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If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.  Jim Rohn

Risk is loosely defined as the chance of loss.  Settle is loosely defined as "to come to" and "to become quiet and orderly".  You have decide what kind of life you want to lead.  One that will be filled with chance but few regrets or one that will be played safe, quiet and orderly and also filled with longings unfilled because the "what if" of loss seemed to overwhelming.  
I'm not a risk taker by nature.  It's scary and I don't like scary.  But at some point in my 30's I decided I had better start taking some risks on things that seemed scary to me (but clearly weren't to others!).  For my own personal beliefs I knew that the "what if" of the thing I felt God asking me to risk was not near as scary as the idea of disobeying the One who I call LORD.  I was, I still am, much more "frightened"* of disobeying my Abba than I am of the thing he's asking me to take a risk on.  Guess what I have found?  Freedom and joy and an abundant life exceeding anything I could have ever dreamed up!  Forget quiet and orderly - give me abundant life!  

*Don't misunderstand me, I'm not frightened in the sense of quaking in my shoes, fearful of consequences, etc.  I'm frightened in the sense of awe and respect for the One who has my days numbered and sees what I cannot so knows what he is asking of me is for my benefit...and most likely the benefit of others!  There's a big difference!  :)  


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of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.

Watching my brothers become Uncles - thanks to my oldest redhead - has been one of the best things in my life. It was through their interactions with her from the moment she was born until present day that made me see the men they were growing up to be and what kind of Father's they would be to their own children someday. It takes nothing at all for me to think back to those days when she was an itty-bitty and my brothers - who had no experience with babies - took on soothing her when she cried, changing her diapers, helping feed her, and just snuggling. Mushy gushy heart.

What makes you sentimental today?