No matter what we go through in life, the ups the downs, the good times and the bad times, we can still rest in the knowledge that the strength that we possess within our hearts can carry us through anything that life brings our way. We must never under estimate our will to continue on because the Lord has well-equipped us to face every difficulty, every discouraging situation with confidence and with a deep and assured knowing that all will be well with us. Having an unwavering trust in the Lord is important when tough times come our way because our foundation will be strong and secure and we will know that nothing can come our way without God already knowing about it and making provision for it. Knowing that God loves us encourages our hearts when facing difficulty because we will faithfully trust that we will become better, wiser and stronger after the trial than we were before it. (Proverbs 3:5-6) (Romans 8:28)
No matter what you may be going through, I want you to know that God is with you. He loves you with an everlasting love. He draws you near to Himself by His spirit. The Lord wishes for you to know Him as intimately as He knows you. So do you? Do you seek the Lord? I pray that you answer yes because God's love or us is greater than we can ever think or imagine. His love is so great that He willingly died in our place so that we may live eternally with Him. He took upon Himself our sins, our iniquities, our shortfalls and exchanged them with His holiness, His righteousness, and His love. May we never forget God's great love for us. May we call upon Him at all times sharing our laughs, our tears, our triumphs, our worries, and simply be in communion with the One whose love for us never wanes, diminishes or decreases. Trust that God loves you at all times and confidently call upon Him at all times because He patiently waits to hear from you. (Romans 8:31-39) (Revelation 3:20)
I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to not hold on to the burdens of life, but rather give them confidently to the Lord who will replace them with His peace that surpasses all understanding.
BIG BOYS DO CRY
“Big boys don’t cry.” I heard those words a lot growing up in America in the late sixties and early seventies. In those days men were expected to be tough and rugged and never shed a tear no matter what. Our heroes were all stone faced cowboys who were too strong to cry. Believing this then I tried my best never to cry at all during my teenage and early adult years.
All that changed, however, as I was driving home alone one night shortly after my Mom died. It was dark and raining outside. I was struggling to keep the car on the road while at the same time struggling to hold the tears back in my eyes. I remember almost going off the road twice as I blinked back the salty water that was burning my eyes and blurring my vision. My hands shook, my heart hurt, and my soul felt dead. Finally I could do it no longer. I stopped, pulled over, lay my head on the steering wheel, and cried. I cried until the tears couldn’t fall anymore. I cried until the pain that I was holding onto so strongly finally fled my heart.
After that night I realized something. Big boys do cry. In fact, it is the biggest hearts that cry the most. I realized too that it is our tears that can release us from our anger and our grief while reconnecting us to our love and our God. Tears help us to embrace this often bittersweet life. They help us to keep growing closer to each other in love and joy instead of shutting ourselves up in dull, aching, and lonely hearts.
These days I cry a lot more often. Sometimes the tears are sad. Sometimes the tears are joyous. But always the tears are full of love. I do my best to follow the advice of Leo Buscaglia who said, “Crying is good! It cleans out your eyeballs!” My eyeballs are a lot cleaner now than they used to be and my heart is as well. I hope then that every boy and girl out there realizes that tears are a gift from Heaven. They wash away the pain and water the seeds of love in your soul.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus declares “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
2 Corinthians 4:15-17 “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
Psalm 145:1-5 “I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless Thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless Thee; and I will praise Thy name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Thy works to another, and shall declare Thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of Thy majesty, and of Thy wondrous works.”
John 6:35-37 “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen Me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: AFTER THE RAIN
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Today's Selected Testimony: RESCUED FROM DEPRESSION
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry