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730th -- One Glad Dad


No matter the trials or hardships that come our way, we should always keep
in mind that lessons can be learned and experiences made that otherwise we
would never have realized. When difficult situations come your way, do not
see them as obstacles hindering your happiness, but rather see them as 
opportunities for you to grow, learn, and become better than you were 
before. If everything went perfectly in life, then we would never 
appreciate the grace and mercy of God that extends to all those who are 
downtrodden or brokenhearted. Be encouraged to appreciate everything in 
your life. Take the good as well as the bad and have an open spirit 
allowing the Lord to teach and mold you through every experience that life
brings before you. (Proverbs 3:11-14) (2 Corinthians 12:8-10) (Philippians 4:12)

I hope this message ministers to your heart to be thankful for all that you
have in your life. Do not allow yourself to murmur and complain when tough
times come your way, but rather see each trial as your chance to learn from
and become better than you were before.


I am one glad dad these days. I feel so very blessed. Every day I thank God
for these three wonderful souls He sent to be my children. They all have 
such beautiful spirits. They all bring joy to me and to the world around 
them every single day. It is always such a pleasure to take walks around 
town with my oldest son. He has more people say “Hi” to him in a day than I
do in a week. This is because his goodness and friendliness touches the 
hearts of everyone he meets. My youngest son rarely speaks at all, yet his
spirit shines in other ways. His spontaneous joy and delight in the 
simplest things makes me smile and his wonderful laughter sounds as 
beautiful as an angel’s song. Both of my sons do have Autism, but Autism 
doesn’t have them.

My boys also remind me that sometimes the brightest souls come to Earth in
disguise. They come hidden in broken bodies and handicapped minds. They 
come needing our help and care, yet at the same time they show the rest of
us how to live. They go around spreading love, sharing joy, and shining 
God’s light. And they help us to realize that we can do the same.

Those who know them often become better because of them too. I know that my
daughter’s kind, giving, and loving heart has grown stronger and more 
beautiful because of them. She has had to face a lot growing up with two 
“special” brothers, but she has used it all to become the wonderful, young
woman she is today. Her own spirit glows so brightly. She has already 
become one of those shining souls who makes the world a better place just
by being in it.

I think that I will remain one glad dad for all of my days here. Life has
given me a lot of challenges and struggles to face, but God has given me 
the love, joy, and strength to face them. Life has given me two handicapped
sons to raise and care for, but Heaven has blessed me with three shining 
souls to show me what it means to live and what it means to love.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

2 Corinthians 4:7-10 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that 
the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled 
on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing 
about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus 
might be made manifest in our body.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify 
one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know 
them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish 
you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be 
at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are 
unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”

Psalm 91:1-4 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall
abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my
refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall 
deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou 
trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”

Hebrews 13:5-6 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be 
content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

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

Today's Selected Poem: IT TOOK A MIRACLE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem47.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: JESUS STILL HEALS TODAY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony35.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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