Sometimes when you've had a long series of disappointing things happen, you can get into the very bad habit of just expecting more of what you've already had.
If selfishness is the key to being miserable, then selflessness must be the key to being happy!
I wonder how many times people give up just before a breakthrough -- when they are on the very brink of success.
When you become a Christian, something truly amazing happens: God comes to live inside your heart. You become the home of God.
If your inner life is not producing what you would like on the outside, don't be discouraged... just be willing to change.
A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.
Your emotions are very unstable and should never be the foundation for direction in your life.
God doesn't do things halfway. He goes all out! When God does something, it's not just barely enough, mediocre or lukewarm.
The flesh, or human nature, is generally lazy and self-centered.
We live in a time-crunched world, and just about everything we do seems to be urgent.
Humility is not something that comes naturally. But it is a cardinal virtue that should be pursued more than any other.
Jesus never mistreated anyone just because they mistreated Him. He confronted them in a spirit of gentleness and then continued to love them.
God wants to use you to make other people happy! And the happier you make others, the happier you will be because you reap what you sow.
Nobody likes to have trouble. The moment we get a hint that it's coming, a common response is, 'Oh no! Not again!'
Integrity means that you are the same in public as you are in private.
Don't judge other people. For example, if you want God's anointing to be on you for parenting, you need to be careful not to criticize other parents.
There's no happier person than a truly thankful, content person.
God's mercy is fresh and new every morning.
Patience is not simply the ability to wait -- it's how we behave while we're waiting.
Patience is not just about waiting for something... it's about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.
I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.
I consider wisdom supernatural because it isn't taught by men -- it's a gift from God.
One might say that our words are a movie screen that reveals what we have been thinking and the attitudes we have.
Giving is just one way of expressing that God has been good to you and will continue to do so through your being good to others.
Sometimes if you got a problem deep rooted in your life, it takes a little bit of time to overcome it in that area.
Reproach is shame, blame, disgrace, disapproval and a disrespectful attitude toward yourself. When you're under reproach, your behavior shows it.
A lot of people don't enjoy their jobs, and it's one of the main things we like to complain about.
It's just human nature to try and figure things out. So, when we're in the midst of a situation, we usually try to reason our way through it.
The last thing the devil wants you to do is be an obedient Christian.
People who pity themselves think, 'Why would I try to do anything? I'll just fail.'
Jesus didn't die for us so we could pretend to be something we're not.
Life isn't fair, but God is.
I believe we live in a love-starved society. Everywhere you go there are probably people who haven't had the right kind of love in their lives.
Why is it that although it takes us years to get into our messes, we expect God to get us out of them in a few days?
God is a great God! I want to encourage you to expect great things from Him.
I like to work and am a focused person.
Everything is subject to change except God Himself.
Real life is the life that's in you, not your circumstances, like where you live or what job you have or who you're in relationship with.
Fear is a spirit that produces a feeling.
If you know how to worry, you know how to meditate. It means to think of something over and over.
Whether we're happy with our circumstances or not, giving God praise is so important.
Not everyone loves me, but I have to be okay no matter what they think about me.
It seems like a lot of people seek their peace in things. And most of us are not even satisfied with the things we have... we always want more.
Sometimes you must suffer through something to defeat your fear of it.
Things in themselves have no life in them. A car can't comfort or encourage you. A house means nothing if there's no life and love inside.
All of our problems start in our minds.
The truth is, if we don't learn to submit to authority, we won't ever learn to submit to God.
My father was a mean, controlling and manipulative person for most of his life. He was unpredictable and unstable.
My father was a mean, controlling and manipulative person for most of his life. He was unpredictable and unstable. As a result, the atmosphere of our home was super-charged with fear because you never knew if what you did would make him mad or not.
It's certainly not wrong to want to be a better person. God gave us that desire.
The great quest of life has always been to discover truth.
Whatever is making you so angry, it's time for you to give it to God and get over it.
What's real freedom? Real freedom is being able to not have my way and still be just as happy as if I did.
God's first line of defense -- and offense -- for every situation is prayer.
Choosing an attitude of faith will release peace out of your spirit and into your soul.
Forgiveness is not a one-time thing that happened the day you received Christ. It is an everyday thing, for the rest of your life.
The Israelites' slavery in Egypt is the equivalent of our slavery to sin. God sent Moses to deliver them from bondage, and He sent Jesus Christ to set us free.
It's amazing to me the number of people who will volunteer to help at church but won't lift a finger to help at home!
Refuse to be a lazy Christian, and resist a passive, apathetic attitude.
I don't think even ungodly people realize what a society would be like that had no godly influence at all.
Your joy comes from how you think, the choices that we make in life.
I pray while driving. I pray while working, and while relaxing.
I spent most of the early years of my walk with God focused on what was wrong with me. Most of us probably do that, hoping to change ourselves.