Seeing Difficulty

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.
The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

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Male Men

“Stop trying to be men. Let’s be women, and let’s let men be men.
Let’s empower them to be men, because I feel like they’re falling away.”
~ Stacey Dash,
Actress, Talk Show Host & Author

Mind on Fire

“I want my children to experience as much creativity as possible;
that’s what sets your mind on fire.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe Award & Black Reel Award

Living Smaller

“Many of us are walking around living smaller lives than we’re meant to live.
Don’t allow yourself to dream smaller than you were meant to dream.”
~ Hill Harper,
Actor, Author, Philanthropist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (3X),
People‘s Sexiest Men Alive” (2X) & Skin Care Entrepreneur (Be The Architect)
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Faith-Walkers

“When you decide to walk by faith, you don’t get rid of trials. You learn to overcome them.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Author (How You Call It Is How It Will Be), Singer, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory
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Changing the Course of Human History

““The fullness of grace can transform the human heart and
enable it to do something so great as to change the course of human history.”
 
~ Pope Francis,
a.k.a. Jorge Mario Bergoglio
266th Pope of the Catholic Church

Bright & Happy Expectations

“If you paint in your mind a picture of
bright and happy expectations,
you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.”

~ Dr. Norman Vincent Peale,
Author & Minister

Never Met a Single One

“I’ve never met a ‘hater’ that had more than me.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Don’t Be Small-Minded

“Only small-minded people get jealous.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor – Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker, Author & Executive Producer

Sitting & Chatting with Jesus

“If you could sit down with Jesus, you wouldn’t need anybody else.
He could answer all of your questions.
Instead of Einstein and Louis Pasteur and Madame Curry,
you could just have Jesus and he could answer for all of them.”
~ Carol Alt,
International Supermodel, Actress, Entrepreneur,
Raw-food Enthusiast, Author, Ride of Fame (2013) & Founder – Raw Essentials
 

Treat Your Body Like a Ferrari

“I run like an electric golf cart. Now I look at eating as a way to feed my body and keep me younger.
It’s not about starving your body, but treating your body like a Ferrari.
You don’t put in the crappiest gas you can find.
You use supreme. In the long term, you’ll run clean.”
~ Carol Alt,
International Supermodel, Actress, Entrepreneur,
Raw-food Enthusiast, Author, Ride of Fame (2013) & Founder – Raw Essentials
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Chasing the High of Instant Gratification

“When we chase the high of instant gratification,
we make choices that for many reasons are irresponsible
and based on poor reasoning . . . or no reasoning at all. ”
~ DeVon Franklin,
TV Producer, Author, Speaker, Spiritual Success Coach & Founder – Franklin Entertainment

The Power of Prayer, Words & Predictions

“I feel the presence of a higher power.
I believe that what you give is what you get.
It’s universal law. I believe in the power of prayer and of words.
I’ve learned that when you predict that negative things will happen, they do.”
~ Alicia Keys
a.k.a. Alicia Augello Cook,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress

Using the Soul

“Soul is just that inner spirit. I use that inner spirit for whatever it is I do.”
~ Gladys Maria Knight,
Singer, Songwriter, Author, Actress, Businesswoman,
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1996), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (1995) & Society of Singers ELLA Award (2007)

A Marriage of Friendship & Passion

“Experts on romance say for a happy marriage there has to be more than a passionate love.
For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other
which, in my book, is a good definition for friendship.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer, Humanitarian & Film Producer

This Blessing is Global

“To hate a nationality,
to hate a location because of its people,
to hate someone
is:
– self-destructive (the acid of hatred is destroying you from the inside out),
– self-cursing (the hatred you’re verbalizing, expressing, acting out, demonstrating and
writing are magnetizing the negativity of the same and worse to happen to you, immediately or later),
– a demonstration of a lack of a measure of intelligence about the Human Family,
and
– a demonstration of a lack of knowledge about The Blessing of Genesis 12:3

~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie

The World Isn’t the Boss

“Why are we letting the world dictate to us:
what we are supposed to have,
how we are supposed to live,
what we’re supposed to believe,
what we can say,
what we can’t say,
what we can talk about,
what we can’t talk about?”
~ Drenda Keesee,
Speaker, Television Host, Entrepreneur, Author,
Co-Founder – Faith Life Now

