Tough Times (1/10/14)

This Water Emergency has all of us upset and worried...and perhaps I can offer a little encouragement this morning...

Tough times never last, but tough people do.  
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” 
The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them. 
A problem is a chance for you to do your best. 
I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. 
Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.  - 
When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. 
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.  
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.