With the many blessings that we possess, we have much to be thankful for,
but when times of trial or discouragement come our way, we sometimes forget
all the good that is before us and we focus more on the bad that is only
temporary in nature. This is in essence backward thinking because we lose
sight of all the positives and think more on the negatives that don't come
close in comparison. (Psalm 92:1-5) (Deuteronomy 28:12-13) (Psalm 142:4-7)
The Bible tells us to rejoice evermore, to pray without ceasing, to be
strong in the Lord and in the power of His Might, and God tells us that He
would make us the head and not the tail, the lender and not the borrower,
that we'd be above only and not beneath. These are promises that are found
in the word of God and are there to reassure us that All Is Well.
I hope this message encourages your heart to see that you are highly
favored and have so much to give thanks for.
EVERY DAY IS BEAUTIFUL FOR ME
While recuperating from her second open-heart surgery at Children's
Hospital of Western Ontario, my six-year-old daughter, Kelley, was moved
from the intensive care unit to the floor with the other children.
Because a section of the floor was closed, Kelley was put in the wing
reserved for cancer patients. In the adjacent room, a six-year-old boy
named Adam was fighting a battle with leukemia. Adam stayed at the hospital
for a portion of each month while receiving chemotherapy treatments.
Every day Adam sauntered into Kelley's room to visit, pushing the pole that
held his chemotherapy bag. Despite the discomfort of the treatments, Adam
was always smiling and cheerful. He entertained us for hours with his many
stories. Adam had a way of finding the positive and the humor in any
situation, however, difficult.
One particular day, I was feeling tired and anxious for Kelley's release
from the hospital. The gray, gloomy day outside only fueled my poor mood.
While I stood at the window looking at the rainy sky, Adam came in for his
daily visit. I commented to him on what a depressing day it was. With his
ever-present smile, Adam turned to me and cheerily replied, “Every day is
beautiful for me.”
From that day on I have never had a gloomy day. Even the grayest days bring
a feeling of joy as I remember with gratitude the words of wisdom spoken by
a very brave six-year-old boy named Adam.
By Patti Merritt
Know that you are in God's hands and nothing by any means can harm you, so
rejoice and give thanks for every blessing that you possess. (Luke 10:19)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my
right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory
rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my
soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at
Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
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.”
Psalm 118:5-9 “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me,
and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear:
what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me:
therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to
trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in
the LORD than to put confidence in princes.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: EVEN IF
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Today’s Selected Testimony: TAKING A GOOD LOOK
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony189.htm
In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry