No matter the challenges that are in our path, we should always be quick to
recognize that we can use those challenges to make us better than we were
before. No matter the trials or tribulations that are presently before
us, if we have the proper attitude and see those problems in the right way,
we can use them to help make us wiser, stronger, more patient, more loving
and more appreciative for our life. It is all in our perspective how we
handle a difficult situation. We can see it as difficult and impossible
and simply give up or we can do what God wishes for us and stand firm in
faith knowing that nothing shall be able to overtake us. (Hebrews 13:6)
Have the right attitude in life. Be an optimist who sees the good and
never the bad. Don't see your cup only as half-full, see it as filled to
the tip and overflowing. Have an overcoming rise above attitude knowing
that with God by your side nothing shall be impossible to you. (Luke 1:37)
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to see that every
challenge in our life can be used to make us stronger and better than we
PAIN IN THE NECK
It seemed like a long time to be dealing with this. The truth is, I have
been complaining about it for years.
I've had tests, x-rays, nerve conduction, MRI's and never any results that
solved the problem.
Recently, it had gotten worse so I went to my doctor with a list of about
a dozen things that was wrong with me.
Nothing fatal. Nothing life threatening.
Still, life was not the same.
When you reach 50 everything changes. It is a label, a neon light that goes
with you wherever you go.
Everything you felt at 49 was a concern. Everything you feel after 50 is
simply classified as “getting old.”
I am 58.
Add to that I have Fibromyalgia and I can never have another symptom that
won't be labeled as age or fibro.
I think doctors stop listening and friends your age always have something
worse than you.
“I have this pain in my shoulder.”
“Pain? You want to know pain? I have such pain you could never handle it.”
I have been blessed. I have never been in the hospital or had an operation.
I really have not had any terrible diseases. So, having to go to a physical
therapist is a first for me.
“How long have you had this pain in your neck?” he asked.
“Well, my wife and I have been married for 20 years,” I replied. “Oh, you
mean this pain.”
He laughed and I knew I had the right guy.
So, what great lesson have I taken from this experience?
Are you ready?
In order to ease this discomfort in my neck, I need to stretch it.
The stretching will appear to cause more discomfort, but doing so will
eventually relieve the pain and strengthen the muscles.
Your discomfort in life right now, no matter how painful, can only be
relieved when you stretch beyond your present circumstances, causing
temporary discomfort, but eventually strengthening your stance.
I need to stick out my neck in order to relieve the pressure and pain.
I will never find relief without creating more discomfort.
One more thing. I really love my “pain in the neck!”
By Bob Perks
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.”
Psalm 91:1-4 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall
abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my
refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall
deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou
trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
2 Corinthians 12:8-10 “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it
might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for
thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore
will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest
upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in
necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I
am weak, then am I strong.”
Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I
deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He
shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and
shew him My salvation.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: GOD ISN'T FAR AWAY
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Today’s Selected Testimony: MELODY'S TESTIMONY
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry