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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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    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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    “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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Amazing Grace Hymn – Christian Poster


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Hymn – Christian Poster

Woman hiding with kids shoots intruder



A woman hiding in her attic with children shot an intruder multiple times before fleeing to safety Friday.

The incident happened at a home on Henderson Ridge Lane in Loganville around 1 p.m. The woman was working in an upstairs office when she spotted a strange man outside a window, according to Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman. He said she took her 9-year-old twins to a crawlspace before the man broke in using a crowbar.

But the man eventually found the family.

“The perpetrator opens that door. Of course, at that time he’s staring at her, her two children and a .38 revolver,” Chapman told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.

The woman then shot him five times, but he survived, Chapman said. He said the woman ran out of bullets but threatened to shoot the intruder if he moved. To read the rest of the story, click here.

The Giglio imbroglio – The public inauguration of a new moral McCarthyism

The Giglio imbroglio – The public inauguration of a new moral McCarthyism.

‘Barack Obama and those organizing his upcoming inauguration have effectively declared historic, biblical Christianity to be out of bounds.

A new chapter in America’s moral revolution came Thursday as Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio withdrew from giving the benediction at President Obama’s second inaugural ceremony. In a statement released to the White House and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, Giglio said that he withdrew because of the furor that emerged Wednesday after a liberal watchdog group revealed that almost 20 years ago he had preached a sermon in which he had stated that homosexuality is a sin and that the “only way out of a homosexual lifestyle … is through the healing power of Jesus.”

In other words, a Christian pastor has been effectively disinvited from delivering an inaugural prayer because he believes and teaches Christian truth.

The fact that Giglio was actually disinvited was made clear in a statement from Addie Whisenant of the Presidential Inaugural Committee:

“We were not aware of Pastor Giglio’s past comments at the time of his selection, and they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural. Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part because of his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.”

That statement is, in effect, an embarrassed apology for having invited Louie Giglio in the first place. Whisenant’s statement apologizes for the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s failure to make certain that their selection had never, at any time, for any reason, believed that homosexuality is less than a perfectly acceptable lifestyle. The committee then promised to repent and learn from their failure, committing to select a replacement who would “reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance.”‘

To read more, see the original article here: http://www.onenewsnow.com/perspectives/miscellaneous/2013/01/11/the-public-inauguration-of-a-new-moral-mccarthyism

My Next Craft – Homemade Smash Books

Check out this site – it’s chocked full of craft and DIY videos. This one explains how to use artist canvases to make your own book.

Things Not to Say to Your Wife

Good Advice from Mother Teresa


People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
by Mother Theresa

Here’s an Excerpt of the Book I’m Writing…

“…We knew it was going to be a hard road, but were willing to do anything that God asked us to do. It ended up being harder than we ever imagined but God has been faithful as He promised. We discovered we could not “fix” our kids like we thought, we only learned to live with and compensate for their disabilities. It has been an uphill battle – and let me tell you, that’s putting it mildly! I had such a romantic view of adoption – give a child a stable, loving home and they will latch onto us and accept us as the family they always wanted. Boy oh boy were we mistaken! There is a saying in foster care that has proven true with many of our children. It goes like this: “If you can’t hate the one who hurt you, hate the one you’re with.” Oh yeah, baby, that has been proven to be the mantra of many of our adopted children….”

Ring in the New Year

Today I am considering my New Years resolutions. They aren’t going to be the typical ones like exercising more, giving up chocolate, etc. I’m leaning more toward being more efficient and productive. My resolutions are more like goals this year. I would be interested in hearing from you all to see what you have determined to do (or not do) in 2013 to make your life happier, healthier and more productive.

I’ve not completed my list yet, partly because I need to pin down my husband. I want to do them together and separately this year. But to get started, I’m going to list a few here and now to get me started.

1. Spend one hour a day working on church stuff – I want to set aside a time to work on my church publications at a set time so it doesn’t take up my entire day. I tend to sit down with my laptop and lose 3-5 hours in a blink! I am trying to do this first thing in the morning.

2. Spend one hour a day writing my book. I’ve put this off too long! I started it a year ago, but stalled because I wasn’t sure which way to take it. Should I do one book combining my ministry experience and parenting of special needs children or should I split it into two? I took some time this year to ask others and the general consensus is to split it into two books because one would get muddled and contain too much for my reader to process. So that’s the deal. I’m now working on two books.

3. HOSPITALITY…my new house has been given to me because God wants Mark and I to focus on the service of hospitality. Too often we forget to let people know how valuable they are to us. So, here we go. We started with a New Years party to ring in the new year and plan to ask people over to our home in order to get to know them and let them know we love them. This is going to be fun!  It is also my goal to be ready to take visitors at any time of the day – kind of an open house type existence. This one is going to be hard, but I am going to make myself change my way of thinking.

4. Mission work for small churches…I’ve already begun this one, but need to plan and execute this ministry in a more organized way. My desire to to provide quality publications for small churches that can’t afford to hire a graphic designer. I’ve already worked with a few churches and have found it to be a much needed ministry. It is also my goal to be enough financially solvent that I can afford to travel to these churches to work with them face to face. This make it easier to get a real feel of the ministry in order to suit the publications to them personally.

5. Set up a photo studio in my home and work on getting some pay jobs. I’ve done photography over the years for church and family, but haven’t worked much on making it a business. I need to supplement our income and see this as a good way to bring in a bit of cash here and there. Our new house has a space I can use for an indoor photo studio, so I won’t be limited to just outdoor photography, though it is my preferred method. We’ve been working on the room for a couple of months now, but still have to get lighting, backgrounds, and props.

6. Work on my blog for a half an hour a day – this is going to be a hard one since I tend to put it off because it takes me over sometimes. That’s partly why I’ve not kept up on it because it takes a lot of time out of my day. Time management is a priority for me this year and I am determined to master it.

7. Learn my Adobe products – Jillian brought me some of her college books when she was home for Christmas. I intend to go through them a page at a time and learn my craft.

8. Write more letters to my kids – I have kids spread all over the country; my goal is to write a letter a month to try to re-connect my kids to one another. It’s not  enough that I desire a close family. Everyone needs to make an effort. Perhaps if I share tidbits of family news it will cause some to think inward. Family is where it’s at!

Let me know what goals you have for the new year. We need to inspire one another!

By Faith, Not by Sight


By Faith, Not by Sight is the life story of Scott MacIntyre, a young man who from early on had an amazing gift for music, both in singing and playing instruments. He came from a musical family and was accomplished in his art early on, as early as 14 when he won a scholarship to study in London.

The amazing thing is that he was born legally blind and for a time during his advancement into the music industry he also suffered kidney failure, nearly losing his life in the middle of it all. Throughout the book, as the reader travels with him through each challenging stage in his life, his unfailing faith is obvious and it not only draws the reader in, but explains how MacIntyre did more than just survive; he thrived spiritually as he fought his way up the daunting ladder of musical success.  It is obvious his faith is personal and practical, even exceptional for one so young.

I found the book interesting, especially the parts that give an up close look at the life of someone struggling with blindness and kidney disease, how his family supported him, and how perseverance through dark times can be capped off with amazing success. The book did seem a little self-promoting, but the tone can be overlooked if the reader looks for the genuineness of a young man who obviously gives God the glory for his accomplishments, even if he doesn’t convey it fully in his writing.

I did come away with a sense of admiration for the young man and a greater understanding of how people can have peace through a serious illness.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.