Friday, August 30, 2013

"We must allow others  the freedom to fail, just as Christ allows us to fail.  This means a person must be given the freedom to act responsibly and godly, or to act selfishly and irresponsibly. It is better to accept another's failure than push them to act responsibly and godly. Again, this is modeled by the Lord, as He waits for us to repent of our selfishness and turn back to Him."
Becky Lynn Black (

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Optimize Your Marriage by Phil and Susy Downer

"Family is the one place where everyone should feel comfortable about expressing doubts and finding support and solace. By sharing only your strengths you build walls. By sharing weaknesses you build bridges. Rather than being a disgrace, this helps create stronger relationships. Powerful relationships with God and your family will enhance your ability to minister to those around you.

I call it the "love cup." Our goal for building relationships is to strengthen ourselves and those we love with peace, joy, and hope.  We want to walk around liked a cup full of Christ. Bump us and instead of cracking up with anger and resentment, we will spill out understanding and reconciliation." Phil Downer, in Optimize Your Marriage.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Quote by Martha Washington

"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.  We carry the seeds of one or the other about with us in our minds, wherever we go."  (Martha Washington in a letter to her friend, Mercy Warren)