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  • Abraham Lincoln on Criticism

    "If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
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    "Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events." ~Winston Churchill
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    "Our blessed Lord reveals himself to his people more in the valleys, in the shades, in the deeps, than he does anywhere else. He has a way and an art of showing himself to his children at midnight, making the darkness light by his presence."
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    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or whether the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. It is far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight of life, knowing neither victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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    God will uncase the hypocrites ere long, and make them know, to their sorrow, what is was to trifle with Him." - Richard Baxter
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  • The Reformed Pastor – Richard Baxter

    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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30 Day Countdown Free to Be Me List

Day 30 – Sleep!

Day 29 – Catch up on my scrapbooking

Day 28 – Open a photo studio

Day 27 – Move into a smaller house

Day 26 – Go out to lunch with a friend

Day 25 – Help a church with their publications

Day 24 – Take a road trip with my Mom

Day 23 – Write a book

Day 22 – Go to the gym as often as I’d like

Day 21 – Sit in Barnes & Noble for hours or just 5 minutes

Day 20 – Offer hospitality to evangelists and missionaries

Day 19 – Play music all day long cranked up high

Day 18 – Cook less, buy less, clean less, smell less, stress less

Day 17 – Keep friends

Day 16 – Use my new KitchenAid non-stick pots and pans without fear they’ll get scratched

Day 15 – Have private conversations on the phone (and actually be able to hear the other person)

Day 14 – Pack away, give away, or sell all my school supplies and books

Day 13 – Finish my college classes from Bethany Bible College and Seminary

Day 12 – Get a job to get to know the community/as an outreach opportunity

Day 11 – Have a weekly ladies Bible study in my home

Day 10 – Offer a day of respite to worn out  or sick mothers

Day 9 – Use one lb. of ground beef, one lb. of spaghetti  noodles and one jar of Ragu. Wow. That’s an adjustment.

Day 8 – Be with my daughters when they have babies (Marissa due in January!)

Day 7 – Stay up till 3AM and then sleep in till noon! Eeeha!

Day 6 – Leave my bedroom in my jammies without doing my hair or putting on makeup

Day 5 – Watch a movie in the middle of the day during school hours

Day 4 – Put pens in my desk, yogurt in the freezer, and dried fruit in the pantry that don’t disappear

Day 3 – Go on a date to Chicago by train with my honey

Day 2 – Go anywhere any time and keep my entire mind on what I’m doing

Day 1 – Buy one slurpee, one taco or one hamburger when I go grocery shopping

Day 0 – P.A.R.T.Y.T.I.M.E.

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