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868th -- Your Own Spring


The joy that is in our hearts should never be based upon how good or bad 
our life is going in that moment. Our joy should remain constant knowing
that every trial that comes our way serves a purpose to make us stronger,
wiser and better than we were before. By having our hearts filled with 
joy, we eliminate any chances of it getting filled with sorrow, resentment,
discouragement, and you're welcome to fill in any other item that has 
been knocking on your door. By choosing to see the good that is before us
helps us to see that life is worth living and our life can be used for our
betterment as well as for the betterment of those around us. See yourself
as special and unique and filled with God's gifts. (Philippians 4:4-8)

The Lord has us alive in this day and time because we are meant to 
accomplish something special. Some of us still don't know what that is, 
but that's okay. By continuing to have a cheerful attitude and seeing the
joys of life that abound, you are opening the door for God's will to be 
revealed in your life. Be encouraged to allow Joy to overtake your life.
Allow yourself to look at the good, to see your blessings, to focus on 
things that are above and not beneath you. By changing your attitude, 
you're changing your life's path. (Psalm 34:1-8) (Habakkuk 3:17-19)

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to see the good in
yourself and in those around you. By being a people of praise, we will be
making a difference that can never be erased.


I sent my Aunt another birthday card today. It was nowhere near her 
birthday but that didn’t matter. You see, my Aunt has lived over eighty 
years in this world. She has done her best to make each and every day of 
them too a celebration of love, kindness, giving, and good cheer. I saw no
reason to limit such a beautiful soul to just one card a year.

The card I sent her this time had a beautiful Spring scene on the front of
it. It was full of blossoming trees and blooming flowers. It felt 
especially good sending it out today too, because I had just finished my 
second round of shoveling out the drive in two days. A foot and a half of
freshly fallen snow had covered everything, closed schools, and made any 
flowers in the ground here shiver and think twice about ever coming out again.

As I mailed out my Aunt’s card, though, I remembered one of the many things
that I have learned from her over the years. “If you want to make it 
through life’s Winter days then you have to carry your own Spring within 
you.” That is what she always did. Even when the heaviest of snows fell in 
her life, her spirit stayed sunny. Even when this world was cold and 
bitter, she still warmed everyone around her with her laughter and her
smile. Even when she had to dig out from under life’s pains and troubles,
she always carried a flower garden of faith, love and caring in her heart.

Spring will be here soon, I know. In life, however, Winter days can come 
at any time and in any season. If you are going through some right now 
remember that God loves you. Remember that each day you wake up is another
day that you can be reborn in love and joy. Remember that even when you 
are shoveling snow in the world, you can still be planting flowers in your
soul. And remember that even when Winter drags on and on, you can still 
share your Spring.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them 
that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things,
but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of
all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
all men.”

Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace
unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are
sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and 
anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all 
malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one 
another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”

Galatians 6:2-4 “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of 
Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he
deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall 
he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”

Romans 15:1-4 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the
weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour
for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not Himself; but, as 
it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on Me. For
whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, 
that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

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

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In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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