#Pain, #tragedy, #storms, #death, #sickness, #divorce, #murder, #politics,and #wars are constantly before us on the daily #news.  How do those sights and sounds affect you?  Well they leave me feeling mighty helpless evaluating todays’ situations!  From my own perspective, I realize that dispare is coming through my reasoning.”Lean not to your own understanding, Trust in the LORD with all your heart.” Prov.3:5 Could I be like the character in Charlie Brown who walks around with a rain cloud over his head which is filled with gloom?   Paul writes in Colossians  ” That you may walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with JOYFULNESS, giving thanks unto the Father…..who delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: in whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins….As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him”   When Ezra read the law of the Lord before the people they wept! Then he said to them eat/drink make mirth because they had understood the words (of law of Lord) that were read to them…for the JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH. Neh.8   I want Paul’s walk with the Lord to be my example as he wrote in Acts 20 that after many trials, afflictions, and sicknesses. that he counts his life living for Jesus with praise. ” so that I might finish my course with JOY, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”  

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