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Published 3-7-11 - The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Ray Rempt, Melody Beattie, Barney Hamady, Viktor Frankl, Catherine the Great


Dear Readers,

Take heart, be encouraged: tough times can refine us like silver is
refined by heat. Difficulties will polish us until we shine like a
mirror if we can trust that the Lord will lead us through them.
We may not have a choice over what comes our way, but we
always have the choice of how we react to it.
You are equipped to hang in there!

- Lisa

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Suffering is never enjoyable, and yet we have heard the
expression "no pain, no gain." The idea of gain is intimately
involved with the purpose of suffering, but it is not true
that suffering is the only source of gain. It is, rather,
a requirement for certain kinds of gain.

...(Y)ou don't know if the house will stand until the flood
comes. Without any hardship, the house built on rock
may not look much different than the one built on sand.
The flood is what lets us know about the quality
and status of our faith...

Excerpted from "Got Faith?"
by Ray Rempt
Evergreen Press, 2006



Hard times, stressful times, are not all there is to life,
but they are part of life, growth and moving forward.

What we do with hard times, or hard energy, is our choice.
We can use the energy of hard times to work out, and work
through, our issues. We can use it to fine-tune our skills
and our spirituality. Or we can go through these situations
suffering, storing up bitterness, and refusing to grow or change.

Hard times can motivate and mold us to bring out our best.
We can use these times to move forward and upward to
higher levels of living, loving and growth.

Excerpted from "The Language of Letting Go,"
by Melody Beattie
Hazeldon, 1990



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The fact of our existence, of your life and mine,
is a privilege, not a right. Life is a gift, not
a reward. All that we witness and experience in
this crazy, risky, out-of-control, spinning,
wonderful, miraculous and beautiful world might
just as easily not have been, and that includes
you! Although a world and life that is broken and
burdened is inferior to God's original intention
as experienced by Adam and Eve in paradise, the
fallen and precarious world we know today is still
far superior and more desirable than no world at
all... Heaven has given us the right, the choice,
the power, and the resources to take the cards
we've been dealt, no matter how lousy and
unfortunate, and to sculpt from them a life
of beauty and significance that glorifies
God and leads the way for others.

Excerpted from "Making Life Work When Life is Working You,"
by Barney Hamady
Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2009



What is to give light must endure burning.

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997)
Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor

The Last Word:

A great wind is blowing, and that
gives you either imagination
or a headache.

Catherine the Great (1729-1796)
Empress of Russia



































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

I learned quickly that when I made others laugh,
they liked me.

Art Buchwald (1925-2007)
American humorist


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