The real test in golf and in life is not in keeping out of the rough, but in getting out after we are in.

Like airplanes and kites, God designed us to rise against opposing winds. — Ray Cross

When circumstances are trying, try.

Prosperity begets friends; adversity proves them.

Some people don’t put their best foot forward until they get the other one into hot water.

It is a well-known fact of the concentration camps that those who had strong religious and moral convictions managed life much better than the rest. — Philip Yancey

When clouds of trouble put a tear in your eye,

God stands ready to put a rainbow in your heart.

Those who see God’s hand in everything can best leave everything in God’s hand.

Remember, the devil can wall you around, but he can’t roof you in. — Taylor

Don’t be afraid of affliction; a kit rises against the wind.

Suffering never stops at suffering: it comes out either as bitterness or as wisdom, tenderness, refinement and enhanced sympathy. — Ray Cross

Affliction comes to all of us not to impoverish, but to enrich us, as the plow enriches the field; to multiply our joy, as the seed, by planting, is multiplied a thousand fold. — H.W. Beecher

A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.

He who runs from problems, runs to problems. — Ray Cross

When you’re at the bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up. Not so. You can go sideways, wallowing in the trough. — Ray Cross

Where the sun always shines there’s a dessert below.

It takes a little rain to make the flower of life grow. — Ray Cross

It is usually not so much the greatness of our troubles, but the littleness of our spirit which makes us complain. — Jeremy Taylor

Skilful mariners sail by all winds, and we ought to make progress through all circumstances.

Affliction comes to all not to make us sad, but sober. — H.W. Beecher

Affliction comes to all not to make us despondent, but its darkness to refresh us, as the night refreshes the day. — H.W. Beecher

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. — Edmund Burke

New trials will bring new grace and prove the value of old promises. — Spurgeon

Occasional actions and deeds done under pressure are no evidence of a man’s condition one way or another. — Spurgeon

We never know what strength is till our own weakness drives us to trust omnipotence. — Spurgeon

Getting you into hot water is often God’s way of keeping you clean.

God never wastes a furrow; He plows in your life in order to produce fruit from your life.

In the day of prosperity we have many refuges to resort to; in the day of adversity, only One. — Horatius Bonar

To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own. — Abraham Lincoln

Faith is where you put your trust at the point of crisis.

There is nothing like the high tide of trial to test our spiritual stature.

When God puts a tear in your eye it is because He wants to put a rainbow in your heart.

We do not stumble over mountains, but over molehills.

Great faith is the product of great fights.

Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests.

Great triumphs are the outcome of great trials. — Smith Wigglesworth

It isn’t the mountains ahead that wear you out. It’s the grain of sand in your shoe.

If you learn to laugh at your troubles, you will surely never run out of something to laugh at.

The door to the room of success always swings on the hinges of opposition. — Bob Jones Sr.

God had one Son on earth without sin, never one without suffering. — Augustine

He who will not pray when the sun shines, will not know how to pray when the clouds come.

Misfortunes one can endure — they come from outside; they are accidents. But to suffer for one’s own faults — ah, there is the sting of life. — Oscar Wilde

This world that we live in is mighty hard to beat;

We get a thorn with every rose — but ain’t the roses sweet? — Frank Stanton

Even those who live on the level may have many ups and downs.

The person who succeeds learns to carve stumbling blocks into stepping stones. — Ray Cross

Obstacles are placed in our way to determine whether we truly wanted something or just thought we did. — Carl Cambridge

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. — CS Lewis

You may suffer without sinning, but you cannot sin without suffering.

A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.

Those who have suffered much are like those who know many languages; they have learned to understand and be understood by all. — Anne Swetchine

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change what I can. Wisdom to know the difference. — St. Francis of Assissi

Even though you can’t control your circumstances, you can control your attitude.

We may face situations beyond our reserves, but never beyond God’s resources.

When you put your cares in God’s hands, He puts His peace in your heart.

Why are you cast down, O my soul? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him. (Psalm 42:5)


People are like tea bags — put them in hot water and your find out what their like.

You do not learn from your mistakes; you learn from your corrections.

Tough times never last, but tough people do. — Robert Schuller

Turn your millstone into a milestone.

There is not necessarily a solution to every problem, however, every problem can be managed positively. — Robert Schuller

Success doesn’t eliminate problems, it creates new ones. — Robert Schuller

Nobody is free from problems. A problem-free life is an illusion — a mirage in the desert. It is a dangerously deceptive perception, which can mislead, blind and distract. — Robert Schuller

You can turn your pain into profanity — or into poetry. — Robert Schuller

Never let a problem become an excuse. — Robert Schuller

Your reaction to the problem is the last word! That’s the bottom line. What will you let this problem do to you? — Robert Schuller

If you don’t have a problem to solve, you have a decision to make.

