Love & Its Difficult Choices


“Love is a commitment that will be tested in the most vulnerable areas of spirituality, a commitment that will force you to make some very difficult choices. It is a commitment that demands that you deal with your lust, your greed, your pride, your power, your desire to control, your temper, your patience, and every area of temptation that the Bible clearly talks about. It demands the quality of commitment that Jesus demonstrates in His relationship to us.”
I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love
~ Ravi Zacharias,
Christian Apologist, Author, Radio Host, Scholar &
Founder & Chairman of the Board – Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM – 2020)
“… The findings of this investigation have convinced us more than ever of the necessity and sufficiency of the Gospel. No one is without the need for a savior. Sin resides in the heart of every human being. Jesus is the only person who is exactly who He says He is, and the only Savior worthy of our ultimate trust and worship. Jesus is fully committed to truth and to justice, and he unqualifiedly stands with victims.”

~ International Board of Directors of RZIM

Patriots, True Americans, Don’t Fret Because of the Evildoers

Anti-Terrorists Script (Domestic & Global)
Psalm 37[a]
Of David.

1
Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2
for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.

3
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

5
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
6
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.

7
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.

8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9
For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

10
A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11
But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.

12
The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
13
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.

14
The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15
But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.

16
Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17
for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the Lord upholds the righteous.

18
The blameless spend their days under the Lord’s care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19
In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.

20
But the wicked will perish:
Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.

21
The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
22
those the Lord blesses will inherit the land,
but those He curses will be destroyed.

23
The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in Him;
24
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with His hand.

25
I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
26
They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing.[b]

27
Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.
28
For the Lord loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.

Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[c];
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29
The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.

30
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
and their tongues speak what is just.
31
The law of their God is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip.

32
The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
intent on putting them to death;
33
but the Lord will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.

34
Hope in the Lord
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.

35
I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36
but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.

37
Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.[d]
38
But all sinners will be destroyed;
there will be no future[e] for the wicked.

39
The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40
The Lord helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.

~ Psalm 37: 1 – 40
NIV
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Their Passion is His Glory

“We are on the cusp of the emergence of a company of hidden men and women who, with all faith and patience, have been enduring great struggles and dealings; being processed by the Lord and filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ. These are not those who seek a reputation for themselves, their passion is His glory and giving Him the church He has longed for. May God grant us all the heart of apostolic fathering and mothering that can release His power in the earth. Zion is once again in travail to bring forth her children.”
~ Mark Chironna,
Pastor, Life Coach, Author, Founder – The Masters Touch International Church
& Founder – The Dream Builders Network

An Amazing & Great Family Man

“I want to be remembered as, I hope, an amazing husband and a great father.”
~ Jason Momoa
Film Actor, Voice Actor, Model &
CinemaCon Awards (2011)
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Parents Become Popular Again When Kids Reach 20

“To all those mothers and fathers who are struggling with teenagers,
I say, just be patient: even though it looks like you can’t do anything right for a number of years,
parents become popular again when kids reach 20.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Rights Activist, Author, President Emerita & Founder – Children’s Defense Fund, Candace Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women (1982), MacArthur Fellowship (1985), Barnard Medal of Distinction (1985), Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa Bates College (1986), Albert Schweitzer Prize -Humanitarianism (1988), Jefferson Awards – Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (1991), Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award (1992), National Women’s Hall of Fame (1993), Community of Christ International Peace Award (1995), Heinz Award – Human Condition (1996), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2000), The National Women’s History Project Women’s History Honorees (2004), Stanford University Rathbun Visiting Fellow (2011)

Faith & Patience for The Doors to Promises

You see, faith opens the door to God's promise for you; and patience keeps it open until that promise is fulfilled. ~ Kenneth Copeland
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“You see, faith opens the door to God’s promise for you; and patience keeps it open until that promise is fulfilled.”
~ Kenneth Copeland,
Author, Singer, Co-Founder – Kenneth Copeland Ministries
& Co-Founder – Believer’s Voice of Victory
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Only J.C. Can Be All That!

“It is a foolish woman who expects her husband to be to her that which only Jesus Christ Himself can be:
always ready to forgive, totally understanding, unendingly patient, invariably tender and loving,
unfailing in every area, anticipating every need, and making more than adequate provision.
Such expectations put a man under an impossible strain.”
~ Ruth McCue Bell Graham,
Philanthropist, Poet, Author & Painter

My Greatest Achievement

“I would say my greatest achievement in life right now –
my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it –
is to be a wonderful father to my kids.”
~ Bo Jackson,
Baseball and Football Player (1983-1994)
Co-Owner & CEO of Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex,
Co-Owner of The Burr Ridge Bank and Trust;
Heisman Trophy (1985)

How You Wait

“Patience is not just about waiting for something…
it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.”

