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July 4, 2020

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Hello Friends.  Pastor Kurt – checking in

Sunday was a tough day.  Our boat battery died.  (But we have a boat)  We had to wait in line for about an hour to get into the State Park.  (But we have air conditioning in our car – and we live near Lake Michigan)  Luke got into an accident on his way home from the beach.  (But he and the driver that pulled out in front of him were not injured)  His car was totaled.  (But he’s ok)  We had decided not to carry collision on the car.  (But he’s ok)  Later that night I prayed with some friends who would later find out that the mass is cancer.  (But God is good and He is with them and He is in control and He is a God of Healing) 

I had prayed on Sunday morning that whatever happened that day – that I would remember the truth – That I am a friend of the Creator of the Universe – and that no matter what happened – I would consider the day a “win” if I could take my identity not from what happened to me but from the fact that I am a Child of the One True King.  

All day long – I remembered.  And Sunday was a good day.  Sunday was a win.  

No matter what happens – Count your blessings.  No matter how hard it seems – Have gratitude for what God has done and what He has promised.  Remember who you are – and whose you are.  

Sometimes when things go bad or things don’t work out the way I had planned – or people get upset – I tend to think that I’m losing.  I tend to take it personally.  I tend to get frustrated, or disappointed, or moody, or angry.  And sometimes I end up taking it out on the people around me.  But when I remember my connection to my Heavenly Father – I’m able to let the little things go – and let the frustrations fade – and keep the anger at bay.  I’m able to smile and say – God is Good.  And today is a win.   On Sunday – when some things didn’t go our way – we were still together as a family.  And we had some good friends and family come alongside us and encourage us.  And God reminded us that He is with us – and He is for us.  I’m trying to make it a habit – to remind myself at the beginning of the day – Who I am – and Whose I am.  

Romans 8:31 reminds us - What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

God is for you.  God is with you.  You are a Child and a Friend of the Creator of the Universe.  Ask God to remind you of that all day.  And today will be a Win.  

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