If He Wasn’t a Good One

“We can’t let who our Earthly father wasn’t
distort the truth of Who our Heavenly Father is.”
~ Jonathan Osteen,
Guitarist, Singer & Speaker

All He Asked You to Do Was Write It

“Don’t worry about who’s going to pay for it.
Don’t worry about who’s going to execute it.
Don’t worry about who’s going to stand in agreement with it.
All He asked you to do was write the vision and then, read it.
Remind yourself of what you said. Remind yourself of where you’re going.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Heavenly: A Third Party Isn’t Necessary

“You don’t need to go to a third party to talk to your Heavenly Father.
You’re as much a child of God as anyone else.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor – Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker, Author & Executive Producer

Letting Pain Push Us Into Purpose

“There’s a great gospel song that says, “Turn your pressure into praise!”
That’s what David and I try to do in our family, let pain push us into purpose.”
~ Tamela Mann,
Actress, Singer, Grammy Award (2017), Dove Award (2X), Stellar Awards (5X) & BET Award (2014)

Life’s Victories & Failures, Joys & Pains

“I’m telling people life is full of ups and downs, victories and failures, joys and pains, good and ugly,
and someday it’s all going to come to something beautiful.
Sometimes we don’t understand. Sometimes it’s to develop us or to focus us.
But it’s all for a reason. … When I look at my life and how far I’ve come,
I have to say it’s a masterpiece. I’m blessed through it all.”
~ Deitrick Haddon,
Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Pastor, Actor & Pianist
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Gaining Power Via the Dependency of Her People

“We must remember that nations that choose socialism suffer the slow and agonizing
death of moral and cultural decay and disintegration. Why?
Because the high priests of socialism who offer the temptations of statist programs and benefits
aren’t seeking the welfare of their people. Socialism at its heart is atheistic and has no moral compass.
Its lifeblood is power—power gained through dependency, and
once dependency is accomplished, socialism becomes the great destroyer!
It destroys:
Wealth
Dignity
Faith
Family
Freedom
We cannot allow our beloved nation to go down the path of totalitarian states.”
~ Frank Wright, PH.D.,
President & CEO – D. James Kennedy Ministries

Trying to Keep Up with Others’ Goals

“People who race against other people always stumble, because you cannot run forward looking sideways.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Resentment is Corrosive

“When we have painful memories from hurting experiences, we may feel justified in holding on to the resentment.
But resentment is corrosive.
It doesn’t affect the person we feel anger toward, it destroys the host.” 
~ Susan L. Taylor,
Editor, Writer & Journalist, Editor-In-Chief – Essence (1981-2000)

Living Your Life Randomly?

“God did not randomly create you.
You should not randomly live your life.
~ Tiphani Montgomery,
Speaker, Social Entrepreneur, Author, Founder – Millions Conference & Co-Founder – The BestSellers Project

Be Perfect at Being You

” Let’s practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate.
If there’s any definition to being perfect, you’re perfect at being yourself.
There are so many great things in life; why dwell on negativity?”
~ Zendaya,
a.k.a. Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman,
Fashion Model, Dancer, Actress, Singer & Author

What Comes Out Our Hearts

“What comes out of our hearts through the words of our mouths
determines what comes to pass in our lives. It’s the absolute truth.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Author (How You Call It Is How It Will Be), Singer, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory

Criminalized for the Lack of Bail

“Money bail is ruining the lives of literally millions of poor people
and costing the country unnecessary billions of dollars
in incarceration costs every year.
Local jail populations grew by 19.8 percent just between 2000 and 2014,
with pretrial detention accounting for 95 percent of that growth. …
… The single feature shared by almost every defendant in pretrial detention is that they are poor.
Rich people make bail; poor people don’t.
Regardless of actual guilt or innocence,
poor people are criminalized for their inability to buy their way out of jail.”
~ Peter Edelman, ,
Lawyer, Policy Maker, Law Professor, Co-Founder – New Israel Fund, Author (Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America),
Former United States–Japan Leadership Program Fellow, Former J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, Co-Founder – Parents United

