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769th -- Shoveling Snow


We should never allow the joy that is within our hearts to subside simply
because difficult situations come our way. We must continually have a 
praise filled attitude giving thanks to the Lord for every gift and 
blessing that is in our lives. We are to see our cups as half full and 
never as half empty. We are to focus on the bright side of things and not
allow the spirit of murmuring to take root in our hearts. We have much to
be thankful for. We have much to give praise for. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

Let us move forward with our lives seeing the good and not bad. Let the 
Lord know that you are thankful and appreciative for your life. Be 
specific when giving thanks to the Lord. Let God know this day that your 
eyes are focused on Him and not on any negative situation that has tried 
to steal your joy. Be encouraged to go through your day with a refreshed 
mindset seeing the many blessings that surround you. (Psalm 139:14-18)

I hope this message ministers to your heart to never grumble or complain 
when the opportunity is presented. Always be quick to magnify the Lord 
above any negative situation because when we show that God is bigger than
our problems, they all soon seem minuscule in comparison.


I woke up the other day to find that 10 inches of freshly fallen snow was
waiting for me outside my door. The flakes were still falling heavily too.
I didn’t want my little dogs drowning in it, so I reluctantly pulled on my
heavy coat and grabbed the snow shovel to make a path. I had only gotten a
little done however, when the handle of my old snow shovel broke with a 
“snap.” Laughing and shaking my head I decided then and there to wait out
the storm for awhile.

It was late in the afternoon when the snow finally stopped and I trudged 
over to my Dad’s house to borrow his shovel and try again. By then the 10
inches of snow had turned into a foot and a half. I started out slow 
setting a steady pace and stopping to rest whenever my back started to 
ache. After a while though, the clouds finally broke and the sun peeked 
out to cheer me on.

The work seemed a lot easier then even though it was warmer. I even sang a
few Christmas carols and smiled up at God while I cleared out the drives,
cleaned off the cars, and shoveled out the paths. After an hour of hard 
work the job was finally done. Laughing, I let the child that still lives
inside of me fall back into the snow and make a snow angel for the angels
in Heaven to see. It felt good walking back to my house after a job well 
done. It felt even better looking around at this wonderful world of white.
But it felt best of all knowing that God and His angels were watching over
me with a love that passes all understanding.

I don’t know why life sometimes gives us Spring days and sometimes dumps a
ton of snow on us. I do know however, that we can pray, laugh, love, and 
choose joy through it all. God loves us always. He comforts our souls and
warms our hearts on the coldest Winter days. He laughs with us when our 
snow shovels break and smiles down on us when we make a snow angel. He is
with us forever and that is the greatest gift of all.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you,
that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore
choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”

Psalm 3:4-8 “I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and He heard me out of 
His holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD 
sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have 
set themselves against me round about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: 
for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast 
broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: Thy 
blessing is upon Thy people. Selah.”

Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed 
on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for
in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”

Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my 
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my 
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving 
strength of His anointed.”

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

Today's Selected Poem: IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem54.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: JESUS IS THE FAITHFUL PROVIDER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony96.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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