must do that which we think we cannot."
Eleanor Roosevelt, (1884-1962)

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"The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved."
Helen Keller, (1880-1968)

LIFE QUOTES BY DR. HENRY BRANDT

"The heart of the problem is a problem with the heart."

"You're just a prayer away from a change of heart."

"Finding relief in your problem is fine, but it will not cure the problem."

"My environment can give me relief from sin and tension, only the Lord can cure it."

"You can manage your sin, but that's not repentance."

"If it's sin, that's good news! Sin is the simplest thing in the world to deal with."

"There's no human remedy for sin."

"Jesus wants to give you peace."

"You would think that everyone would leap at the chance to get rid of sin. Not so. They want relief not a cure."

"Your walk with God does not depend on people, places, things or events."

"You don"t have a marriage problem, you have a sin problem."

"I am a victim of my own behavior."

"God's children have a limitless supply of the fruit of the Spirit."

"Biblical counseling is listening to a person long enough until you hear a violation of scripture."

"Anger is inside you, revealed by an outside source."

"What your soul needs is a check up."

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Mercy

"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice."

- Abraham Lincoln

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Life

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure."

- Hellen Keller

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Opportunities

"Great opportunities to help others seldom come,

but small ones surround us every day."    

- Sally Koch

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Time

"We do not remember days,

we remember moments."   

- Cesare Pavese

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Speak Up

"Our lives begin to end

the day we become silent

about things that matter."

- Martin Luther King

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Be Kind

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."

- Philo of Alexandria, a Jewish Philosopher

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Humility

"Humility is perfect quietness of heart, It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble."

- Andrew Murray

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Curiosity

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity."    

- Albert Einstein

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"Have courage for the great sorrows in life, and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace, God is awake."

- Victor Hugo

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Loss

"Loss is like a closed road that forces us to turn around and find another way to our destination. Who knows what we will discover and see along the way."   

- Gerald Sittser

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Defeating Satan

"When Satan reminds us of our past, we should remind him of his future."

- Unknown

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Character

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."    

- Martin Luther King Jr.

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Beauty

"Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful; For beauty is God's handwriting -- a wayside sacrament.

Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, And thank God for it as a cup of His blessing."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"A journey may be long or short,
but it must start at the very spot one finds oneself."

- Jim Stovall

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The Gift of Work

"He who loves his work never labors."

- Jim Stovall

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The Gift of Dreams

"Faith is all that dreamers need
to see into the future."

- Jim Stovall

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The Gift of Gratitude

"In those times we yearn to have more in our lives,
we should dwell on the things we already have.
In doing so, we will often find that our lives
are already full to overflowing."

- Jim Stovall

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The Gift of Learning

"Education is a lifelong journey
whose destination expands as you travel."

- Jim Stovall

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A Voice from the Past

In the end,
a person is only known
by the impact they have on others."

- Jim Stovall

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The Gift of Money

"Money is nothing more than a tool.
It can be a force for good, a force for evil,
or simply idle."

- Jim Stovall

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The Gift of Problems

"Problems may only be avoided by exercising good judgment.
Good judgment may only be gained
by experiencing life's problems."

- Jim Stovall

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The Gift of Laughter

"Laughter is good medicine for the soul.
Our world is desperately in need of more medicine."

- Jim Stovall

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The Gift of Giving

"The only way you can truly get more out of life for yourself
is to give part of yourself away."

- Jim Stovall

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The Gift of a Day

"Life at its essence boils down to one day at a time.
Today is the day!"

- Jim Stovall

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The Ultimate Gift

"In the end, life lived to its fullest
is its own Ultimate Gift."

- Jim Stovall

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Silent Love

"Look into the depths of another's soul and listen,
not only with our ears,
but with our hearts and imagination,
and our silent love."

- Joyce Kanelakos

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Courage

"Keep your fears to yourself,
but share your courage with others."

- Robert Louis Stevenson

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Desire

"One can never consent to creep
when one feels an impulse to soar." 

- Helen Keller

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"Don't be afraid  that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin."  

- Anonymous

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"Life is like riding a bicycle.
You don't fall off
unless you stop peddling."

- Claude D. Pepper

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Thankfulness

"It isn't what you have in your pocket
that makes you thankful,
but what you have in your heart."

- Unknown

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Kindness

"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness,
making everything in its vicinity
freshen into smiles."

- Washington Irving

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Laughter

"Laughter is the sun
that drives winter
from the human face."

- Victor Hugo

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GIVE THE FOLLOWING GIFTS:

"To your enemy -- forgiveness,
To your opponent --.tolerance.
To a friend -- your heart.
To a customer -- service.
To all men -- charity.
To every child -- a good example
To yourself -- respect"

- Unknown

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Forgiveness

"Forgiveness doesn't change history;
it makes living with it easier."