There is something wrong with every good idea. — Robert Schuller

When faced with a mountain, I will not quit! I will keep on striving until I climb over, find a pass through, tunnel underneath — or simply stay and turn the mountain into a gold mine, with Gods help! — Robert Schuller

A supersuccessful person has very few resources, except the capacity to take an idea and marshal stronger and smarter people around him to pull it off. — Robert Schuller

When a person begins to grow, the obstacles get bigger and better. But there’s excitement and progress in struggle — and life gets easier only when you’re coasting downhill. — Charles T. Jones

Capitalize on your heartaches and misery or you’ll miss the best in life. Make the things that go wrong a part of your plan, and you will be far ahead of where you were when you we waiting for something to happen your way. — Charles T. Jones

Every adventure creates its own particular and peculiar set of difficulties. You can protect yourself from problems by living a cautious life, but you may die of boredom. — Robert Schuller

The size of the problems will be in direct proportion to the size of the dream. — Robert Schuller

Don’t let your problems upset you — let the point you to something bigger and better. — Robert Schuller

Every adversity hides a possibility. — Robert Schuller

What you do with your problem is more important than what your problem does to you. — Robert Schuller

Profit from your problems, capitalize on your crises, and draw dividends from your difficulties. — Robert Schuller

When life hands you problems, put your problems in Gods hands.

When problems get you down, look up.

The Bible will tell you what is wrong before you have done it. — D.L. Moody

A sensible man watches for problems ahead and prepares to meet them. The simpleton never looks and suffers the consequences. (Proverbs 27:12 LB)

A good man may be bothered by trouble seven times, but he does not give up. (Proverbs 24:16 NCV)

A greedy person causes trouble. (Proverbs 28:25 NCV)

Adversity tests our stability; prosperity our integrity.

Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. — William Ward

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning. — James Lowell

To test the strength of its anchor a ship must undergo the stress of the storm.

Events are less important than our responses to them. — John Hersey

If your trouble is of long standing, try kneeling.

Self-pity is the one attention-getter that soon wears out the other person’s attention. — Charles Swindoll

Shared joy is a double joy. Shared sorrow is half a sorrow. — Swedish motto

Don’t bear trouble, use it. — E. Stanley. Jones

If life kicks me, and it is bound to kick me, then I shall determine the direction — I shall make it kick me forward! — E. Stan;ey Jones

All great discoveries are a reduction from complexity to simplicity.

Don’t just bear opposition and difficulties — use them. — Ray Cross

Make things make you even when they are intended to destroy you. — Ray Cross

In this world, we either discipline ourselves, or we are disciplined by the world. I prefer to discipline myself. — Dick Campbell

If you lose, learn. — David J. Schwartz

A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience. — David J. Schwartz

Many people become so accustomed to themselves that they fail to see ways for improvement. — David J. Schwartz

Salvage something from every setback. — David J. Schwartz

Great pressure does not change a person, it only brings out what he is.

Be patient when trouble comes. (Romans 12:12 NCV)

Don’t fix the blame, fix the problem.

By self-pity you create your own personal hell on earth. — Ray Cross

Make every obstacle an opportunity. — Ray Cross

There is no crown without thorns.

Drastic situations demand divine solutions.

Keep your face toward the Son and the shadows will fall behind.

Troublesome people are in trouble.

Discover advantages to your disadvantages. — Charles Swindoll

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me. ( Psalm 23:4)

A greedy person brings trouble to his family. (Proverbs 15:27 NCV)

In this world, we either discipline ourselves, or we are disciplined by the world. I prefer to discipline myself. — Dick Campbell

If you lose, learn. — David J. Schwartz

A failure is a man who has blundered but is not able to cash in on the experience. — David J. Schwartz

Many people become so accustomed to themselves that they fail to see ways for improvement. — David J. Schwartz

Salvage something from every setback. — David J. Schwartz

A greedy person brings trouble to his family. (Proverbs 15:27 NCV)

A recent study indicated where North American teens turn to in their troubles: #1. music, #2. peers, #3. television,…#31. mom,…#48. dad.


Whatever absorbs you draws you in. — Ray Cross

You always have time for the things you put first.

Always put off until tomorrow things you shouldn’t do today.

We always feel we will have more time later than now.

If it weren’t for the last minute a lot of things would never get done.

Hard work is nothing more than an accumulation of easy things you didn’t do when you should have.

One of these days is none of these days.

Tomorrow is today’s greatest labour-saving device.

Priorities ought to come automatically to smart people, but they don’t. — Charles Swindoll

Pick the one thing you like to do least. Then, without letting yourself deliberate or dread the task, do it. That’s the most efficient way to handle chores. — David J. Schwartz

People who get things done in this world don’t wait for the spirit to move them; they move the spirit. — David J. Schwartz

The most difficult thing in life is getting out a warm bed into a cold room.

The only way to start is to start. — David J. Schwartz

Each day list what you have to do and number them in order of importance. Do them in that order. What doesn’t get done, carry it over to the new days list. In this way only the important things get done and unnecessary things remain at the bottom of the list, undone. — Ray Cross

Nothing starts itself. — David J. Schwartz

No one can speak on a problem better than one who has just solved that problem, but will the solution stand the test of time? — Ray Cross