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We celebrated Father’s Day today and, because of this, I have been thinking a lot about my dad.  He passed away about two and a half years ago and although I miss him every day, holidays and special occasions always have me missing him more than usual.  He was very sick for the last few years of his life, and I know that he is so much better off now than he was here on earth, but the selfish part of me still wishes he was here sometimes.  The good news is that my dad was a Christian and I know where he is spending his eternity.  I also know that I will one day see him again.

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus, we shall always be with the Lord.”  1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

For those of us who know Christ as their Savior, there is always the hope of an eternity spent with Him, as well as our loved ones who have gone on before us.  There may be days on this earth that we miss them, but we can know without a shadow of a doubt that we will be reunited with them one day.  Knowing this won’t take away all of the pain or sadness, but it can help us through on days like today.

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Happiness is something we all desire, but many struggle to experience. Life can be an uphill battle of epic proportions, and we can find ourselves wondering if God even cares about our happiness or not. God does care, but He knows that happiness is not the most important thing we can have…He is! What God finds more important than if we are happy or not is whether or not we are following Him. He would much rather see us in total brokenness depending on Him for our every breath than happy and finding our  strength in our own self. He would much rather see us falling completely apart at His feet than having it all together and tooting our own horn. God knows that our true joy can only be found in Him, and He will do whatever necessary to draw us to Him. We may struggle with God’s methods of bringing us to find our “happy place”, but we can trust Him. He is our Father, and He loves us beyond measure! He does want us to be happy, but He will not accept our happiness as a substitute for what we really need which is Him.

“The Lord is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compasssion, for the Lord is a just God. All who wait for Him are happy.” Isaiah 30:18


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