- Unknown

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"Live an honorable life. Then when you get older
and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time."

- Unknown

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"Each new day is a new beginning-
to learn more about ourselves
to care more about others,
to laugh more than we did,
to accomplish more than we thought we could,
and be more than we were before."

- Unknown

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Beauty

"Some people,
no matter how old they get,
never lose their beauty.
They merely move it from their
faces into their heart."

- Martin Buxbaum

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Habits

"It is easier to prevent bad habits
than to break them."

- Benjamin Franklin

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"The last, if not the greatest,
of the human freedoms:
to choose their own attitude
in any given circumstance."

- Bruno Bettelheim

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Humility

"Humility is perfect quietness of heart.
I It is to expect nothing,
to wonder at nothing that is done to me,
to feel nothing done against me.
It is to be at rest when nobody praises me,
and when I am blamed or despised.
It is to have a blessed home in the Lord,
where I can go in and shut the door,
and kneel to my Father in secret,
and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness,
when all around and above is trouble."

- Andrew Murray

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"Forgiveness does not change the past,
but it does enlarge the future."

- Paul Boese

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"To know what people really think,
pay regard to what they do,
rather than what they say."

- Rene Descartes

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"It is easier to go down a hill than up,
but the view is from the top."

- Arnold Bennett

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"I have always found
that mercy bears richer fruits
than strict justice."

- Abraham Lincoln

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Insight

"A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience."

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The Persian Proverb

He who knows not,
And knows not that he knows not,
Is a fool, shun him.

He who knows not,
And knows that he knows not,
Is a child, teach him.

He who knows,
And knows not that he knows,
Is asleep, wake him.

He who knows,
And knows that he knows,
Is wise, follow him.

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Journeys

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Courage

"Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees."

- Williard Marriott

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Clarity

"In this world, there is no clarity. There is only love and action."

- Mother Teresa

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The Doer

"It is time for us to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever, the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it."

- Vince Lombardi

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Imagination

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Imagination is what we could be."

- Albert Einstein

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Motivation

"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent."

- Norman R. Augustine

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Advice

"Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind."

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Love

"Love sought is good, but given unsought is better."

- William Shakespeare

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Greatness

"Greatness is not so much a certain size as a certain quality in your life."

- Phillip Brooks

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Gratitude

"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul."

- Henry Ward Beecher

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Change

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

- Anne Frank

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Perseverance

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."

- John Quincy Adams

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Truth

"Man will occasionally stumble over the truth,

but most of the time he will pick himself up

and continue on."

- Winston Churchill

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Patience

Patience is the companion of wisdom."

- Saint Augustine

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Time

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. The longer I live the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world."

- John Burroughs

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Happiness

"Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks."

- Samuel Johnson

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"Forgiveness is the most powerful thing you can do for yourself. If you can't learn to forgive, You can forget about achieving true success in your life."

- Dr. Dyer

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"If I can stop one heart
From breaking,
I shall not live in vain."

- Emily Dickinson

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"A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds."

- Unknown

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"No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he had only had good intentions."

- Margaret Thatcher

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"I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage."

- Erma Bombeck

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"The richness of the human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome."

- Helen Keller

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"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies, for the hardest victory is victory over self."

- Aristotle

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"The greatest of all miracles is that we need not be tomorrow what we are today, but we can improve if we make use of the potential implanted in us by God."

- Rabbi Samuel M. Silver

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"We teach what we know, but we reproduce what we are."

- John Maxwell

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"If you play it safe in life, you've decided that you don't want to grow anymore."

- Shirley Hufstedler

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"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved."

- Barbara Johnson

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"What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God."

- Louis Nizer

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"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its strength."

- A. J. Crown

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"Ultimately you are doing what you do for one of two reasons: to serve oneself or to serve God."

- Unknown

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"There is enough time in every day to do God's work... In God's way."

- Dr. Ted W. Engstrom

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"Dedication is doing the 'BEST' with your life rather than settling for what is only the 'good'."

- Unknown

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"God is looking for ordinary people empowered by Him to do extraordinary things!"

- Unknown

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The Gift of Friends

"It is a wealthy person, indeed,
who calculates riches not in gold
but in friends."

- Jim Stovall

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HOLINESS

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“How little people know who think that holiness
is dull... When one meets the real thing,
it’s irresistible!”

- C.S. Lewis

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The Gift of Family

"Some people are born into wonderful families.
Others have to find or create them.
Being a member of a family is a priceless membership
that we pay nothing for but love."

- Jim Stovall

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TWO KEYS TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE - A great article on a happy family

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"Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home."

- C.S.Lewis

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“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.”  

