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The year is nearly over, and yet I still have some unresolved issues. The job does not pay enough, the child is problematic, the spouse is difficult to handle, the health is not optimal, and life generally is still a pain! Things are not as I would want them to be. But, I am still here, surviving, striving, hopeful that tomorrow will be better, and refusing to quit.
I am a warrior, and I refuse to give up, no matter what comes my way.
I AM STILL STANDING, DESPITE THE ODDS.
You want to know what makes me so tenaciously hopeful?
I face my tough times because someone bigger, stronger, smarter, and all-knowing is watching over me. He brings helpers my way, orchestrates my day, sends me light-hearted moments to ease my day, feeds me, houses me, clothes me, and gives me someone to love and be loved.
Some may call Him all sorts of names - creator, alien, or the mastermind of evolution; I know Him as God Almighty, all-powerful, ever-present, all-knowing, all-merciful, Creator of all things, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and without question, the God and Father of my Lord Jesus Christ.
I BREATHE, HOPE, FIGHT, JOY, AND WIN BECAUSE OF HIM.
And no matter how much I mess up, He is always there to pick me up, dust me up, and set me right back on the trail of right living and good things. He loves me because He created me, and not because of anything good that I have done. HE LOVES ME, PERIOD!
As the year 2017 hurtles to an end, I will lift up my voice and declare that God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is worthy of all my praise, hope, worship, and adoration. I give Him all these with my lips, my actions, and my thoughts.
What about you? Do you believe there is a higher power? Someone that everything good and evil bows to? Someone who brings fortune, promotion, protection, healing, joy, and peace? His name is Jesus, and He has promised to remove the mountains that block your path, to forgive your past sins, to strengthen you in your tough moments, to restore everything you have lost, and to grant you more than you can ask or imagine.
If you can submit to Him in 2018, emulate Him, obey Him, and stick to Him alone, you will yet achieve your dreams. He is faithful that promised; can you trust and obey Him faithfully?
I can; I will, because He is my highest power - HE IS GOD!
I crave your companionship on this wonderful new journey; please join me on this exhilarating time ahead - with our God.
Your fellow-traveler with Christ,
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Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Atlanta, GA and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.