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924th -- What Did I Ever Do?


When life seems overwhelming as it sometimes does, we should remember to 
keep things in perspective. Many times we focus so much on the bad that 
we are currently going through that we don't take time to realize how 
temporary that situation is. We must remember that in life we will 
experience all emotions. We will have good times and bad, laughter and 
tears, happiness and sadness, feelings of optimism and pessimism and 
moments of triumph and despair. We will experience all of these emotions 
in life, but what we must always remember is that the good times will 
greatly outweigh the bad. We just have to be steady and know to be patient
because whatever bad is trying to discourage our hearts will soon pass 
away. Never give in to those negative feelings even if life seems too much
to handle in that moment. Life is never too much to handle because God is 
able to take our heavy burden and ease it with His gentle Spirit. (John 16:33)

All we have to do is simply call upon the Lord and ask for His ever-present
help. The Bible declares in Psalm 103:8 “The Lord is merciful and 
gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” The Lord is our strong
tower and our solid rock. He is our portion for peace even when everything
else around us is crumbling. The Lord can restore unto us peace like we've
never felt so let us remember His goodness and know that life can be lived
to the full if only we keep our remembrance that the good times will come
again and will greatly overshadow any bad that came our way in times past.
Be encouraged to remember to take it easy if you are going through a rough
time right now. It will get better; that is a guaranteed promise. Just be
patient and see what great things will soon come your way. (Isaiah 26:3-4)

I hope this message challenges your heart to see that no matter what 
overwhelming situations come your way, you can get past it and in time 
become better because of it.


This is a true story. That's all I will say. Enjoy! Many years ago when
my children were very little, I asked the question, “Oh Lord, what did I 
ever do?” It was a very rainy day and rained right through the night. We 
awoke fairly early in the morning to one of the most memorable mornings of
our lives.

It started normal enough until I opened my boy’s door, then everything 
became disoriented and I felt like I just entered the Twilight Zone. My 
husband said I screamed but I don’t remember that, all I remember is what
was right before my eyes. A disaster area, one like I have never seen before.

The room was totally destroyed. The Bedspreads, sheets and pillowcases 
were off the bunk beds. The closet doors were off the hinges and propped 
up against the top bunk bed, like a sliding shoot. The curtains were down
and out the window along with all the bedding, their clothes out of the 
opened drawers, and about twenty-five pairs of high-heeled shoes that I 
had stored in their closets. At that point, I don’t even think I realized
it was raining outside and the mess I had waiting for me out there. I only
knew the one I had in front of me. The room was unrecognizable.

My two little boys sat there looking at me like I lost my mind. They loved
their new room and were having a ball sliding down the new shoot. Very 
inventive but I didn’t think of that either. How in the world did they 
lift those huge closet doors off the track and onto the bed? But I wasn’t
impressed with that either, at least not then.

My husband was just as stunned and speechless as I was. All we could do is
take it all in and try to keep our shock and horror in check. He stood 
both boys in the corner and told them, “don’t move, until we get this room
cleaned up.”

“Can you leave the doors there daddy?” our oldest son asked. “AND don’t 
talk either,” he replied.

It took us hours that day to get the room back to normal. I had to wash 
everything that was thrown out the window. The poor shoes couldn’t be 
saved; they were completely ruined along with every nerve in my husband’s
body and mine.

Oh yes, I asked that question that day and a few others along the way 
until their adulthood. But not once did I ever wish for a life without 
them, for it wouldn’t have been a life at all.

By Bonnie May

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall 
continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the
humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and 
let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and 
delivered me from all my fears.”

Isaiah 40:28-29 “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the
everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth
not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding. He 
giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth

Psalm 34:17-19 “The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth 
them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a
broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the 
afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.”

Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless
His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who 
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's.”

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

Today’s Selected Poem: WISDOM OF THE SOUL
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem182.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: SAND OR GRAVEL?
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony101.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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