~ Joyce Meyer,
Author, Speaker & Philanthropist

If We Would Just Hang on Long Enough

” God has promised to every single one of us that
even in our hardest times,
if we would just hang on long enough,
the blessing will come.”
~ Beth Moore,
Evangelist, Author, Bible Teacher
& Founder – Living Proof Ministries

Waiting for Love

“Sometimes love takes a long time.
Wait for love and you’re gonna get the chance to love.
… When you take the chance on love, you see.
It’s not a waste of time, if you truly believe.”
~ Luther Vandross,
Singer, Songwriter & Record Producer

The Absence of Obstacles?

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“The difference between
the Successful and the Unsuccessful
is not the Absence of Obstacles,
but the Presence of Perseverance.”
~ Chris Widener,
Author & Motivational Speaker

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Be a Champion

“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will
never give up on them, who understands the power of connection
and insists that they become the best that they can become
the best that they can possibly be.”
~ Rita F. Pierson,
Educator, Car Enthusiast, Author, Humanitarian, & Speaker – TED Talks Education TV

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When You Overcome

“If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort,
eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.”
~ Patrick James “Pat” Riley ,
Professional Basketball Executive, Miami Heat Team President (1995- ), Motivational Speaker, Author,
Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), NBA Championships (2012 & 2013: Miami Heat)
Head Coach (1995-2003 & 2005-2008), NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (9x)
NBA Coach of the Year (1989–90: Los Angeles Lakers, 1992–93: New York Knicks & 1996–97: Miami Heat)
10 Greatest Coaches in NBA History Award (1996) & Los Angeles Lakers’ Championship Team Player (1972)

The Gradual Result

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”
~ Patrick James “Pat” Riley ,
Professional Basketball Executive, Miami Heat Team President (1995- ), Motivational Speaker, Author,
Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), NBA Championships (2012 & 2013: Miami Heat)
Head Coach (1995-2003 & 2005-2008), NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (9x)
NBA Coach of the Year (1989–90: Los Angeles Lakers, 1992–93: New York Knicks & 1996–97: Miami Heat)
10 Greatest Coaches in NBA History Award (1996) & Los Angeles Lakers’ Championship Team Player (1972)

Lofty Goals

“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.”
~ Bo Jackson,
Baseball and Football Player (1983-1994)
Co-Owner & CEO of Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex,
Co-Owner of The Burr Ridge Bank and Trust;
Heisman Trophy (1985)

Failing Into the Extraordinary

“Persistence can change failure
into extraordinary achievement.”
~ Marv Levy
a.k.a Marvin Daniel Levy,
Motivational Speaker, American & Canadian Football Coach (1973-1997),
Executive, Author, NFL Analyst & Pro Football Hall of Fame (2001)

Self-Discipline & Success

“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period”
~ Louis Leo “Lou” Holtz ,
Motivational Speaker, Football Player (1956-1957), Head Football Coach:
[William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State University (1972–1975),
University of Arkansas (1977–1983), University of Minnesota (1984–1985),
University of Notre Dame (1986–1996), University of South Carolina (1999–2004)],
Fiesta Bowl (Notre Dame, 1988), NFL’s New York Jets Coach (1976),
ESPN Football Analyst (2005-) & College Football Hall of Fame (2008)

Getting It at the Right Time

“I think in business, you have to learn to be patient.
Maybe I’m not very patient myself.
But I think what I’ve learned the most is
to be able to wait for something
and get it when it’s the right time.”
~ Bernard Arnault,
Founder of Louis Vuitton, Moet & Hennessy

The Steps, the Biologicals & the Spirituals

“I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working, diligently,
to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, biological fathers or just spiritual fathers.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Have You Any Worthwhile Endeavors?

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“Patience and persistence are vital qualities
in the ultimate successful accomplishment
of any worthwhile endeavor.”
~ Joseph Pilates,
Author & Inventor of Pilates
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Defeated, Yet Not Finished

“A man is not finished when he is defeated.
He is finished when he quits.”
~ Richard Nixon
37th President of the United States (1969-1974),
U.S. Representative, Senator, &
36th Vice President of the United States (1953-1961)

Spend the Time on Your Dreams

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.
The time will pass anyway.”
~ Earl Nightingale,
Motivational Speaker, Author, Voice Actor &
Radio Show Host, known as the “Dean of Personal Development”

Having Nothing, Having Everything

“Two things define you:
your patience when you have nothing, and
your attitude when you have everything.”
~ Luciane,
HomeBunch Founder, Editor & Blogger,
Houzz Writer & Interior Décor Entrepreneur

Great Dreams

"Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to Reach for the STARS to Change the world." by Harriet Tubman.
“Every great Dream begins with a Dreamer.
Always Remember, you have Within you
the Strength, the Patience, and the Passion
to Reach for the Stars to Change the world.”

~ Harriet Tubman (Araminta Harriet Ross),
Abolitionist, Humanitarian, and Union Spy (American Civil War)