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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."
  • Consider the Cost

    "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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  • Charles Spurgeon

    "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."
  • Progress through Perseverance

    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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It won’t fit in our driveway…

Take a look at what Mark’s driving tonight.

Geriatric Acronymns for Texting

Gotta love the geriatric population…at the doctor…

BFF – best friend fell
BTW – bring the wheelchair
BYOT – bring your own teeth
FWIW – forgot where I was
GGPBL – gotta go, pacemaker battery low
GHA – got heartburn again
IMHO – is my hearing aid on?
LMDO – laughing my dentures out
OMMR – on my massage recliner
ROFLACGU – rolling on floor laughing and can’t get up
TTYL – talk to you louder!
OMG! – Oh my Gout!

…thanks, Carol.

A Garden of Love by Thomas B. Clarke

I received a book recently by Thomas B. Clarke called a Garden of Love. It’s a devotional that introduces and describes different types of flowers that are found in the author’s church garden, Gethsemane Prayer Garden, where he is caretaker. As each flower is described, Clarke takes a similar concept from Scripture and compares God’s creation with the truths found in His Word. He tells inspirational stories, describes Gods attributes, and challenges Christians to live a life pleasing to God. The book uses similes not unlike Scripture to describe the love of the Father to his Son, the love of the Father, Son and Spirit to people, the love of Christians to the Lord and one another. It is the intent of the author to encourage a softer heart toward God and His love for us.

Much like a mother sees God in the love she feels for her child, and how a doctor can seen the awesomeness of God in the complexity of the human body, this author has seen more of God and His love through the flowers he has lovingly tended over the years. I plan to make this a gift book to a dear friend that enjoys her garden in the same way that this author must enjoy his. To see a photographic view of his garden go to http://www.prayergardeners.com/Gethsemane

ISBN: 978-0-9816213-2-6

Jesus Leads Us Through the Fog

Last night we were on our way home from Taylor’s graduation in Florida when we encountered a dense fog about 40 minutes from home.  It was about 11PM and we had been traveling since 8AM. First it set in in spots that only took a second to drive through. Then it descended so heavily that I couldn’t seen more than 50 feet ahead of me. I was in one of those situations where if I slowed down to a safe speed, I could be hit from behind by a vehicle traveling 65 mph. If I kept at the speed limit, I could rear end another car that had decided to stop or travel slowly.  I was stuck. I considered stopping at a hotel, but my mom was sick and I felt I needed to get her home. I wasn’t really sure what to do. I could see a 20 car pile up in my head just waiting for car #21.

Then I saw two small tail lights in front of me that I could follow. I immediately knew it was safe to continue as long as they were there. Then they disappeared after a few minutes and I thought, “Oh great, there goes my guide.”

The next second a large vehicle passed me and pulled in front of me – about 6 car lengths ahead of me. It kept steadily there all the way to our exit 30 minutes away.  As long as I kept a few car lengths from my guide, I knew I was safe to continue on. It was a bit nerve wracking but knowing there were two red lights just ahead gave me the confidence to keep going.

It reminded me of how Christ leads me – out in front, leading me all the way.  As long as I keep my eyes on Him, I know the road is safe and He will lead me all the way to my exit.

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about

Jillian planned a birthday dinner for me and cooked and cleaned and took over the house for a day. Chicken, stuffing, twice baked potatoes, bread and spinach dip…the whole nine yards. April brought orange stuff and a birthday cake. Such fun!  I love living in Wausau! Now if I can just get some more of my kids to move here…