Pleading GUILTY While Innocent

“The major shortages of judges, prosecutors, and public defenders,
coupled with the number of people being held in jail awaiting trial
has led to a crisis
in which it is not possible
for every defendant who wants a day in court to get one.
So, the courts need a way to keep the trials from taking place.
By imprisoning poor people who cannot put up money for bail,
the system uses the threat or reality of extended imprisonment
to extract guilty pleas, even from people who are innocent
or have other valid defenses.
Not able to get a timely trial, they have only one option – plead guilty.
It is a Hobson’s choice, more so even than many of the defendants realize,
because the guilty please have serious collateral consequences
they may not even be aware of and which stay with them for the rest of their lives.
But, pleading guilty is what they do by the thousands, every day, all over America.”
~ Peter Edelman, ,
Lawyer, Policy Maker, Law Professor, Co-Founder – New Israel Fund, Author (Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America),
Former United States–Japan Leadership Program Fellow, Former J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, Co-Founder – Parents United

Thankful for the Failures

“I thank God for my failures. Maybe not at the time,d but after some reflection.
I never feel like a failure just because something I tried has failed.”
~ Dolly Parton,
Singer-Songwriter, Instrumentalist, Record Producer, Actress, Author,
Businesswoman, Humanitarian, Grammy Awards (8X), Grammy Nominee (46X),
Academy Award Nominee (2X), Country Music Association Awards (10X),
Academy of Country Music Awards (7X), American Music Awards (3X), &
Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award

singer, songwriter, , actress, author, businesswoman, and humanitarian,

Our Abundant Universe

“We live in an abundant universe. Everything we need to take care of ourselves, those things are all around us.
Don’t focus on that economy. Don’t believe that there’s not enough for you.”
~ Susan L. Taylor,
Editor, Writer & Journalist, Editor-In-Chief – Essence (1981-2000)

A Yardstick of Your Success

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success
will be how you treat other people –
your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
~ Barbara Bush,
37th First Lady of the United States (1989-1993), 33rd Second Lady of the United States (1981–1989),
Jefferson Awards Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged Award (1995),
The Miss America Woman of Achievement Award (1997)

True Friends

true friends, pets, cat and dog,
“I’m ready to listen when you’re ready to talk.”

true friends, pets, dog and cat,
“You’re gonna be O.K.”
“The fellowship of true friends who can hear you out,
share your joys, help carry your burdens,
and correctly counsel you is priceless.”
~ Ezra Taft Benson,
Farmer, United States Secretary of Agriculture (1953-1961),
President – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1985-1994),
Boy Scouts of America Awards: Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope
& Silver Buffalo & International Scouting Award Bronze Wolf
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Promoting You & Your Ideas

“When you read the phrase “selling your product or service,”
don’t just think in terms of the product or service your company sells,
but also your individual and intangible personal product or service: you.
And understand that you need to sell you and your ideas in order to
advance your career, gain more respect, and increase your success, influence, and income.”

~ Jay Abraham
Business Executive, Conference Speaker, Author & Founder – Abraham Group

American Independence By, Of, & For the People

 

“Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence.
Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first.
They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change
that delivers a government of, by and for the people.”
~ Donald John Trump,
Businessman, Television Personality, Author,
Real Estate Developer, Founder – Trump Entertainment Resorts &
45th President of the United States (1/20/2017 – )

 

The Last Obstacle Before Success

“A lot of people give up just before they’re about to make it.
You know you never know when that next obstacle is going to be the last one.”
~ Chuck Norris,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, U.S. Air Force Air Policeman, Author, Philanthropist, National Defense Service Medal,
Korea Defense Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Longevity Service & Small Arms Expert Marksmanship
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Becoming Independent of Charity

“Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.”
~ John D. Rockefeller, Sr.,
Business Magnate, Philanthropist,
Founder:
Standard Oil Company,
University of Chicago,
Rockefeller University,
General Education Board
& the
Rockefeller Foundation

Upholding America’s Founding Documents

“If the citizens of the United States are to turn away from the Communist Manifesto
and preserve the purpose of the Declaration of Independence,
the U.S. Constitution, and our Bill of Rights,
we must first thoroughly reexamine and learn about each of them,
and uphold America’s founding documents by testing every political action in light of them.”
~ Chuck Norris,
Actor, Martial Artist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, U.S. Air Force Air Policeman, Author, Philanthropist, National Defense Service Medal,
Korea Defense Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Longevity Service & Small Arms Expert Marksmanship
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Compassion, Friendship & Unity

“When people have compassion, friendship, and unity, they speak and think
in a constructive way to ensure national independence and prosperity.
~ Bhumibol Adulyadej
King of Thailand (June 1946 – October 2016)
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Equal Upon Principle

“I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence,
which declares that all men are equal upon principle,
you begin making exceptions to it,
where will you stop?
If one man says it does not mean a Negro,
why not another say it does not mean some other man?”

