God’s Got This

A man went to see his doctor because he was suffering from a miserable cold. His doctor prescribed some pills, but they didn’t help.

On his next visit the doctor gave him a shot, but that didn’t do any good.

On his third visit the doctor told the man, “Go home and take a hot bath. As soon as you finish bathing throw open all the windows and stand in the draft.”

“But doc,” protested the patient, “if I do that, I’ll get pneumonia.”

“I know,” said the doctor, “I can cure pneumonia.”

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God is Good

In December of 2008, I had surgery to investigate and remove a thyroid nodule.  The diagnosis came back as Papillary Thyroid Cancer with metastasis to the delphian lymph nodes.  That was hard news.  Christmas was just a couple of weeks away.  Ten years prior (1998), my father was diagnosed with oat cell lung cancer at Christmas. Ten years prior to his diagnosis (1988), my mother was diagnosed with stage 4-colon cancer at Christmas.  As you can guess, this was not a family trend that I wanted to see continue and, if God is good, what in the world was going on?

As Christians, we celebrate Advent and Christmas with joyous remembrances of Christ’s birth, and with a hungering expectation of His return.  Both of my parents succumbed to their disease within 9 to 11 months of their diagnoses. So, it was hard to find joy in the holidays when surrounded by death. I had to remind myself that God is good: Christ was born, and Christ himself faced and defeated death, so that we might live again.

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Never Losing Sight

Recently my life had an unexpected result come about and it brought my level of reflection to new heights. I had found out about a new opportunity for a job change and it was directly up my line of work, and fit my passions extremely well. Never losing sight of my goal, I prepped hard for this job, and yet, I found I had been removed from the program with no explanation. This was something that shocked, hurt, and deeply confused me.

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In the words of Billy Graham …

Billy Graham was undeniably a man filled with the wisdom of God who spoke the truth to a world hungry for guidance and peace. No frills. Nothing fancy; just the truth spoken in love.

This Is Not My Home:

“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”

“Heaven is full of answers for which nobody ever bothered to ask.”

“God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”

“The moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our first in heaven.”

“No, I don’t know the future, but I do know this: the best is yet to be! Heaven awaits us, and that will be far, far more glorious than anything we can ever imagine.”

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In the words of God …

Do you ever wonder who to turn to? Who can help you in your time of need or despair? Do you ever wish you had someone special to share your joy with? In the words of God, you will find the help you seek, and you will find a Father that loves you more than you could ever imagine.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. – Joshua 1:7

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