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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Remember Fanny J....

"Be imitators of me, just as I am of Christ" (1 Cor.11:1) "Therefore I exhort you, be imitators of me..." (1 Cor. 6:16).

While the Parable of the "Talents" (Matt.25:14-30) is actually about money, I view it to really be about abilities and how we use them. You might want to read the parable some time today. If you are wondering about my title today, I'll explain. Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) was for all intents and purposes blind from birth. If you are not familiar with her, she was a prolific writer. She penned over 8,000 hymns, 1,000 poems, and 4 books of poetry. She wrote the hymns Blessed Assurance, Rescue The Perishing, Praise Him! Praise Him!, Safe In The Arms Of Jesus, Draw Me Nearer and All The Way My Savior Leads Me among others. This is what she said about her "handicap... "Had I not been deprived of my sight, I would never have received so good an education, nor cultivated so fine a memory, nor been able to do good to so many people..." One way way to ward off anxiety is to be able to accept ourselves the way we are. We need to understand our strengths and weakness and use them all for the Lord. Fanny took what we would perceive as an obstacle and turned it into a stepping stone... The writer of the Book of Proverbs said this... "For as a man thinks in his heart, so he is..." (23:7). Alleviating worry and anxiety is an "inside job" rather than an external one. Temptations and difficulties will always be out there, so we must make adjustments and changes of heart. It becomes a matter of turning our difficulties into blessings.... Fanny did...

Have a great day, I'll miss for a while.... On rainy days, let your smile be your umbrella... Love mark Phil.4:11

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