The fog of despair



Dear Family of our Lord Jesus Christ,












Amen and Amen….Godly Wisdom……we dig into God’s Word again today……….








1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 (KJV) “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” 

Amen! Praise God! Hallelujah!!!!!!!
Keep your eye’s on Jesus Christ, be guided by Him and Him only! Amen!
Don’t turn to the left or right!
Godly Wisdom!
It’s all about God and His way and His Word!
Ever ate Crow?
Eating Crow
Sharon Jaynes
 Today’s Truth
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever, (1 Chronicles 16:34, NIV).
Friend to Friend
Sometimes we like what life serves up—and sometimes we don’t. But most of the time, it simply depends on the attitude of the person holding the spoon. Such was the case one evening when I went to dinner with friends to the Sanitary Fish Market. I know that is a strange name for a seafood restaurant, but it was a great place that everyone frequented in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Because the food was good, I guess it was an added perk to know that it was sanitary as well.
When I was 18, I had dinner at the Sanitary with some friends. Three of us were Christians and usually took a moment to ask a blessing before we ate a meal, but we had not eaten in a restaurant with Larry before. Larry was a macho man who claimed to be in control of his own destiny. He didn’t need God. So when we bowed our heads to pray, Larry held his head high as if to say, “I might be at the same table with these people, but I’m not one of them.”
We all ordered clam chowder as an appetizer. We had the same waitress and same chowder from the same pot. We three Holy Rollers (the name we acquired because of a ten-second prayer) dipped our spoons into our bowls and tasted chowder full of tender clams and steamy potatoes.
Then proud Larry dipped in his spoon to retrieve only broth. “Why is your chowder full of clams and potatoes,” he demanded, “and all I have is broth?”
 Larry was about to call the waitress over to complain when I looked up and said, “Well, maybe it’s because we asked God to bless ours and you didn’t.”
Larry didn’t complain to the fine people at the Sanitary but ate crow instead.
Just as we listen to God day-by-day, He is listening to us. And nothing warms His heart like a grateful and thankful heart. What is He hearing from you today?
Let’s Pray
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for everything! Help me to always have a grateful heart that never ceases to be amazed and awed at Your protection and provision in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
The Fog of Despair…………..
I looked at the gift. It looked SO different than the others under the tree. It was so carefully wrapped and even had a ribbon tied in a bow. In rich red paper it was beautiful! THIS gift was larger than the others too. Something was missing… It didn’t have a name on it. I couldn’t ask whose it was; it seemed too special. I just looked in wonder. Just having it under the tree added something special to Christmas.
That Christmas, along with other holidays, was not special. Holidays, in my home, were filled with lots of drinking.
Drinking always led to yelling. . .
Yelling led to fights. . .
Fights sometimes went beyond words . . .
In our home the “special” had been lost in holiday events. This Christmas in particular was framed in angry discussions of job loss and financial stress.  I overheard a lot.
The GIFT was so mysterious; it was a blaze of red color in my black and white world. It captured my mind.
I could hardly contain myself as the time came to open presents! I am the youngest of four. Presents were handed out in order, oldest to youngest. Each time another gift was handed out the anticipation built.
It did not go to my sister. . .
My oldest brother did not get it. . .
My middle brother was given the box next to it. . .
Next, my mom’s hand reached for THE gift . . . my world went into slow motion when she handed THE mysterious, beautifully wrapped gift to me! For just a moment I didn’t move. Maybe it was a mistake… then I saw the hidden tag; it said, “To Mike from Santa.”   It was real. It was for me. My fingers began to un-wrap the box; I was still in disbelief.  As the paper fell away, I could hardly believe my eyes; a brand new pair of black ice skates. New for ME!  Being the youngest boy with two older brothers almost nothing was new coming to me. Now right in front of me were brand new shiny ice skates.
I remember nothing else of that day beyond skating up and down the ice covered country roads. I was the only one thankful for the recent ice storm! In the next few days, I’m sure I must have broken some world record for the distance skated by a 9 year old boy.
That gift lifted me out of a fog. I’m not sure what I would label the fog. Maybe it was the expectation that somehow Christmas should be special. Maybe it was TV or maybe comments I heard at school but somehow I thought Christmas should be a special time. The mysterious gift made that Christmas the most memorable of my childhood. I never found out who “Santa” was. I wish I could say, “Thank you” and let them know how much that gift meant. Someone’s kindness made a significant impact and a memorable Christmas.
I now know there is another mysterious gift that makes Christmas special.  Often it is missed in the busyness, emotion or misplaced focus of the season. This gift has removed the fog of despair that had a grip on my life. This mysterious gift came in the form of a baby born in a stable. When I consider that Jesus left the perfection of heaven, it is almost incomprehensible. He came to walk the planet He created. Each day, His heart was broken by the people he came to serve. He did this for nine year old boys. All this is wonderful, mysterious and beautiful. What a gift. Since I do know THIS gift giver, I can say “Thank you” for a life changing gift.
Have you considered Jesus, the One whose heart has been broken and He knows all your hurts and sorrows. Would you like to know Him personally?  You can by simply opening up your life to Him and asking Him to come into your life, forgive you sins and be direct your life from this moment on. You can pray a prayer something like this:

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Saviour and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Bring peace to my world this Christmas. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

If you invited Christ into your life, thank God often that He is in your life, that He will never leave you and that you have eternal life. As you learn more about your relationship with God, and how much He loves you, you’ll experience life to the fullest.
PS..Everyday we should celebrate the birth of Jesus and the Resurrection of our Lord! AMEN! 
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For God’s Glory Alone In the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ, Dewey Sharon and Family

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