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931st -- The First Leaf


With the mundane routines of daily life, we sometimes forget how special 
we truly are. We don't remember our gifts and talents and we believe the
lie that we are on this Earth merely existing. What we should do is bring
into remembrance what God says about us. He calls us special, unique, 
original, blessed, inspired, lifted up and the apple of His eye. The Lord
sees us much more highly than we sometimes see ourselves and we need to be
reminded of how special we really are to Him. No matter the discouragements
that come our way, we can learn the lesson, rise up from it and become 
better than we were before. (Zechariah 2:8) (Jeremiah 29:11)

By learning from the lessons of life, we can use what we've learned to 
better our life, to remain strong in the midst of other trials and to 
realize that God will not bring us to a situation unless He already knew 
that we were strong enough to overcome it. Be encouraged to see how loved
you truly are. You are a strong individual who is well able to rise up 
again, be all that God made you to be and accomplish all that is within 
your heart. Believe in yourself as God believes in you and you will 
accomplish great things in this life. (Isaiah 54:17) (Ephesians 6:10)

I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to believe in 
yourself again. See how special you are. Revive the gifts within you to
bless your life as well as the lives of those around you.


It was an early August night. Even with the fans on, the heat was stifling
as I tried to sleep. I awoke early, wiped the sweat from my forehead, and
took my dogs out for their morning walk. The lone Maple tree in my 
backyard kept a quiet watch on the rising sun. As I walked over to it, I 
was surprised to see the first red leaf of the year glowing in the grass 
below it.

I gently picked up the red leaf and smiled. In the midst of the Summer’s 
heat and humidity, it signaled the coming Fall. It was leading the way to
a glorious change that would soon take place. I could feel the cooler 
breezes blowing on my face. I could see the trees covered with thousands 
of red, yellow, burgundy, and orange leaves shimmering in the sunlight. I
could see the forests and mountains here painted by Heaven’s own hand. I 
could feel the joy of a beautiful Autumn awakening in my soul.

I took the little leaf into my home so I could see it every day. I still 
smile every time I look at it. It reminds me that there is a radiant, red
leaf in all of us just waiting to come out. It reminds me that on the 
hottest Summer’s day and coldest Winter’s night we can still share our 
love and joy with others. It reminds me that our purpose is to add the 
colors of Heaven to the sometimes grey world around us. I only wish that I
had been the first leaf of Fall instead of such a late changer myself.

Whether you changed sooner or later isn’t important, however. What is 
important is that you shine today. What matters is that you make this 
world a better and more loving place now. Let your true colors out then. 
Share a smile. Give a hug. Say a kind word. Feed the hungry. Visit the 
lonely. Comfort the crying. Care for the hurting. Show others just how 
much God loves them from the life you lead. Then your soul will glow like
the leaves of Heaven.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

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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