- Corrie Ten Boom

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God loves you and wants to show you His Love

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"If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things.  It is we, of course, to whom things look 'little' or 'big'."

- Elisabeth Elliot

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"Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies."

- Margaret Stunt

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AN ABUSE SURVIVOR: SHE CHOSE TO FORGIVE

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“When one door closes, another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”

- Alexander Graham Bell

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"It is possible to be happy without having perfect health... Thank goodness my happiness doesn't come from my joints, but from my heart."

- Beverly LaHaye

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"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."

- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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“Be happy when you are blamed and accused wrongly, for then you have the chance to see all the bitter, hostile or self-pitying responses that your sinful soul wants to spew out – as if these puny things could in any way defend you! Watch and see if any of these poisons come out of you when your spirit is pricked by an accusation. Only then can you see yourself as you are, and confess thy sin that is within you and forsake yourself again into the Lord’s care.”

- Teresa of Avila (Majestic is Your Name)

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Opportunity

"Each day is a brand new opportunity to be Jesus to the world."

- R. Falcon (Better Tomorrows)

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Character

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved."

- Helen Keller (1880-1968)

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DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE SPECIAL?

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Forgiveness

"Forgiveness is the fragrance the flower leaves on the heel of the one who crushed it."

- David Jeremiah

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Re: People Embracing Material Things

"These were people so hungry for love that they were accepting substitutes.   There were embracing material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works. You can't substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship. 

Money is no substitute for tenderness, and power is not a substitute for tenderness. I can tell you as I'm sitting here dying, when you most need it, neither money nor power will give you the feeling you're looking for, no matter how much of them you have." 

- Morrie (Tuesdays with Morrie)

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Choices

"What are your choices? Whom are your choices for? Not just for yourself.  Chose now whom you will serve, and that choice is going to affect the next generation, and the next generation, and the next. Choice never affects just one person alone.  It goes on and on and the effect goes out into geography and history. You are part of history and your choices become part of history."

- Edith Schaeffer 

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Love

"People need loving the most when they deserve it the least."

- John Harrison

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Until We Meet Again

"Though this life may be gone in a week or today, you will forever be alive in the hearts of those who love you and will live forever in heaven until we see each other again in the presence of our Holy God and Savior Jesus."

- Kodee Williams

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Your Face

"If you live close to God
and His infinite grace,
you don't have to tell;
it shows on your face."

- Anonymous

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Consequences

"Remember, you may choose your sin, but you cannot chose the consequences."

- Jenny Sanford

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Humor

"Humor is to life what shock absorbers are to automobiles."

- Stan Toler

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Relying on God

"Relying on God has to start all over everyday, as if nothing has yet been done."

- C. S. Lewis

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Potential

"Continuous effort -- not strength nor intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential."

- Winston Churchill

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Enjoy

"God will one day hold us each accountable for all the things He created for us to enjoy, but we refused to do."

- Rabbanic Saying

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Attitude

"What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity."

- J. Sidlow Baxter

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"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence.
You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves."

- Abraham Lincoln

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Peace of Mind

"Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands."

- Elisabeth Elliot

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Loneliness

"The soul hardly ever realizes it, but whether he is a believer or not, his loneliness is really a homesickness for God."

- Hubert van Zeller

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Fretting

"Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way."

- Oswald Chambers

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Gratitude

"Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic. This is a most searching and true diagnosis. Gratitude can be a vaccine that can prevent the invasion of a disgruntled attitude. As antitoxins prevent the disastrous effects of certain poisons and diseases, thanksgiving destroys the poison of faultfinding and grumbling. When trouble has smitten us, a spirit of thanksgiving is a soothing antiseptic."

- John Henry Jowett

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Heart

"The best and most beautiful things in this world
cannot be seen or even heard,
but must be felt with the heart."

- Helen Keller

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Your Words

"Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade before the public."

- George Crane

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What You Believe

"You can live opposite of what you profess,
but you cannot live opposite of what you believe."

- Dallas Willard

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Kindness

"Kind words can be short
and easy to speak,
but their echoes
are truly endless."

- Mother Teresa

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Failure

"Failure is not an event, but rather a judgment about an event. Failure is not something that happens to us or a label we attach to things. It is a way we think about outcomes."

- John Ortberg

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Character Matters

"What afflicts us is a corruption of the heart, a turning away in the soul.  Our aspirations, our affections, and our desires are turned toward the wrong things. And only when we turn them toward the right things -- toward enduring, noble, spiritual things -- will things get better."

- John Buchanan

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"Wherever you are, be all there."

- Jim Elliot

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Courage

"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'"    

- Mary Anne Radmacher

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Legacy

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."    

- Pericles

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The Future

"Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear."    

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Respect

"That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong."

- William J. H. Boetcker


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