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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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eReaderGirl.com

Like to read? Love free ebooks? Then, check out eReaderGirl.com, a brand-new site that lists free and discounted ebooks every day. This site is a branch off of MoneySavingMom.com.  Check out the site, and download some of today’s free ebooks. You can also sign up for your daily dose of free ebooks. I’ve already downloaded 5 free books from this site.

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MoneySavingMom also has a brand-new e-book Celebrating and Savoring a Simple Christmas – I’ve read it and it definitely has many good ideas on how to make this year’s Christmas more enjoyable.

Enjoy!

The Fourth Fisherman

ImageThe Fourth Fisherman by Joe Kissack is a true story about 3 fishermen who nearly lost their lives while lost at sea and a man who after telling their story, discovered what real life was all about.  After Joe had pursued a life of fame and fortune for many years, he became empty and depressed, not really understanding why his career success didn’t provide satisfaction in life. Kissack’s tale of The Fourth Fisherman contrasts the Mexican fisherman’s sage with his own, intertwining each of the men’s stories showing how each man chose to live his life and the results of those choices.

Salvador maintained his unwavering faith in dire circumstances because it was based on a belief that his God was in charge of every single detail and could be trusted to work out the present for God’s glory and his good. He was the stabilizing force in the boat that was lost at sea with four other men, Jesus, Lucio, Juan and Farsero. Joe on the other hand lived for himself and pursued the temporal rather than the eternal. He had everything, yet despaired of his life as if he had nothing. He found no satisfaction in the fancy cars, recognition or disposable money – a direct contrast to the fishermen in their tiny boat lost at sea.

This book shows the reader that a relationship with God that includes love for others brings much more satisfaction than a life lived for oneself. I recommend this book to those who may be searching for satisfaction in life and relationships. Joe’s salvation experience alone is worth the read. Both Joe Kissack’s and the fishermen’s stories show what the truly sold out Christian life is like – rewarding and full of adventure.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated for writing this review.

Courageous

Courageous

We just watched Courageous last night – what a great movie! My favorite scene was at the end of the movie when the police officers were in pursuit of gang members. The producers of this film did a great job of getting their point across to fathers about their role in the family and responsibility toward God.

I highly recommend it! Click here for the Resolution the men signed in the movie.  You can buy it for $8.92 at ChristianCinema.com.

Remember the Waltons?

Remember watching the Waltons when you were younger? Click here to watch a recent video of an interview of the cast members.

Swearing – an Epidemic

Over the years I’ve asked many people not to swear – co-workers, family, friends, and even strangers. It’s not a matter of judging others. It’s all about what is appropriate. I’ve taught my kids to use proper speech, both that pleases God and allows them to be received properly by others whether it be in a home, social or work setting. I’ve explained why it displeases God to utter expletives, how it offends others and even told them it hurts their mother’s heart to hear such things. I’ve explained that people will think less of them, be offended or even exclude them from being hired because of offensive language, whether it be in person or on a social networking site. None of it seems to matter – it appears we have an epidemic of swearing. To tell you the truth, I just don’t get it. Swearing has been such a taboo to me that I’d never consider allowing it to enter my vocabulary. It’s so offensive, yet it seems this doesn’t matter any more.

I guess when it comes to young people trying to assert their independence or prove their autonomy or even maturity to the world, they unwisely choose profanity to try to make their point. When asked to not swear, they say, “I’m my own person,” “That’s how I am and I don’t care what anyone thinks,” or, “It’s my life and I can live it any way I choose.” Well, in a spiritual sense, no, we don’t have the right to live how ever we want, we were bought with a  price if we belong to Christ. It is our responsibility to represent Christ and glorify Him with our speech. But let’s put that aside for a moment and look at it in a purely secular view.

I did a search on “swearing” and found a few secular sites that deal with swearing and why it’s detrimental to the individual as well as society in general. Below I’ve posted thoughts from  a site on the Internet called “Cuss Control” about swearing and how it affects a person and those around them. I found it interesting and very much like the things I’ve told my kids over the years. I found a really good article on an Internet site that is solely for men and it supported the list below as well. Basically that article said it’s not cool or mature, let alone attractive to swear. I’d give you the address of the site, but it had links that I’d just prefer not to pass along, if you know what I mean. 🙂

Please don’t swear. It’s offensive and hurts society in general. Common courtesy should rule. I’ve been assaulted so much lately with profanity that I’ve had to limit my news feed on my Facebook. This ought not so to be. It especially brings me great sorrow when it’s my own children – they certainly know better. They say the more you love someone, the easier and more you can be hurt by that person. I personally know this to be true. I long for the day that they desire to please the One who gave them a life worth living. But, I digress…

Below is the list and if you’d like to see the Cuss Control site that contains this list as well as other comments, click here. Used with permission.

What’s Wrong With Swearing?

Swearing Imposes a Personal Penalty
It gives a bad impression
It makes you unpleasant to be with
It endangers your relationships
It’s a tool for whiners and complainers
It reduces respect people have for you
It shows you don’t have control
It’s a sign of a bad attitude
It discloses a lack of character
It’s immature
It reflects ignorance
It sets a bad example

Swearing is Bad for Society
It contributes to the decline of civility
It represents the dumbing down of America
It offends more people than you think
It makes others uncomfortable
It is disrespectful of others
It turns discussions into arguments
It can be a sign of hostility
It can lead to violence

Swearing corrupts the English language
It’s abrasive, lazy language
It doesn’t communicate clearly
It neglects more meaningful words
It lacks imagination
It has lost its effectiveness

Expelled!

Great Groupon Deal for Picaboo!

If you haven’t joined Groupon, today is the day!  Today’s Pittsburgh Groupon is 75% off Picaboo Photo Books!  You do NOT have to live in Pittsburgh to get this deal.  It is a nationwide online deal!!!  I love Picaboo and think they are probably the best around.

How does it work?
“Buy” the deal.  You’ll pay $25 and receive a $100 certificate to Picaboo. Even if you don’t like this deal, you should still sign up for Groupon!  

Here’s the fine print for the Picabook coupon (which makes this a great deal!):

  • Expires in 1 year – Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per Picaboo transaction. May redeem across multiple visits. Valid toward tax and shipping. Valid with other promotions. Not valid for cash back. May redeem starting 9/28/10.
  • Every single day, new deals roll in! Here’s the site to sign-up:  http://www.groupon.com/r/uu8307580.

    Thanks, Jenna!