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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.  No. 240

Getting to know
God together.
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JARAD AND KYLE GRUMBLE!.
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Jarad and Kyle, the twins’ two cousins, were coming to stay the weekend.
Zach and Nardia were pleased, but they had gotten a bit tired of those boys lately.
They always spoiled things by grumbling. Nothing seemed good enough for them.
“Well, they might have learned their lesson and have changed, “ said Nardia.
The weekend began well, and every-one was happy together, until the grumbling started up again.
“I don’t like hard eggs, “snapped Jarad at lunch time.
“I only like what my mother cooks!”
Then Kyle joined him,
“Why does Zach have to sit so close to me, I am sick of him breathing all over me!”
Then they both settled down into moaning away for the rest of the weekend.
Nothing pleased them. Mum said they were spoiled kids!
And you know those spoiled kids ruined all the fun for them-selves and every-one else!
Then Jarad started to get upset because he was sure that his mum wouldn’t feed his fish.
Then he said she wouldn’t take his bike out of the rain.
And then he moaned that she wouldn’t remember to ring Jim, and tell him he couldn’t come to his party next week.
He would not trust his mum and got awfully miserable.

Do you spend your time looking at the dark side of life?
God wants us to do this:
“Rejoice [ be happy and show it ], and be exceedingly glad [ enjoy God very, very much and be grateful ]: for great is your reward in heaven.” (Matthew 5:12).
We should look on the bright side of life, because the Lord is our wonderful Comforter and Shepherd.

It is often not the things that happen to us that make us unhappy and a misery moaner. It is what we do with what we have got! Some believers in the Lord see all things through rose coloured glasses, and others see everything through heavy, dark glasses. Only Jesus Himself can give us rosy glasses, because He fills our hearts with peace and joy, then all we go through each day is sweeter and better.
He is the Only Way to find happiness. God has told us wonderful things about His real happiness and peace. Here are two of the lovely verses:

“ Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled [ upset about any-thing ], neither let it be afraid.” ( John 14:27).

“Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, Rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4).

We used to say when we were young, “are you Phil Four Fouring?”
That meant are you happy in Jesus, rejoicing, and showing it?
Are YOU Phil Four Fouring today?
Or are you grumbling and complaining?

‘Rejoic-ing in hope; patient in trib-u-lation; contin-u-ing instant in prayer; “ (Romans 12:12).
What do those words above mean? Well, we can meet every-thing in our lives in either a dis-trusting way or a trusting way. We can trust God with our lives, or moan and worry. We can’t do both at the same time, worry and trust. When things are not quite what we wanted or expected, we can leave those things to God and trust Him to make all things right again - or we can grumble and worry. We can be patient when “trib-u-lation” comes - or worry and fret. “Trib-u-lation” is really problems and suffering. We can keep on bringing everything to our God and letting Him handle our problems - or we can fuss, get angry and be afraid. I know what I want to do, I want to trust God and be at peace! He sure can be trusted, lambs.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:”
( Psalm 23:1, 2).

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