~ Abraham Lincoln,
Lawyer & 16th President of the United States

The Irrevocable Decree of Political Separation

“The Declaration of Independence pronounced the irrevocable decree of political separation,
between the United States and their people on the one part,
and the British king, government, and nation on the other.”
~ John Quincy Adams,
Statesman, Diplomat, Lawyer, Diarist, United States President (1825-1829) & United States Secretary of State (1817-1825)
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Independence & Permanent Peace

“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral.
I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results.
Nations have frequently won their independence in battle.
But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Pastor, Activist & Humanitarian

Our Ideal of Freedom & Justice

“The Declaration of Independence was always our vision of who we wanted to be,
our ideal of freedom and justice, how we were going to be different,
and what the American experiment was going to be about.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman,
Children’s Rights Activist, Author, President Emerita & Founder – Children’s Defense Fund, Candace Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women (1982), MacArthur Fellowship (1985), Barnard Medal of Distinction (1985), Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa Bates College (1986), Albert Schweitzer Prize -Humanitarianism (1988), Jefferson Awards – Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (1991), Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award (1992), National Women’s Hall of Fame (1993), Community of Christ International Peace Award (1995), Heinz Award – Human Condition (1996),
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2000), The National Women’s History Project Women’s History Honorees (2004),
Stanford University Rathbun Visiting Fellow (2011)

Independence: A Human Endowment

“Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.
~ Stephen Covey,
Author, Professional Speaker, Professor, Consultant, Businessman & Management Expert
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Being Financially Independent Females

“Financial independence is paramount. My mom always says that when a woman is financially independent,
she has the ability to live life on her own terms. I think that was the soundest advice
that I ever got. No matter where you go in life or who you get married to,
you have to be financially independent – whether you use it or not.
~ Priyanka Chopra,
Actress, Singer, Film Producer, Philanthropist, Founder – Purple Pebble Pictures & Miss World 2000
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Business Mirrors These Goals

“We all like to be unique, we like to be valued, we like to be complimented,
and we like to achieve things, for ourselves, our family, our communities, and our society.
We still must find a way to achieve our goals and desires, to leap as high as we can.
Business, as an expression of human aspiration and achievement, mirrors these same goals.
It is about being great, about achieving something, and sometimes even about changing the world.”
~ Dov Seidman,
Author, Columnist, Businessman & Founder – LRN
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Nothing Has Brought Me More Peace & Contentment

“A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life.
Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.”
~ Frank Abagnale,
Security Consultant, Lecturer, Businessman & Author
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Aiming to Always Progress

“I still have sadness and complicated feelings about my divorce.
But how beneficial is it to keep hanging onto those feelings?
If someone lives through an accident, his aim is to become better and healthy.
My aim is always to progress – to make better decisions and be a better father,
a better boyfriend, a better husband if it happens again.
~ Ryan Phillippe,
Actor
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The Gentleman Dad

“My father… gave me a positive connection with men because he is a gentleman.”
~ Iman
a.k.a Iimaan Maxamed Cabdulmajii,
Fashion Super-Model, Actress,
Ethnic Cosmetics Pioneer & Entrepreneur

Just As Noteworthy

“There’s so much negative imagery of Black fatherhood.
I’ve got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids and​ doing the right thing as a father.
​”How come that’s not as noteworthy?””
~ Will Smith,
a.k.a Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
Actor, Producer, Rapper & Songwriter

Fatherhood: A Journey Gladly Taken

“I had no expectations about fatherhood, really, but it’s definitely a journey I’m glad to be taking.
Number one, it’s a great learning experience. When my mother told me it’s a 24/7 job, she wasn’t kidding.
~ Christopher Meloni,
Actor & Executive Producer
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The Inspiring Dad

