To laugh much and often;
To win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of little children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a bit better,
Whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or
a redeemed social condition; to know even one
life has breathed easier because you lived.
This is to have succeeded.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Father, I thank you for my children.
You have given them to me to love, care for, and raise
for Your purposes.
Grant me the grace to love each of them the way you
want me to love them.
Grant me the faithfulness to take care of their needs.
Grant me the wisdom to lead them to Your plans for
Grant me a deep joy for being their mother. Amen.
If God is the captain of our fate, our boat may rock, but it will never sink.
The best thing you can spend on your children is time.
An important part of praying is a willingness to become part of the answer.
Wisdom is the reward you get for as lifetime of listening when you would have preferred to talk.
Before you flare up at another's faults, take time to count ten of your own.
A ship is safe in the harbor, but that isn’t what ships are built for.
There are three kinds of people:
Those who make things happen. Those who watch things happen and those who say,“What happened?”
If you have tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you tried to do nothing and succeeded.
Giant oak trees started out as little nuts that held their ground.
Not everything that is faced can be changed,but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
The difficultys of life are intended to make us better, not bitter.
It is never too soon to be kind, for we never know how soon it will be too late.
• A kind mouth multiplies friends, and gracious lips prompt friendly greetings.
• Faithful friend is sturdy shelter; he who finds one is a treasure.
• A faithful friend is beyond price, No sum can balance his worth.
• A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds; for he who fears and reverences God behaves accordingly, and his friends will be like him.
“The years at the spring,
And days at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snails on the thorn;
God’s in his Heaven---
All’s right with the world!”
“The Year’s at the Spring”
Lord, Thank you for the gift of HOPE
You gave us on Easter morning.
Because of you we know
That no problem is too difficult
And even death does not have power over us.
Thank you for the gift of JOY
You gave us when you were resurrected.
Because of you we know
That no matter how challenging life may be,
In the end we will rejoice again.
Thank you for this gift of LOVE.
To a towering size with lovely hue it grew.
Its branches were strong and interwoven
And for Christ's cross its timbers were chosen.
Being distressed at the use of this wood,
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
"Not ever again shall the dogwood grow
To be large enough for such a tree, and so
Slender and twisted it shall always be
With cross-shaped blossoms for all to see.
The petals shall have bloodstains marked in brown.
All who see it think of Me,
Nailed to a cross from the dogwood tree.
Protected and cherished this tree shall be
A reflection to all of my agony."