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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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Friday, July 1, 2011
1. Failure is frightening, success can be terrifying. Both will try to stop you from doing what you were called to do.

2. Love is patient, love is kind, but it’s also messy and really hard. A good man will let it change him.

3. A free phone, a free month, and a free horse are never free.

4. It doesn’t take much to encourage someone. And it takes even less to discourage them.

5. It’s a mistake to base what you do on your worst critic, your biggest fan, or a focus group. Be who you were made to be, not who someone thinks you should be.

6. There are three things that are too wonderful for me, four that I do not understand: A good dog, a loving wife, children who obey, and an honest mechanic.

7. The goal of my life is not perfection, it’s participation.

8. Love means never having to admit that your wife was wrong.

9. Those who suck on the straw of life get a lot more out of it than those who blow into it.

10. Sometimes the worst thing I could have is to get what I want.

11. If you have to buy the protection plan, don’t buy it.

12. Drive the speed limit and you’ll never worry about how much the speeding ticket is going to cost.

13. Struggle is not the sign of illness or death, it’s a sign of life.

14. Left to itself, the human heart will always settle for something less than that which will truly satisfy.

15. There is no problem, no diagnosis, no hurt or pain or mountain that is bigger than God.

16. Invest your time, don’t just spend it. Saying no to something will allow you to say yes to something later.

17. Faith is not understanding everything God is doing. Faith is trusting that what he is doing is good and will result in glory to him.

18. Love is a lot like living in the desert. There will be times of rain and cool. But most of the time it’s hot and your garbage stinks.

19. Life is not about reaching my dreams and goals, it’s about discovering God’s plan and purpose.

20. Time with your children is never wasted.

21. Loss and pain force you to choose between bitter and better.

22. When I work to control my life, I get further behind in following Jesus.

23. The key to the abundant life is forgiveness. It’s a choice to make every day.

24. It’s a good thing to cry. It shows you’re human and connected.

25. It’s okay to let people down, make mistakes, and fail because it proves you’re trying. Life is not about getting everything right.

26. Loving someone doesn’t always mean you make them happy. And being loved doesn’t always mean that you’re happy.

27. God doesn’t need my ability. He desires availability. My greatest mission is submission to him.

28. God doesn’t want to resurface my life and make it smoother. He wants to dig it up, make it new, and change directions.

29. Money and possessions are like weeds in life’s garden. Give as much away as you can.

30. Sometimes progress looks like death.

31. Humility and self-deprecation are miles apart.

32. If Jesus never hurried, I don’t have to.

33. Making your kids do what is right is not parenting. Training them to choose what is right is.

34. Doctors don’t know everything and neither do I.

35. I have no relatives in England or Africa who have died and left me money.

36. Beware of these three words, spoken to you on the street, after dark. “Excuse me, sir?”

37. Invest in people not things.

38. A coward uses his wife as the reason for making a decision.

39. Monogamy is the most sexy thing you can do.

40. A good marriage can look like a bad marriage for awhile.

41. The people who wound are wounded themselves.

42. The end of the chapter does not determine the end of the book.

43. There will be no homeowner’s association in heaven.

44. I cannot live my life for another’s agenda. My greatest test will be to discern God’s agenda from my own.

45. When I feel blue in my soul, it’s because I have not understood that prayer is the breath of the Christian.

46. If you live by fear, you will never rest. But if you live in freedom, you’ll have constant rest and your worries will pass.

47. You will never appreciate real peace until you’ve gone through a big storm.

48. Real men do dishes.

49. Ninety percent of getting anything worthwhile done is showing up.

50. It’s hard to hang onto a smooth rope. God puts knots in our cord so we can have a place to hold on.

10 comments:

MyBabyGiggles said...

Happy Birthday, Chris. Thanks for #7 and #17. :)

Kathleen in Chicago said...

Wow Chris, those were great. I really need to work on #46! If you don't mind, I would like to post some of them on my fb status. I will make sure that I give you the credit, lol! My friend Amy is one of your biggest fans, I will have to send these to her. She left today for her first mission trip, she is 50 too. She wanted to come down to the studio to meet you but I told her that you are in Arizona, she was disappointed. I am sure she will love your quotes!

Jennifer said...

Hi Chris, My husband and I love to listen to you on Moody radio, he at work and me at home. I am 49 and heard about your blog today. I love it. I used listen to Andrea when she was on the radio too. I too love to blog, thanks for the list!

Fonda said...

Wow some of those are so profound! I just love quotes, so I'm definitely going to visit this page in the future. :)
I'm [only] 18 and I deff have learned #3!! :D I really liked #4.. wow. And #33. and #42. and #50. And like all of them! :)
Happy Birthday!!

Michelle from Tampa, FL said...

Chris,

I really enjoy reading these 50 things that you've learned.... I particularly love, #10, 13, 14, 25, 30 and 40!

God bless you and Andrea and your family! ( I come from a family of 10 and I am almost your age, I am the 9th child!).

Mary said...

Chris, #15 and 42 for Garner. #14 for me. This is great!

Azalia said...

Hey Chris, congratulations for reaching your first 50's. I hear you everyday at work and I can't tell you how much I'm learning and found myself in many situations commented in your show. I must ask a late permission from you to translate to Spanish your 50 things....I'm proudly posting them on my Facebook, hope is OK with you. You and your wife sound like a happy couple, God bless your family!

Azalia Meeuws
Coconut Creek, Fl

Anonymous said...

If you don't mind, I'm going to share these with my son and his fiancee who are getting married in September. Praise the Lord for those like you who can put into words what the rest of us can't. :-) You will get the credit, and God will get the glory!

Organizing Mommy said...

I think this radio broadcast on Friday, with your wife is my favorite one that you've done. I listen on Fridays, since I am traveling from the Chicago area back to Rockford. We need to figure out how to get Moody in our home radio. I will be putting up a link to this site from my blog this week. I'll check back when I get it up. Thanks! and happy Birthday. Happy 4th.

Stephanie said...

Excellent reflections!

I particularly like #20, #30, #33, and #37.

stephanie@metropolitanmama.net