When troubles come our way, we should be quick to face them head-on knowing
that with God by our side, victory is assured to us. We should never allow
ourselves to worry over negative situations. We must remain steadfast in
faith because God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can
ask or even think. He has the answer to every problem. We simply need to
trust Him and know that as long as we remain faithful to God, He will
remain faithful to us. The Bible declares in Psalm 34:8-9, “O taste and
see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. O fear
the LORD, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him.” Be
encouraged to go forward in life with confidence and do not allow yourself
to worry, murmur or complain about anything. The Lord who controls all
things has said All Is Well. (Ephesians 3:20-21) (2 Corinthians 9:8)
I hope this message encourages your heart to stand strong when trials come
your way. Meet the challenge ahead of you and let God know that your eyes
are not focused on the problem, but rather they are focused on the Great I AM.
EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED
In the middle of all the ruckus in our home this past week, I discovered a
moment of great inspiration. Then again, that's where great inspiration is born.
We are getting new carpeting for our upstairs. That in itself has turned
my world upside down. But the bigger picture here is how one thing always
leads to another.
When we decided to get new carpeting, we couldn't just get new carpeting.
“We have to paint the ceilings,” my wife told me.
“Won't the new carpeting like looking at our old ceilings?” I asked.
“Not the point,” she replied. “I don't want to be painting the ceilings
after we put the carpeting in.”
“Okay with me. Put the new carpeting in and we won't paint the ceilings,”
It wasn't the right answer.
She walked away from my logic as she shook her head in disbelief.
“Okay, we'll paint the ceilings,” I conceded.
“Well, we will need to paint the trim and the walls, too,” she said as she
stood in the doorway.
“I know, the carpeting, right?” I said.
“Yes, but the trim will look old next to the new ceiling.”
“Okay, I'll paint the trim, too.”
“Well, you'll need to sand them first.”
“Because of the carpeting?”
“No, it's the right thing to do.”
“The right thing to do was leave the old carpeting,” I mumbled.
“Oh, by the way. We also should paint the walls,” she added. And without
hesitating so as to avoid unnecessary comments from me, she continued.
“The walls in the back room have cracks that need to be repaired.”
Everything is connected.
Like fixing the cracks in the plaster.
I really wasn't sure if I remembered how to do it. Since I was already up
to my neck in these projects I thought I better ask someone.
Standing in the aisle of the local hardware store I looked around to find
Now, if I were roaming around the store with nothing in mind, there would
be five clerks asking, “May I help you find something?”
But never when I really need one.
I grabbed what looked like the item I needed and began reading the label.
Is it me getting older or do they make the print so small any more you
need a telescope to see it?
“Do you know what you are doing?” I heard a man ask me.
Looking up I expected to see a clerk standing there. It was an elderly man.
“Oh, a man of great wisdom!” I said. “How'd you know I needed help?”
“The can's upside down,” he said.
“That's okay, I couldn't read it anyway,” I said laughing.
I proceeded to explain my challenge.
“Make the cracks bigger,” He said.
“Why? I'm trying to cover them up,” I said.
Then was my moment of inspiration.
“In order to fix a small problem you need to see it bigger,” he said.
I had a look of confusion.
“That small crack most likely is a part of a bigger problem. By exposing
the crack, the filler will smooth it over more evenly. By making it a
little wider, the filler can get into the crack; you can sand it and paint
it and never see it again. People who putty over a tiny crack will only
get to see it again,” he said.
Just like life. Sometimes little problems are the beginning of bigger
ones. Sometimes taking a broader look at it will help to resolve the
problem once and for all so that it never returns.
Handling the small crack in the foundation of your well being will help to
prevent that foundation from crumbling.
Sometimes, “In order to fix a small problem you need to see it bigger.”
Everything is connected.
By Bob Perks
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Galatians 3:13-14 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being
made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth
on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through
Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Isaiah 53:4-5 “Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:
yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was
wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the
chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”
Psalm 37:4-7 “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the
desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him;
and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness
as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait
patiently for Him...”
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: DO NOT FEAR
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Today's Selected Testimony: MY LIFE CHANGE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry