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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 of the early 1930s. They had no electricity or running water in the rural areas where he grew up. There was no refrigeration, so they carried large blocks of ice from the ice house to keep things cool in a cellar. Money was scarce. No one in the area had a telephone. There was no indoor plumbing. The family shared an outhouse in the backyard. They had none of what most of us take for granted. Yet, they were happy.

    It was a hard life. Yet, there was an incredible generation of people who came out of that era. For when times become hard, people adapt and become tough. The other side of the coin is that just like children 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 really be happy. The reality is that seventy percent of the people who 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. Yet, these trials will only make you better. You will become wiser, stronger, a better person when you come out the other side. Eventually, you will. We need to learn to be content wherever we are, like Paul wrote about in Philippians 4:12.

    We watched a documentary recently on happiness. After a careful study, the researchers 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. That adding more belongings made little difference. Possessions have diminishing returns. Their studies showed that people who lived in poverty in third-world countries were often happier than people living in mansions.

    It turns out that pursuing happiness directly only made it more elusive. While simple things like helping others resulted in a considerable happiness boost. For it is better to give than to receive. When people focused less on themselves and their own needs, it actually caused them to be happier in life.

    I felt the documentary went right along with the teachings of Jesus. 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 to improve the lives of others, and your own happiness will increase. Isn't that amazing?

    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. When you burn a candle at both ends, it won't last very long. Learn to be content where you are, for God has given you 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. Amen!

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Thank you for my family, grandchildren , friends and all your blessings! :) ❤️
Apr 22
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

Amen Pastor, Never forget to count your Blessings! Thank you Father GOD, for everything . For the Good, for the bad and in between. Through it all you are right there with me. Thank you for you son JESUS Christ.

Apr 22
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You for all of Your Blessings

Apr 22
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

Apr 22
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: Apr 22

AMEN.  Twelve years ago today I buried my Mother next to my Dad.   Together for eternity they watch over me and my family. She always said we have a lot to be thankful for.  I love you Mom. AMEN 

Apr 22
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Made me cry. Do unto others is my motto. Beautiful words of love and encouragement. Puts things in perspective. God bless you and your family and everyone that reads your devotional. 

Apr 22
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

We thank you Jesus for all our blessings.We love and worship. Amen 

Apr 22
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Dear Father Thank You For Everything You Have Giving Me And My Family And Friends Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Apr 22
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

It's a great day to be alive, thank you Jesus for the moments that I experience every day with you, in your precious name I pray, Amen!!

Apr 22
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Jesus for everything i have. Thank you for my children,  family,  friends,  and neighbors.  Bless all of them Dear Lord. I only need You and thank you for supplying my needs. Amen 

Apr 22
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

Yes Father, make what matters to you matter to me. Thank you for your love, mercies and protection throughout my life. I am very grateful that you'll always be with me. Thank you Pastor Dion for a beautiful devotional. 

Apr 22
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Do, give, pray. Seems so straightforward. Thanks for the encouraging words for this day, Pastor Dion. Lord, please help me see through Your eyes and impress on me what really matters. Thank you! AMEN

Apr 22
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Thank you lord  for  all my blessings  in jesus  name  amen 

Apr 22
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

This is a beautiful message! Thank You Father for all the people you have placed in my life. Thank You for providing for our needs and protecting us. I am grateful for You and Your plans, Amen!

Apr 22
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Cristy Herzberg
Cristy Herzberg

Yes we are all so blessed ! This was indeed a wonderful devotional!

Apr 22
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for all of my blessings and for the life I love 

Apr 22
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Cristy Herzberg
Cristy Herzberg

Amen ! 

Apr 22
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

I owed my life to You Heavenly Father, You have shown me what a happy life is about. Thank You for all Your blessings and care and for showing me how important is to be as You see me through Your eyes, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Praise the Lord almighty. 

Awesome message Pastor, thank you for showing us the real meaning of living a blessed life through Jesus word. God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

Apr 22
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Cristy Herzberg
Cristy Herzberg

Amen !

Apr 22
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

PRAISE THE LORD. I was born in the early 50's in a third world country. I know how to be poor, and be content and happy for GOD IS SOO FAITHFUL that we (our family) get through all of this.  We are here now in Canada with my siblings (one still in the Philippines ). Let us all continue to do good and kind to one another and to all.  

Apr 22
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Cristy Herzberg
Cristy Herzberg

Yes living in the moment with gratitude / what a wonderful reminder! I love how easy your words are to understand and after two weeks of doing this devotionals I have to say thank you so much. They mean so much to me

Apr 22
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes amen Lord Jesus 

Apr 22
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Apr 22
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Mary Thompson
Mary Thompson

I don't know if I have lost my boyfriend or not.  I have not heard from him in 3 days.  He is so special and I have a very special feeling for him.  Please LORD, open his heart to me and hold me.  In JESUS name, Amen

Apr 23
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Lucille Uncapher
Lucille Uncapher

Praying he comes back to you and work out what is wrong.

Apr 23