We should always face each new day with a quiet confidence that All Is Well. Even when things aren't all well, we should rest assured that God is in control of all things and that our life is securely held in the palms of His Hands. When we know this truth deep within our being, our hearts and minds will be at peace no matter what may come our way. We won't allow the temporary trials and tribulations to discourage our hearts or make us question our life's purpose. We will in essence be looking past our present circumstances and focusing on the peace, joy and complete wholeness that is soon to come. (Isaiah 26:3-4) (Isaiah 26:3-4)
Be encouraged to see with your eyes of faith and look past your right now and look forward to your future to come. Don't get discouraged from the storms of life that seem to be raging against you. Don't feel like giving up because you don't currently see any light at the end of the tunnel. Don't allow your negative situation to make you murmur and complain, but rather use each and every heartache and setback to elevate your life. Learn every lesson, receive every bit of wisdom and understanding that those difficult situations brought and allow yourself to stand taller, to reach farther and to believe for even greater. (2 Kings 6:15-18) (Job 23:10)
We need to remind ourselves that the tough times are not spent in vain because the lessons we learn in them and because of them make our life much greater than it could have been otherwise. God in all of His wisdom knows what we need and exactly when we need it. Our job is to stay in communion with Him so that our peace will never leave us and our confidence in the Lord will never weaken or wane. Always remember that God loves you and wishes to be the leader of your life as we read in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to see that every struggle serves a purpose to make you better than you are right now.
SIMPLE NOT EASY
Shortly after our first home burned down when I was a boy we moved into a small house near the top of a mountain. The entire house was heated by a single, wood stove. My dad, brothers, and I spent days every Spring and Summer cutting and stacking the wood for it. It worked great as long as the wood wasn’t wet. A lot of the time, however, this wasn’t the case. Snowy and rainy days meant wet wood, a weak fire, and a cool house. It wasn’t long then before my Dad decided that we needed to build a wood shed.
I can still remember the day we started it. Dad had me and my brother climb into the pick-up truck after school. A local railroad company had pulled up some unused track and was giving away the wooden ties that went with it. Dad wanted to use 4 of these ties as the corner posts for the new building. It seemed simple enough at the time. All we had to do was load them up, take them home, dig some holes, and set them in the ground. What I didn’t realize was that each railroad tie weighed almost 500 pounds. I never worked so hard or strained so much in my life. I went to bed that night exhausted and had sore muscles for a week afterward. Yes, it was a simple job, but it surely wasn’t an easy one.
Living in love, joy, and oneness with God is simple too, but sometimes it isn’t easy. It is a choice that we have to make every single day of our lives. We often have to give love in the face of hate and share joy in the face of despair. Easy or not, though, it is still worth the effort. Loving God, loving ourselves, and loving others is what we were meant for. Nothing is better for us or feels better to us. When we work for love, we work for God, and when we work for God we will always have joy. Work hard at the simple life of love then. Even if you do run into some heavy lifting at times God will always be at the other end ready to help you.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
Isaiah 40:28-29 “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.”
Psalm 34:17-19 “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”
Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: WISDOM OF THE SOUL
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Today’s Selected Testimony: SAND OR GRAVEL?
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry