Words are powerful when arranged as a mantra. I find clarity in “word handles.”

Here are a few wise dictums collected along my journey (listed in no particular order).  Which of these would you rate as a “must remember”? Share your favorite aphorism in the comment section below. (If you can credit any quote, please let me know.)

Pruned if you do, and pruned if you don’t!

It’s not your resources but your resourcefulness that counts.

Proper prior planning prevents poor performance.

Don’t “should” on me!

View obstacles as stepping stones not stumbling blocks.

God doesn’t just take out our trash, He’s into recycling. (Comfort others with the comfort with which you have been comforted.)

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift from God. That’s why they call it the Present!

What’s the worst that could happen?

One should focus more on being interested in listening than on being interesting to listen to. (sorry to end that with a preposition!)

There’s always another option!

What other people think of me is none of my business.

Be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rater version of someone else. (Judy Garland)

Women are like tea bags, we don’t know how strong we are until we’re in hot water. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Put on your big girl panties and deal with it.

There is nothing you can do to make God love you more and there is nothing you can do to make God love you less.

Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t go anywhere until you change it.

Why fit in when you can stand out? (Seth Godin)

Find out what God is doing and join Him. (Henry Blackaby)

Don’t judge people just because they sin differently than you.

The way we talk to our children will become their inner voice.

Turn from your trials and become a victimLearn from your trials and become a victor.

Victimization happens because of the sinful world we live in. Victimhood is an identity that we choose or reject.
If your life is paved with victimhood, it’s your own asphalt.

Dead people don’t hurt.

The problem with a living sacrifice is it keeps crawling off the altar.

I don’t know what my future holds but I do know who holds my future.


Everything happens for a reason but sometimes the reason is you’re stupid and you made bad choices.


Mile by mile it’s a trial. Yard by yard it’s hard. Inch by inch it’s a cinch.


2 Responses

  1. Robin Carlisle
    Robin Carlisle August 7, 2012 at 3:58 am | | Reply

    You left something out… but that often happens when quoting modern Pandas, me thinks.

    For my birthday about 10 years ago, Jonah gave me the sweetest key chain one year, long before Kung Fu or Google Pandas roamed the Earth’s airwaves. It read:

    “Yesterday’s history. Tomorrow’s a mystery. And today is a gift from God. Cherish your present.”

    Oh, Miss Dea! I never imagined that YOU would be leaving the Word of God out of any message. All puns intended, lol!

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