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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I was struggling today with some criticism and decided to sit down and write a few things I really believe. It turned out to be something I want to remind myself often, and here they are for you if you're struggling with something or someone.

This is part biblical truth and part Mr. Rogers. I loved Mr. Rogers, by the way. In my book, he was a prince among men. I miss him.

Here's my thesis I call, Be Yourself.

God has not created anyone on the planet who’s just like you.
Be Yourself.
Don’t get puffed up by praise.
Don’t get discouraged by criticism.
Never require someone else to validate what you do.
Listen to your heart.
Don’t concern yourself with those who are whole or who think they are, speak to those who know they’re broken.
And listen.
The future is determined not by your striving, but by God working.
There is a little piece of you that every day feels a sense of remorse and loss and regret over choices made, things beyond your control, and pain that springs up from some deep pool. It is in that remorse and loss and regret that your greatest strength lies, as well as your greatest hurt. Don’t lose it. Don’t shun it. Walk with it every day. Hold it closely.
And above all, Be Yourself.

4 comments:

Steph and Mitch T said...

Thank you for the beautiful reminder, Chris!

Nicole said...

Words which ring true . . . so necessary to survival. Thank you.

FreeCellPenguin said...

You know, even Mr. Rogers had his bad days. I remember one day when he was putting on his sweater, and he mis-matched the buttons, had to unbutton the whole thing and re-do it, while explained to the kids that even grown-ups make mistakes. Every time I saw the show after that, he always wore a zip-up sweater! Can you tell we watched that show a lot, too? Lady Elaine is no relation! We still make the apple butter spread that Mr. McFeely showed Mr. Rogers how to make (1 part apple butter, 1 part peanut butter, 1 part powdered milk). We call it Mr. McFeely's Nutter Butter Spread, and there's always a jar in the fridge!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. It's great to have the girls home from college for a few days (even if we did have to do a 9-hour round trip to get them).

:-) Bethany went shopping with me today, and found PopTarts with a $1 off peel-off coupon, so I relented and let her get them. Must be the influence of those Timberline kids! At least they were the whole grain PopTarts!

Anonymous said...

This was just what I needed to hear today. God Bless You!