The Size of Your Battle

“The size of your battle often times determines the size of your blessing.
So many people have had battle after battle, now get ready for blessing after blessing after blessing.”
~ Taketa Williams,
Pastor & Author
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Victorious Thinking

“Victory starts in your thinking. You can’t think the same way and expect different results.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

The Favor and Blessing on Your Life

“They are jealous of the favor and blessing on your life. Take it as a compliment.
They don’t talk about average people. They talk about exceptional people.
They don’t talk about people that aren’t doing anything.
They talk about people who are taking new ground;
people that are making a difference — people that stand out”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

Better Things

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer, Humanitarian & Film Producer

Take Time for Yourself, Too!

“It’s okay to take time for yourself. We give so much of ourselves to others and
we need to be fueled both physically and mentally.
If we are in balance, it helps us in all our interactions.”
~ Faith Hill,
Singer, Actress & Record Producer

Adversity’s Special Moments

“Sometimes when you have adversity it brings along special moments in life.”
~ Vinny Testaverde,
National Football League (NFL) Quarterback (21 seasons), Heisman Trophy (1986), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987–1992),
Cleveland Browns (1993–1995), Baltimore Ravens (1996–1997), New York Jets (1998–2003), Dallas Cowboys (2004),
New York Jets (2005), New England Patriots (2006), Carolina Panthers (2007), Pro Bowl (1996 & 1998),
Maxwell Award (1986), Davey O’Brien Award (1986), Walter Camp Award (1986), Sporting News Player of the Year (1986),
UPI Player of the Year (1986) & Consensus All-American (1986)

Stay Prepared for Opportunities

“I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it. ”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards recipient (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

One of the Biggest Blessings: Mom & Dad

“One of the greatest titles in the world is parent,
and one of the biggest blessings in the world
is to have parents to call Mom and Dad.”
~ Jim DeMint,
Author, Writer, Politician, United States Senator (2005-2013)
& United States Representative (1999-2005)

If We Would Just Hang on Long Enough

” God has promised to every single one of us that
even in our hardest times,
if we would just hang on long enough,
the blessing will come.”
~ Beth Moore,
Evangelist, Author, Bible Teacher
& Founder – Living Proof Ministries

Experience the Glory

“If we want to know God personally, to relate to Him intimately,
we must be prepared to receive and experience His glory.”
~ Ché Ahn,
Co-Founder & Co-Pastor of HRock Church, Founder – Harvest International Ministry,
Founder – International Chancellor of Wagner Leadership Institute & Writer

In the Quiet Crucible

“It is in the quiet crucible of our personal, private sufferings
that our noblest dreams are born and God’s greatest gifts are given.
And often God gives His greatest gifts in compensation for what we have endured
and what we have been through.
~ Wintley Phipps,
Singer&Author

Seeing What You Do Have

“When you are grateful – when you can see what you have –
you unlock blessings to flow in your life.”

~ Suze Orman,
Author, Financial Advisor,
Motivational Speaker & Television Host

If …, You’ll End Up Having More

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Oprah Gail Winfrey,
Chairwoman & CEO of Harpo Productions,
Chairwoman, CEO & CCO of Oprah Winfrey Network,
Television Host, Producer, Author, Actress & Philanthropist

Don’t Block Your Blessings

“Don’t block your blessings. Don’t let doubt stop you
from getting where you want to be.”
~ Jennifer Hudson,
Singer, Actress, Spokesperson, Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award,
Screen Actors Guild Award , Grammy Award (2x),
Daytime Emmy & Hollywood Walk of Fame (Star)

Nothing in My Life That’s So UGH

“I don’t regret what I’ve been through.
I’ve had ups and downs, super highs and some really low lows.
I’ve been so blessed that I could never say, ‘I wish this didn’t happen.’
It’s part of who I am. There’s nothing in my life that’s so ugh.”
~ Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Actress, Author, Fashion Designer,
Dancer, Producer & Singer

Open Doors You Cannot Imagine!

