• The best time to plant a shade tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.
  • Rain can ruin your weekend or rain can spare your life, depending on who you are and what your thirst is like. 
  • Find something you love to do so much, you can't wait for the sun to rise to do it all over again.
  • The difference between what you try to achieve and what you actually accomplish is development.
  • Victory loves preparation.
  • Don't let the time it takes to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway.
  • Present choices determine future consequences.
  • Learn from your mistakes.
  • Being wrong is no big deal. Staying wrong is.
  • You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
  • Expect criticism. To live long in the earth is to be well acquainted with heartbreak and grief.
  • We will need to learn to navigate through disappointment, loss, criticism and betrayal.
  • We don't let people who do wrong cause us to lose our peace.
  • You can't swim other people's races for them.
  • Be slow to speak. Your troubles will be less.
  • Give yourself permission to relax and be happy.
  • Make friends with yourself and learn to enjoy your own company.
  • The only common denominator I can find in all of my problems is me.
  • The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool.
  • Be the person that you want others to be. Improve yourself.
  • Any area of my life for which I have no hope, is under the influence of a lie.
  • The troubles of this life will melt me, but I get to choose which mold I am poured into.
  • Thankfulness is the #1 virtue that can change a person's life.
  • Happiness and thankfulness are both decided ahead.
  • The flip side of sorrow is joy.
  • You can have perfect eyesight and still not see the beauty of your lifetime.
  • You are not insignificant. Of course, if you think you are, it will be as if it were true.
  • As a person thinks in his heart, so is he.
  • I've seen slaves on horseback, while princes go about on foot like slaves.
  • I've done some amazing things while pretending to be a man that could do amazing things. 
  • Both hope and hopelessness are contagious.
  • Some people have to discover hope before they can find faith.
  • Doubts must precede assurance, for uncertainties are what we first see.
  • The tongue of the wise brings healing.
  • Continue to plant kind, encouraging words and nurture them with a smile and a prayer.
  • I can be sad about a few crummy, temporary things. Or I can be happy about a few permanent, eternal things. 
  • A lifetime goes by faster than you think.
  • God never intended for me to be filled with anxiety.
  • More significant than any title or position, is the simple fact that you are a child of the most high God.
  • The reality of God's presence with you, now and forevermore, outshines any fantasy you could ever imagine.
  • Believers have an incredible, tremendous inheritance.
  • He who believes in me shall live, even though he dies. --Jesus Christ
  • God is a good father, that's who He is. I'm the one who is thankful. That's who I am.
  • Faith is the result of surrender, not determination.
  • There are things which must be done in faith, or else they never have being.
  • God's kingdom is not about earning and deserving. It's about believing and receiving.
  • In the spacious love of God, our souls can find rest. This love from him is not something we must struggle for, earn, or fear to lose. It is given to us freely.
  • The Bible says God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
  • God loves you even when you don't like yourself.
  • God not only loves me, He actually likes me. It's a little harder to believe, but true.
  • God is wiser and kinder than the nicest person you know. He's trustworthy.
  • If you are a kind, merciful, forgiving brother, sister, husband, wife, dad, mom, neighbor or co-worker, then you are doing better than you know.
  • When we love God, we will love what He loves and care about what He cares about; and God cares about people.
  • Wherever God has a son, I have a brother.
  • If I can forgive wrongs against me, God can then forgive me.
  • If you know Jesus, there is a gold mine of peace deep within you, waiting to be tapped.
  • The more fully I trust Jesus, the more my heart can leap for joy.
  • Come unto me, all who are weary and troubled, and I will give you rest. --Jesus, The Prince of Peace
  • The peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds, in Christ Jesus.
  • Great will be the peace of your children, says the Lord.
  • I only have authority over the storm I can sleep in.
  • Humility is quietness of heart. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me and when I am blamed or despised. It is being at peace when all around is trouble.
  • Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It's thinking about yourself less.
  • In your patience possess ye your souls.
  • The outward man fades away, while the inner man is brand new every day.
  • Everything will get evened up some day. The first will be last and the last will be first.
  • It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells which kind of life you have lived.
  • Take time for reflection. God may have more dreams and more plans for you.
  • God isn't going to leave me -- not ever. I am his forever.
  • God isn't mad at you nor me. His mercies are new every morning.
  • My wrongdoing is inexcusable, but not unforgivable.
  • There is a difference between believing in God and believing what He said about me.
  • I can choose to talk about my problem or the promise.
  • It's not helpful for me to have thoughts about myself, that God does not have about me.
  • Even though I have faults, God is for me, not against me.
  • I don't have to be perfect or heroic, I do need to lean the right direction.
  • God's word to me is "only believe." Don't lean to my own understanding. 
  • We are believers, not under-standers.
  • I won't have the peace that is beyond understanding until I give up the need to understand.
  • We walk by faith, not by sight.
  • We do not look at things which are seen, but at things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 
  • Nothing is impossible with God. He is way bigger than my problems.
  • It's not appropriate for me to be worried or downcast. Even though I'm not, God is faithful.
  • Freedom happens when I become fully convinced of God's goodness, and his true love for me, individually. 
  • Be exceedingly happy, for your reward in heaven is great, absolutely inexhaustible.
  • The good news is God loves us unconditionally.
  • The good news is God's grace is always greater than our sin.
  • The good news is God will never give up on us no matter how many times we lose our way.
  • The good news is we are the children of God by faith in Jesus.
  • Jesus death on the cross was sufficient to pay for all my sins.
  • You are forgiven, talented, creative, focused, confident, secure, prepared, qualified, motivated, valuable, determined, equipped, empowered, accepted and approved. Not average, not mediocre, you are a child of the most high God!
  • If Jesus had a catch phrase it would be "Only Believe."

