Good reminder


So I'm sure you, like the rest of us, have put up a few Fall items in your house, even if it is hard. There's something about Fall that makes me want to curl up in my favorite chair with my comfy blanket and a great book! Today, though, as I was lounging in my favorite chair this decoration was staring at me straight in the eye.

Give Thanks to The Lord!

           And it made me stop in my tracks, realizing I had been grumbling all day about how I never get a break from pain (you too?). Why does this decoration have to be staring at me? Today I don't FEEL like being thankful. I FEEL like crying, wishing THIS wasn't my life anymore. 

                                 Oh, How It's Easy To Wallow

            Bitter feelings, deep down begin to surface and I begin thinking of all the ways I'm not thankful. This is the ugly side of chronic pain. The side that just can't focus on BEING thankful. How do I do that right now? How do I help others do that right now, in the midst of terrible pain?

We Get Our Eyes Off Of Ourselves 

           This isn't easy. Our flesh wants to keep the focus on ME-ME-ME...
But God, (I love those two words) has a much bigger PLAN. You see, the pain we struggle with is there to teach us more about Jesus, to draw us nearer to the Father, and remind us to give thanks! There is OH so much to be THANKFUL for. 

I Urge You To Read 2 Corinthians 4:6-18

           Oh what a blessing it would be if I would REMEMBER these verses

God has given us THIS pain to show the world His grace--I can't do this THING called pain by myself. I need Him-and so do many others-(Be thankful!)
God has saved us (Be thankful!).  
All glory and power is in the Lord's hands (Be thankful!).
We are in pain, but it's momentary (Be thankful!).
We are not forsaken by our God (Be thankful!).
This pain is preparing us for an eternal glory we can't comprehend (Be thankful!).
One day...we will be in the presence of the Lord (Be thankful!).
So what do we do?

We Give Thanks To Our Most Gracious Lord


To those who don't believe and trust in Jesus as their Savior:
You are separated from God by your sin and do not have this hope to look forward to. I urge you, beg you, to sek forgiveness from the Lord, repent from your sinful ways, and turn to Christ. Then, He will save you and you will have an eternal inheritance waiting for you-free from pain, free to love the Lord, and free from sin.


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