Proverbs 13:12 “Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.” Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.” When our Father, God, created man, he created him to be His own companion, to walk and talk with Him. He gave man dominion over every living thing. He made us to enjoy life, the earth, the inhabitants of the earth and to be happy, joyous, living life to the fullest. It is the fault of man that the air of this earth became Satan’s property to do with as he would. Now we cope with disease, pollution of land and sea, danger on every hand and, most of all, unhappiness. In speaking to a person last night, hearing all the problems of a spouse that was hung up on alcohol, pornography and unfaithfulness to their vows, I felt heart-sick, I prayed. There are so many around from which I hear the outpouring of cries for help, it makes me sad. As the Proverb says, when we are constantly disappointed and upset, we open the gates that protect our health so that along with being unhappy, we become sick. Is anyone, anything, any material thing worth giving up your hope, your health, your life for? I say NO! 1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” Don’t worry about tomorrow, just live for today, start following Jesus, each step of the way. Jeremiah 29:11 “I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out-plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” At the risk of being redundant, I will say that this is the time we reflect on Christmas past, and wonder what will happen in Christmas future. We feel a full range of emotion from joy to despair, and everything in between even when there are no big problems in our lives, but for those that are suffering from any loss, whether it is from the death of a close loved one, divorce, loss of job, all the things that bring us further down, then it is even worse. Sharing something personal here, today, I am divorced and one week from today, December 18th, would have been my wedding anniversary, my children and grandchildren are all leaving for a weeks stay at Disney in a few days and here I sit writing about despair, why? Because I was feeling a little of that myself this morning! Now what? God takes care of me and I have no complaints, my children are healthy and happy and exactly where they want to be today, I still believe in the Word of God, what else do I need? I have HOPE! Luke 21:28 “And when these things begin to happen, then look up, life up your heads; for your redemption draws near!” An old chorus, my paternal grandfather would often sing, says, “Jesus breaks every fetter, Jesus breaks every fetter, Jesus breaks every fetter and He sets me free” A “fetter” is a chain, shackle or leg iron used to bind a prisoner. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, Lazarus came forth bound in his grave-clothes. Jesus said to friends of Lazarus, who were standing around watching this miracle, “Loose him and let him go free!” Jesus raised him, but He had the friends to take off the final bindings. That is what we do for each other, I pray for you, you pray for me, we pray for each other and those who ask, helping to loose those chains! Don’t give up hope, God loves you and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
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Thank you for stopping by for a visit! If you read my thoughts you will see that I am sometimes serious, at other times sappy or funny, occasionally I am sad and sentimental, but I am always sincere! I am a single mother who raised two children, born ten years apart and different sexes so first it was bows and dolls, pretty dresses and boys! When my son was born it was rough and tumble games, baseball, soccer, wrestling and girls! I am known for my "smile" and for my default answer to any situation, "no problem", which was something I didn't realize I did until it was pointed out to me! I am a moon watcher and a star gazer. I am astounded and feel so small knowing that every creature that has ever walked the face of this earth has gazed upon that same beautiful orb that my eyes can behold on any night when the earth is not wearing her cloak of clouds. My parents have made me the person that I am. Their love, veracity in all areas of life, humor and passion for their work and each other have given me hope that my life can actually be a happy one! Chances are if you are reading this you already know all this but again, I appreciate your stopping by! While you're here hit the "Like" button for me and thanks for checking in! View all posts by harolene