There are many people in this world who are going through hard times
whether it is in their finances, in their physical bodies or in their
emotions. I've talked to many people on this subject and it never
surprises me of the commonality in people’s voices; they are all having a
difficult time in one of these areas. What we must realize is that it is
normal to have problems and trials in our path. It is normal to face
difficulties and have heartache as part of our life. It is normal to feel
so overwhelmed that you just want to give up, but what I've learned is
that when we dig our heels in and stand steadfast determined to overcome
that trial, that setback, that heartache, then we will come out of that
situation better, wiser and stronger than we were before it. What we must
remember is that every problem serves a purpose and every trial is there
to help us overcome an area that we are lacking in. Problems can help us
to become more patient, more trusting in God, more faithful in prayer, more
grateful for our blessings and more appreciative for those closest to us.
It is in facing the problem that we find how strong we really can be. It
is in overcoming the trial that we see how much we have learned and
benefited because of it. So my best advice if you are going through the
darkness is to be of good cheer because before you realize it morning will
dawn and joy will be restored. You simply must foresee your end result
even while you are still in the pit. Envisioning the end strengthens our
heart and reinforces our resolve to never give in and never give up. My
philosophy is that if God brings us to it, He will also bring us through
it. There is no trial so difficult that God cannot help us to overcome
it. Let us simply trust in His perfect plan and know that our end result
will be much better, brighter and glorious than any of the former miseries
that we overcame. The Lord deserves all the glory for great things He has
done and for the great things He is still doing. Trust Him with your life
and trust Him even in the midst of your difficulty. The Lord loves you
and calls you His beloved child.
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to be both patient
and steadfast in overcoming the trials before you. No matter what it may
be, stay strong and faithful until your answer comes.
JOY IN THE MORNING
Does this sound familiar?
James was cleaning out the attic one day when he came across a ticket from
a shoe repair shop. The date stamped on the ticket showed it was over
eleven years old. He felt sure the shoes would not still be there, but
decided to stop by anyway and check.
He handed the ticket to the man behind the counter, who didn't seem to be
surprised at the date. “Just a minute,” said the clerk. “I'll have to look
for these.” He disappeared into a back room.
After a few minutes, the clerk called out, “Here they are!”
“That's terrific!” said James, hardly believing his good fortune.
The man came back to the counter, empty-handed. “They'll be ready
Thursday,” he said.
We should all be masters of patience; after all, we've had plenty of
practice. But waiting for shoes is one thing, waiting to heal from a hurt
or waiting for a persistent problem to change can be far more difficult.
James Melvin Washington shared some wisdom about the importance of patience
in those tough times of life. He said, “My grandmother used to tell me that
every loss is temporary, that every rainy day is temporary, that every
hardship is temporary. She used to tell me, 'Son, every goodbye ain't gone.
Just hold on - there's joy coming in the morning.'”
Are you holding on? It may seem dark now, but morning is coming.
By Steve Goodier
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
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