You have an incredible, tremendous inheritance. God loved the people of the earth so much, that He gave his only son, so that we could have everlasting life. Through Jesus death on the cross, we can have peace with God.

Our God does not offer forgiveness and peace to only good people. He welcomes the undeserving. He does for his children what they cannot do for themselves.

No matter what kind of mess you have made of your life, God still loves you. Even if you are sure you have nothing to offer Him, God still wants you. Faith in yourself is not a requirement for salvation; only faith in Jesus Christ. If you can pray, "Lord remember me ..." as the criminal dying on the cross beside Jesus did, Jesus will forgive your sins and save your soul. 

My salvation does not depend upon me living a sinless life, but on the finished work of Jesus. The Bible says ... "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves."

The Bible says ... "God does not treat us as our sins deserve, nor repay us according to our wrongdoing."

The Bible says ... "Jesus Christ suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God."

Jesus said ...  "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and feast with him, and he with me."

The Bible says ... "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name."

The Bible says ..."If you say that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

The Bible says ... "whoever calls on the name of The Lord shall be saved."

The Bible also says ..."Since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us."  

"Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life."

"I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, so that you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises."

"For to me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you. Though the mountains may be removed and the hills may be shaken, my loving devotion will not depart from you, and my covenant of peace will not be broken," says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

The Lord says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness."


1.  You are the product of your genetic code, hardwired to behave in certain ways.
2.  You are the product of your environment, the sum total of your influences. 
3.  You are the product of your choices. It is your preferences, not your surroundings, that define you.

Each of these ideas is true, but not to the exclusion of the other two.

You don't get to choose your DNA.
You don't get to choose how you spend your early childhood years.
You do get to choose what you do next.

Make your dreams bigger than your memories.

What next?

A simple Welsh monk named Geoffrey ... hoping to instill in his countrymen a sense of pride ... assembled a history of England that gave his people a glorious pedigree. Published in 1136, Geoffrey’s “History of the Kings of Britain” was a detailed, written account of the deeds of the English people for each of the 17 centuries prior to 689 AD. And not a single word of it was true.

Yet in creating Merlyn, Guinevere, Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table, Geoffrey of Monmouth convinced a dreary little island full of ordinary villagers to see themselves as a wise and powerful, magnificent nation.

And not long after they began to see themselves that way in their minds, they began seeing the reality of it in the mirror.

When I said Geoffrey told his countrymen a story, “and not one word of it was true,” I should have said, “not one word of it was true YET.” Geoffrey of Monmouth spoke a future truth about his countrymen because he saw something they did not see. He saw the greatness that was within them. So he called it out.

Geoffrey was not a flatterer. He was an encourager.

Encouragement causes you to see yourself differently. Embrace it, and you can become in reality that different person you saw in your mind.

Make your dreams bigger than your memories.