“I’ve said it before, but it’s absolutely true:
My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams.
Thanks to him, I could see a future.”
~ Liza Minnelli,
Actress, Singer, Dancer, Choreographer, Philanthropist,
American Theater Hall of Fame inductee, Best Actress Academy Award,
BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, David di Donatello Career Award,
Grammy Award, Grammy Legen Award, Primetime Emmy Award & Tony Award
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The Actions of Others

“If you focus on the actions of others and allow them to constantly upset you,
then you are handing your peace over to them and giving away your power.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Develop What You Already Have

“You don’t have to go out and get skills and talents, but just
develop what you already have and use them within the family of God.”
~ Roosevelt ‘Rosey’ Grier,
Actor, Singer, Minister &
Football Player (New York Giants (1955–1962), Los Angeles Rams (1963–1966), Master of Ceremonies for the Special Olympics (1970-1983),
IBM Watson Award,  B’nai Birth Champion of Youth, National Football League Humanitarian Award & Penn State Alumnus of the Year.

Keeping Their Sex Between the Two

“God says, ‘One woman, one man,’ and everyone says, ‘Oh, that’s old hat, that’s that old Bible stuff,'” ….
“But I’m thinking, well let’s see now. A clean guy – a disease-free guy and a disease-free woman –
they marry and they keep their sex between the two of them.
They’re not going to get chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and syphilis, and AIDS. It’s safe.”
~ Phil Robertson,
Professional Hunter, Businessman, & Reality Television Star

It’s Never Too Late

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do,
and he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'”
~ Michael Jordan,
Professional Basketball Player (1984-2003) & Author

My Greatest Source of Achievement, Pride & Inspiration

“Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration.
Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.”
~ Naveen Jain,
Co-Founder – Moon Express, Founder – Intelius, Talentwise, Bluedot, Infospace & Viome

A Husband, a Father, a Son …

“I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother, an uncle,
a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me, a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing.”
~ Mark Wahlberg,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Model, Rapper, Songwriter, Co-Owner – Wahlburgers,
Co-Founder – Performance Inspired & Founder – Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

My Greatest Achievement

“I would say my greatest achievement in life right now –
my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it –
is to be a wonderful father to my kids.”
~ Bo Jackson,
Baseball and Football Player (1983-1994)
Co-Owner & CEO of Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex,
Co-Owner of The Burr Ridge Bank and Trust;
Heisman Trophy (1985)

What Are You Truly Expecting?

“You cannot separate what you are truly expecting from what will actually happen.
You get what you expect; it works in the negative, but it also works in the positive.”
~ Dr. Jerry Savelle ,
Author, Speaker, Missionary, Evangelist, TV Host, & Co-Founder Pastor – Heritage of Faith Christian Center

Change

“Change is the law of life, and those who look
only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
~ John F. Kennedy,
35th President of the United States (1961-1963)

Remaking God

“Man tries to remake God to conform to his own wishful thinking,
so that he can make himself comfortable in his own sins.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator, Author, Radio Broadcaster – Hour of Decision,
Founder – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
Founder – Christianity Today, Founder – Decision, &
President – Samaritan’s Purse

I Row, Swim, Ski & …

“I row my boat on the river. I swim, ski, walk, lift weights, do yoga and Pilates.
I don’t want to be a weak, sick 90-year-old.”
~ Lynda Carter,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Miss World USA (1972) & Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2018)

Partnering in Prayer

“Having a partner to agree in prayer about things coming up in the new year
brings a whole new level of relationship to the Lord.”
~ Carman,
a.k.a. Carmen Licciardello
Singer, Songwriter, Television Host, Author, Evangelist, GMA Dove Awards (6X), Gospel Music Hall of Fame (2018),
Charisma Magazine “Readers Choice Award”, RIAA Certified Platinum Video: “Revival In The Land”, Ampex Golden Reel Award : “Revival in The Land”
RIAA Certified Gold Recording: “Revival In The Land”, RIAA Certified Gold Recording: “The Champion”,
RIAA Certified Gold Recording: “Carman Live … Radically Saved”, RIAA Certified Gold Video: “Carman Live … Radically Saved”,
Co-Founder “Parable Christian Film Festival” & House of Hope Humanitarian Award (2004)