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815th -- A Dog In The Road


No matter how difficult life may seem and no matter how many problems we 
are facing, we should have a proper attitude and realize that we are on 
this earth for a reason. God has placed us in this particular place in 
this particular time with a plan and purpose behind it. Our life, no 
matter how difficult it may seem to us, is meant to accomplish great things
whether we realize it or not. We are to have the proper attitude in spite
of our problems so that we may be ready to move in the direction where God
is leading. We are to have the proper attitude because God cannot use 
those who are constantly murmuring and complaining about how difficult 
their situation is. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) (Isaiah 30:21) (Philippians 2:14-16)

The Bible says we are to put on the garment of praise for the spirit of 
heaviness. We are to have a cheerful countenance giving thanks and praise
to the Lord for every good and perfect gift that He has given us. We are
to look at the good and see that our life no matter how difficult is still
filled with blessings that cannot be counted. Be encouraged to have a 
proper attitude and allow the Lord to use you to bless this world. Even 
if you don't know it, you are special and have been equipped with gifts 
that no one else possesses. See your uniqueness with fresh eyes and know
that you have much to offer this world. (Isaiah 61:3) (Proverbs 15:13)

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to be thankful for
every good and perfect gift in your life. Let God know that you are 
appreciative for your life and for all that He has given to you.


I remember when I first graduated college. I was already married with a 
baby son. I had an education degree, but full time teaching jobs where I 
lived were scarce. For a few years then I did my best to make ends meet by
substituting as much as possible. I would get up early each morning and 
hope for the phone to ring. A call meant work and every penny counted. 

On one particularly cold morning I got a call to work at a grade school 15 
miles away. Only a light snow coated the roads so I wasn’t worried about 
the trip. What I didn’t realize, though, was that water from the previous
day’s rain had frozen on a patch of the road before the snow covered it. 
This was on a part of the road that curved around the edge of a mountain.
Going off on one side of the road would land you in a ditch but going off
the other could send you over the side of the mountain.

As I approached the dangerous spot I was going faster than I should. I 
wanted to make it to the school before the classes started. Just before I
reached it, however, I saw a dog walking in my lane of the road. I braked
early to avoid hitting the pooch and then was about to speed up again when
I hit the black ice. Thankfully, the angel with paws had made me slow down
enough that I was able to steer the car back towards the ditch and away 
from the edge of the mountain curve. I only needed a tow instead of a trip
to the hospital or mortuary. I guess God wasn’t quite ready for me to 
leave this life yet.

Albert Einstein said, “God doesn’t play dice.” This is true for the world
and for our lives. As I look back upon that day I can see God’s loving 
handiwork in it. I think He still had more for me to learn and do in this
life. I just pray that I don’t waste a moment of it. I pray that I make 
every day I have left a loving gift to my Heavenly Father who made me. May
you do the same.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 91:9-12 “Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even 
the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither 
shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels 
charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up 
in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”

Psalm 34:4-8 “I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from 
all my fears. They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces 
were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved
him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about
them that fear Him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is
good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”

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.”

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.

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In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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