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by M S Austin-Campo
11/14/08
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Everytime I hear someone speaking about how wonderful everything is, how beautiful everything is . . . how so much is so trouble free . . . I ask the Lord. "Lord, where am I?"

Everytime I hear someone speaking how everything is horrid, everything is bleak, how there is no hope . . . how all is truly vanity . . . I still ask the Lord, "Lord where am I?"

I have found my life, my walk neither all bad or all good.

There has indeed been much tragedy. On the other hand, there has been some awesome moments of great joy. In the big scheme of things I do know this-

He kept me. He bore me up during those tragic times. He also laughed uncontollably with me when hilarity hit about something. He's been there all those times, even when I had tried or even did walk away.

I don't believe in plastic Christianity. I don't believe everything is merry all the time. I do however believe that God gives His own measure of grace to His own. Therefore, each one has ability to walk through (with Him) anything that might come our way.

I also do not believe that everything is hopeless, worthless or awful. Our lives are gifts. Our salvation certainly is a gift and even having purpose here- FOR HIM- is a gift and a privilege.

I don't believe the devil does everything. I think most of what we suffere is probably due to our own actions or our own thought life. Thoughts left to linger usually result in action eventually, or at least the worng mindset. Thoughts or actions outside of God- always always contain flesh-- which usually takes a person off track rather quickly.

Now, I am NOT saying the devil does not exist. Oh no, he most certainly does. In addition- just as there are angels- there are also satan's angels too, denomic forces sent to do as he does- steal, kill and destroy-

For one that truly believes though, . . . this is not a daunting thing. Under out feet is the only place he should be. he only has what power we allow him to have over us.

Even as he tempts us, God always provides "a way out".

No, I would contend that in reality, our biggest foe is usually ourselves.

Unfortunately, most people, sometimes even Christians, feel much more comfortable pointing out to something or someone else, when in reality, . . . often the "buck stops here".

I am really just talking here, sharing my thoguhts. No particular reason.

I just now and again get re-awed by God. Re-fascinated, re-taken, brought back to childlike wonder and amazement.

He amazes me. Astounds me.

He has been a Way Maker in my life, not only thinking of me before I ever was, not only calling me after I was here . . . but just every day. Every day-

I don;t want to take for granted all that He has done, all He does.

Do you know that sometimes literally, I have been concerned for even the smallest of things-

I haven't even bothered to ask Him about it-
but then in a blink- He takes care of it for me.

Like someone in love---- like little love notes just to me.

It amazes me that a God so big could love someone so very little and insignificant- at least in most eyes-----------

Care enough to "take care of" the smallest of things. & Let me tell you, He is detail oriented!

So today- I ust encourage all of you-- my unseen, unknown friends-

Take inventory. & Be thankful. & Tell Him. Sing it, say it, write it- or just BE it---
but . . . tell Him.

God bless.



If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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