Friday, October 8, 2010

Day 15--Faith, Not Fear: EVERYDAY MIRACLES

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Welcome to Day 15 of our Bible based, Christ focused devotional.
Purpose: With so many people suffering during these tough economic times, I wanted to create a daily devotional which would promote faith in God as a solution to overcoming anger and fear.
Each devotional will provide a daily passage of Scripture for you to reflect on throughout the day. In addition, an “Action Item” will assign a daily, simple task to help you address your fears with faith and move forward with God's plans for you.

Thank you and God bless you for reading this devotional--please share it with others!

Steve Kendall

 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Ephesians 3:20 (King James Version)
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 In your opening prayer, in addition to anything else you want to pray about, thank God for the miracles in your life, both large and small.
Everyday Miracles        
Yesterday, I began day one of a two day treatment known as IVIG. I won't bore you with the details, but you can CLICK HERE for more info about it.

The IVIG treatment was prescribed by my specialist in hopes of slowing the rate of deterioration caused by my rare, genetic muscle disorder. I'm thankful to God that our health plan covers this treatment in full as it costs about $10,000 per session, and I will undergo it for the next 11 months.

Sitting in the treatment area for over six hours, I had plenty of time to learn more about the wonderful nurses who cared for me. I also found myself in the presence of cancer patients who were there for chemotherapy.

It was comforting to find that the cancer patients all seemed to be upbeat. This feeling led me to think about a family member who was undergoing cancer treatment, several states away, on the same day, and who also has a positive attitude about the treatment.

Someday, medical science may look back on these days as barbaric, with the use of radiation, and toxic chemicals to help fight diseases, but at this time and moment, I see all of this as not only a blessing, but a miracle as well.

Some folks believe miracles no longer happen as they never hear of the extraordinary miracles of the Bible taking place in the modern era. Or, if they do hear of such things, they are prone to disbelief.

I believe God still performs miracles every day, but we are often too busy, or lack the faith to recognize these everyday miracles.

God has blessed us with scientists and doctors who are treating and curing diseases that would have been a death sentence for many folks years ago.

Although medical science demonstrates exciting miracles, it the simple miracles of everyday life that we often take for granted. Sometimes we can get so caught up in our problems that we fail to acknowledge that God is working miracles in our lives—perhaps not in areas that we would prefer, right now, right away, but He’s there, working on our behalf. All we have to do humble ourselves enough to surrender to His will.

So, as I embark on another day of this miraculous treatment, I will make a greater effort to acknowledge and thank God for all the everyday miracles He provides.

This weekend, take time to think about some basic, simple thing that you usually take for granted and thank God for it.

Also thank God for creating you, because you are unique, and serve as a miracle of life that God blesses us with everyday.

Until tomorrow, have a blessed, peaceful weekend!

CLOSING PRAYER: For the remainder of our devotions, please pray about whatever the Lord places in your heart and mind. I also ask that you pray for me as well. I pray daily for everyone who comes in contact with these devotions and need your prayers.
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