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A Wonderful Life

  • Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into various temptations, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. Let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2 WEB

    My Dad was born during the great depression in the early 1930s. They had no electricity or running water in the rural areas where he grew up. There was no refrigeration, so they had to carry blocks of ice from the ice house in order to keep things cool in a cellar. Money was scarce. No one in the area had a telephone, and the family shared an outhouse. They had none of what most of us take for granted...but they were happy.

    It was a hard life, but there was an incredible generation of people that came out of that era. When times became hard, the people adapted and became tough. The other side of the coin is that like a child, when life becomes too easy, we tend to become spoiled, unthankful, and unhappy. Bored.

    We often think that if we had such and such, then we would be happy. The reality is that seventy percent of the people that win the lottery, end badly. Many commit suicide, and their divorce rate is four times that of the national average. That doesn't sound that happy.

    Many people are having it tough today and are going through so much just to live, but these trials will only make you better. You will become a wiser, stronger, better person when you come out the other side, and eventually you will. We need to learn to be content, wherever we are like Paul wrote in Philippians 4:12.

    We watched a documentary recently on happiness and after a careful study, they found that your circumstances only account for ten percent of your total happiness level. After your basic needs were met like food, water, and shelter, adding more belongings made little difference. They found that people who lived in poverty in third world countries, were often happier than people living in a mansion in America.

    It turns out that pursuing happiness directly, only made it more elusive, while things like simply helping others, resulted in a huge happiness boost. When people focused less on themselves and on their own needs, it actually caused them to be happier in life.

    I felt that it went right along with scripture. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Give, and it will be given unto you. Pray for others, and your own circumstances will change. So seek the happiness of others, and your own happiness will improve.

    When your faith is stretched, it will come back stronger. Just like you have to stress a muscle to make it grow, so does your faith. Don't get too stressed out in the hard times. Pace yourself. If you burn the candle at both ends, it will not last very long. Learn to be content where you are, for you already have a wonderful life.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You today for the wonderful life that You have given me. I appreciate all that You have blessed me with. Please help me see through Your eyes and impress on me what really matters. Make what is important to You, important to me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning, just a reminder that our Wednesday RHM Live worship service is happening tonight! This special time includes live music, a video teaching, as well as interactive prayer and fellowship in our RHM Live chatroom. All members are invited to join us at 7pm EST (we recommend that you arrive about 15 minutes beforehand for fellowship and to make sure the streaming is working for you). The page where it will happen is here: RHM Live Page


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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

December 20, 2017
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Denise  Gaines
Denise Gaines

Amen

December 20, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

December 20, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen, Eternal Life, is there anything that can make you more happy than that?

December 20, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank You Father for all You give me, Amen!

December 20, 2017
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

Amen! Thank you God for this wonderful life You have given me!! 

December 20, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 20, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

I thank you Jesus for all my blessings.I love and worship you. Amen 

December 20, 2017
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

So true  amen

December 20, 2017
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Jennifer Nielsen
Jennifer Nielsen

AMEN !

December 20, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen giving to others brings joy into our lives, as we turn our focus to others and off of our own problems, joy can be found in putting a smile on someone's face or hugging a friend in need. We find our troubles fade as we reach out and as the commercial said, "touch someone".

December 20, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father,let it be Your will not mine. Help me to help others in any way I can following Your designs. In Jesus name I pray,Amen. 

Thank you Pastor Dion for this message. 

December 20, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Lord please help us to be content in what ever state we are in, not only asking this for myself, but also all of my loved ones far and near! Please stand with us in times of testing and trials, be our strength and shield! Let us thank Thee and praise Your Holy Name in all circumstances! Fill us with Thy compassion and love as we serve others! I ask and pray in the holy name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

December 20, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord, amen 

December 20, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 20, 2017
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

December 21, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I thank You today for the wonderful life that You have given me. I appreciate all that You have blessed me with. Please help me see through Your eyes and impress on me what really matters. Make what is important to You, important to me. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

December 21, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

 Heavenly Father I thank You today for the wonderful life that You have given me. I appreciate all that You have blessed me with. Please help me see through Your eyes and impress on me what really matters. Make what is important to You, important to me. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

Thank You Pastor Dion. :-)

December 23, 2017