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“Humility, gentleness, and helpfulness go
so much further and open doors you cannot imagine.”
~ Ann Tran,
Speaker & Luxury Travel Writer

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When We’re in a Certain Season

“‘Seed-time and Harvest’ is God’s covenant law of sowing and reaping.
He will not break His covenant. There are things that God has for you
that don’t open up to you until you are in a certain season.”
~ Bill Winston,
Preacher, Author, Entrepreneur, Founder & Senior Pastor – Living Word Christian Center,
Founder – Joseph Business School, Founder – The Joseph Center®,
Fmr. United States Air Force Fighter Pilot, United States Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross Award,
United States Air Force Air Medal Award, United States Air Force Squadron Top Gun Award
Distinguished Alumni of Tuskegee University Award, Chicago Tuskegee Club Incorporated Heritage Award,
Tuskegee Airmen Chicago DoDo Chapter Award

To Be Ever So Alive

“A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition, but no love is dead.
A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.”
~ Pearl Bailey,
Singer, Actress & Author
Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (1976)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (1988).
Tony Award (1968) & Daytime Emmy Award (1986)

A Spirit of Complaining

“When we feel that old spirit of complaining start to bubble up in our hearts,
we need to remind ourselves to take time to thank God for His blessings.”
~ David Jeremiah,
Author, Founder – Turning Point Radio and Television “Ministries”
& Senior Pastor – Shadow Mountain Community Church

Look at Life in the Best Way You Can

“I think beauty comes from within.
If you’re happy and look at life in the best way you can,
even when there are problems,
it can make you beautiful on the outside.”
~ Faith Hill,
Singer, Actress & Record Producer

As Old As You Think

“Age is just a state of mind,
you are as old as you think you are.
You have to count your blessings and be happy.”
~ Abhishek Bachchan,
Actor, Producer & Singer

Loving, Laughing & Giving


“Another fresh, new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!”
~ William Arthur Ward,
Author, Educator & Motivational Speaker

Precious in the Shade & the Sunshine

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade,
yet in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement
the greater part of life is sunshine.”
~ Thomas Jefferson,
United States Minister to France (May 1785 – September 1789,
1st United States Secretary of State (March 1790 – December 1793)
2nd Vice President of the United States (March 1797 – March 1801)
3rd President of the United States (March 1801 – March 1809)
Founder – University of Virginia

Your Victorious Life

“A victorious life begins in your mind.”
~ Joel Osteen,
Pastor of Lakewood Church, Motivational Speaker & Author

A Grateful Heart

“Your grateful heart opens the door for many more blessings to come.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder, Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

True Desire in The Heart

“Say thank you in advance for what is already yours. …
True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you
sent beforehand that it’s already yours. …
When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up.
Each one, teach one. Don’t just aspire to make a living,
aspire to make a difference.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

Seems Like a Miracle

“I’m now in my 43rd year in this business,
so it seems like a miracle that I still get to do it.
I feel great gratitude that it’s all still happening.”
(2011 TV Guide Interview)
~ A Martinez
a.k.a Adolfo Larrue Martinez III
,
Actor, Singer & Daytime Emmy Award (1990),
ALMA Awards (2000, 2001, 2002)

This Treasure House

“To what greater inspiration and counsel can we turn
than to the imperishable truth to be found
in this treasure house, the Bible?”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch

Expressing Truth & Beauty

“My goal as a creative person is to express truth and beauty in whatever I do.”
~ Tony Bennett a.k.a Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Ageless Creativity

“If you are creative, you get busier as you get older.”
~ Tony Bennett a.k.a Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

He Stuck With

“Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that.
It’s a gift…. I didn’t always stick with Him, but He stuck with me.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards recipient (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

They Make All of It Worthwhile

“… I wanted children who were caring and who are giving.
I’m proud of my children. They make it all worthwhile.”
~ Nancy Wilson,
Singer (Blues, Jazz, Cabaret, Pop & Soul)
Grammy Awards (2007, 2005 1964, 3X)

The Blessed One

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“”Benedetto” means the “blessed one”
and I feel that I have truly been blessed.”
~ Tony Bennett a.k.a Anthony Dominick Benedetto,
Singer, Artist/Painter &
Founder, Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

They Made Things Comfortable & Easy

“There were all kinds of people in my life
that made things comfortable and easy for me.”
~ Nancy Wilson,
Singer (Blues, Jazz, Cabaret, Pop & soul)
Grammy Awards (2007, 2005 1964, 3X)

It’s a Cliche, So True!

