when you hear hoofbeats, look for horses (or, common things occur commonly)(this is a standard medical saying). meaning: if you didn't already figure it out, it's ain't some weird thing usually. it's more common for common illnesses to present in a weird way than for a weird illness to present at all (or to mimic a common illness). reader's digest is not a medical textbook, nor is the internet - but wikipedia has most medical textbooks on it!
the shortest route is not always the best route, because it can bypass some of the most precious lessons in life. (ravi zacharias)
some people seem to need to define their lives by their hardships, whether they be illnesses or other types, death in the family, financial hardship. look in the bible at aaron and nadab and abihu. sometimes you need to work through things, not live for them.
the lessons learned the hard way, the long way, are often the best, but man, that's not how they feel when you're going through them. think of this for your kids.
when my children get the 'i wants' and 'i needs' it's time for them (and me) to 'serve, serve, serve'(my lovely bride)
God gives where He finds empty hands - (St. Augustine)
sometimes you are the answer to the prayer you pray. (steve brown)
we think that helplessness is a liability - and it may be if you're a soldier or a policeman or a teacher - but in spiritual matters, just the opposite is true. (steve brown)
ok, i know these were random. each could have had a whole blog to itself, and who knows? maybe they will someday, but right now, hopefully this will do.