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1116th -- Closer To Home


Through the many trials and tribulations that we go through in life we 
sometimes feel overwhelmed and unable to handle the stresses that come 
with those situations. What we must remember and keep in mind is that 
there is comfort in the midst of chaos and there is peace in the midst of 
the storm. The Lord is able to calm our hearts when we feel overwhelmed 
or unable to continue on and His sustenance is enough to help us through 
to the other side. No matter the pain, the heart ache and the setbacks 
that we go through in life we can have confidence in the Lord that all 
will be well. We simply must trust that God is in control of all things 
and nothing can come our way without His knowledge or without Him already 
making provision for us even when we can't see it for ourselves.

Walking by faith means that the road ahead of us may be rocky to our 
natural eyes, but below that road there is a strength holding it up so 
securely that nothing or no one will be able to move us from it. We can 
walk in confidence in the midst of the storm, in the midst of the trial, 
in the midst of the struggle and we can know that we will not be moved not 
because of our own strength or ability, but because of the strength of the 
Lord. He holds us securely in the palms of His hands and nothing will be 
able to take us out of them. Let your trust in the Lord be at an all time 
high and always remember and keep in mind that nothing can come your way 
without God already knowing about it.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to know that God is 
our comfort and strength when times of struggle come our way.


It was near the end of Summer in my 16th year. I was riding gloomily in 
the back seat of a large van heading down an endless interstate. I was at 
the end of a two week road trip with several other teenagers to visit a 
seminary college in Iowa. Along the way I had spent several days in 
Pittsburgh, Chicago, and on the road. I felt tired, lonely, and homesick. 
It was the longest I had ever been away from my family.

I glanced out my window and suddenly my heart leapt up. There in the 
distance I could see them: the beautiful mountains of my home. After days 
and days on the dry, brown plains I finally saw the green hills that I 
grew up in again. As we got closer and closer to those glorious 
Appalachian mountains I felt myself growing happier and happier. My face 
lit up, my smile returned, and my eyes moistened. There was a warmth 
filling my spirit. It felt so good to be going home. It was such a joy to 
be headed back to the place that I was raised. It was such a blessing to 
finally know that I was almost back where I belonged.

Looking back on that memory makes me wonder what it will be like when I 
finally return to my true home. Even for the longest life this world is 
just a temporary residence. It is a place that we learn, love, and grow in 
but it isn’t really home. Our true home lies beyond this world and its 
love, light, joy, and beauty are beyond my words to describe. Our true 
home is Heaven, it is where our family awaits us, and it is where our 
spirits all long to be.

Until I reach that blessed place, though, I will do my best to enjoy each 
day of life’s journey here. I will do my best to use every moment to get a 
little closer to home. I will do my best to travel through life with a 
loving heart, a joyous smile, and a giving spirit. I will do my best to 
keep God in my soul until the day when my soul returns to God.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we 
look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not 
seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are 
not seen are eternal.”

Psalm 138:6-8 “Though the LORD be high, yet hath He respect unto the 
lowly: but the proud He knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of 
trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against 
the wrath of mine enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me. The LORD will 
perfect that which concerneth me: Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: 
forsake not the works of Thine own hands.”

Jeremiah 33:2-3 “Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that 
formed it, to establish it; the LORD is His name; Call unto Me, and I will 
answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. 

Today’s Selected Poem: YOU ARE IMPORTANT
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem134.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: I'M AN OVERCOMER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony76.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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