It’s 6 am and as soon as I started to seek the Lord I realize I’m feeling happy in my spirit. As singer James Brown says in one of his most famous songs “I feel Good”.  How can this be?  This morning I have a painful sinus infection so I’ll be seeing my doctor today, I suffer daily with many medical conditions and have to take a lot of medication, I’ve had past financial catastrophes that are still hanging over my head,, my mom just passed in February of this year, my car is 14 years old…and on and on…. need I say more.

But despite all this I AM HAPPY!!! Why, how can this be?  I have put my trust in God and He has given me His peace and strength. I live off of His daily mercies and I’m filled with His amazing grace.

My mother in law who is with the Lord now…..Alice Nemley…..suffered with so many physical ailments. She had too many surgeries and hospitalizations to count.  One of her most challenging problems was congestive heart failure.  She would go into cardiac arrest on several occasions and had to be put on life support, but she always survived. I could not believe all she went through. One day I asked her “mom how do you go through all of this and still keep going?” She paused and the handed me a small book. I felt like Dorothy in the wizard of Oz when she was looking for answers.  The name of this book was….Asked for Healing Given Grace by Margaret James. This book is still available, Here’s the link:

https://www.clcpublications.com/shop/asked-for-healing-given-grace/
I was like……I asked you this deep question and you give me this little book. ( I only thought that I didn’t say it out loud)  I glanced through it briefly but didn’t look at it until just a few years ago.
I remember being very sick and thinking that this was just too much for me and that little book turned up while I looking in a draw for something.  I sat down and read that book all in one sitting and cried. What a healing in my heart and spirit man that day.  I have thought  a lot about  my mother in law….Alice Nemley….. and what she bravely went through.   I didn’t know it then that she had given me such a wonderful gift.  I got her message to me after all!
God knew just when I would need that book. He saw it in my future and made sure it turned up just at the right time. To God be all the Glory!
So yes…I’m going through a lot………BUT……..GOD!!!!! I can’t say enough good about Him so I’ll just say BUT GOD.  I want to leave you with some scriptures:

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

 Lamentations 3:22-23    Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Psalms 23:4   Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Message for today: You can be happy in your trials….. if you trust God…..read the scriptures…..and pray!
You’ll be smiling in no time!!!

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