“The more you give,
the more you get –
it’s a cliche, but it’s really true.”
~ Christie Brinkley
a.k.a Christie Lee Hudson,

Super-Model, Actress, Artist,
Author & Entrepreneur
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Enjoy the Roses Amidst the Thorns

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“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
~ Abraham Lincoln,
16th President of the United States
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“You and I are strong enough to
not allow the ‘thorns’ of life
to keep us from enjoying life’s ‘roses’.”
~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie,
Blogger, Visual Artist,
Christmas Decor Stylist & Website Design Editor

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Floodgates of Goodness

“I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking
and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together.
And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me-spiritually and financially.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards recipient (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

Our Thoughts & Emotional Currents

“By choosing your thoughts,
… selecting which emotional currents you will release
and which you will reinforce,
you determine the quality of your Light
(You determine the effects that you will have upon others, and
the nature of the experiences of your life.).”
~ Gary Zukav,
Author

Being Treasures-Conscious

“We can only be said to be alive
in those moments
when our hearts are
conscious of our treasures.”
~ Thornton Niven Wilder,
Playwright, Novelist,
& Pulitzer Prize recipient (3X)

Do You Count Your Blessings?

“Gratitude: Counting your blessings
and seeing the beauty in this world
Before, During and Following life’s storms.”
~ Unknown

Unlocking the Fullness of Life

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
~ Melody Beattie,
Author

Wishing Joy

“When you wish someone joy,
you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness…
all the good things.”
~ Maya Angelou,
Poet, Civil Rights Activist, Dancer,
Film Producer, Television Producer, Playwright,
Film Director, Author, Actress, and Professor

Friends, Teachers & Experiences

“I’ve been blessed my whole career, my whole life,
with great friends, great teachers and great experiences;
I’ve done some wonderful things all along the line. But this is truly unbelievable!
So much of it is not just because your peers feel a certain way about you–and that is tremendous–
yet, also because you know how much it means to your family and to your friends,
because we’re all connected. And I honestly feel as though I’m representing all the gypsies. It’s all good stuff.”
~ Chita Rivera a.k.a. Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero,
Actress, Dancer & Singer,
Tony Awards winner (2x),
Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
& Kennedy Center Honors Award recipient

West Side Story-Historical Rehearsal-Original Cast Members
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids’ 19th Annual Gypsy of the Year competition, one of Broadway’s most celebrated Fund Raising events, decided to make tribute to 50 years of West Side Story. They flew, from all over the country, twenty-two (22) cast members of the Original 1957 Production and put together, with young Broadway Gypsies, a historical Opening Number.
This is the rehearsal, at AEA audition auditorium, on 12/16/2007 where the Young Broadway generation performs snipits of the legendary Jerrome Robins Choreography, and the original cast members join to create one of the most moving and thrilling opening numbers of BC/EFA. You will see Ken LeRoy (original Bernardo), Mickey Calin (original Riff) along with all original Jets performing the “Jet Song”, Carol Lawrence (original Maria) performing “I am Prety”, followed by Chita Rivera for their “A Boy like that” duet. Chita Dancers from “A Dancer’s Life” do “the Dance at the Gym” with Chita and … … (click for more details)

 

Once is Enough

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
~ Mary Jane “Mae” West,
Actress, Singer, Playwright & Screenwriter

You’ve Come So Far!

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“Always concentrate on how far you have come,
rather than how far you have left to go.
The difference in how easy it seems will amaze you.”
~ Heidi Johnson,
Author

Use Everything He Gives You

“When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single talent left,
and could say, “I used everything You gave me.”.”
~ Erma Bombeck,
Humorist, Syndicated Columnist, Author & Writer

Emphasize the Positivity

“The trick is in what one emphasizes.
We either make ourselves miserable,
or we make ourselves strong.
The amount of work is the same.
~ Carlos Castaneda,
Anthropologist

The Grace Vehicle

“Grace is the vehicle
God uses, on occasion, to ensure
that we get precisely
what we don’t deserve.”
~ Charles Andrew ‘Andy’ Stanley,
Pastor & Founder of North Point Ministries

Kind Words Echo

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
… their echoes are truly endless. ”

~ Mother Teresa (Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu)
Roman Catholic Religious Sister

Spirituality Suggestions?

If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society,
He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.”
~ Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar,
Author, Salesman, and Motivational Speaker