"Straws That I've Not Carried"

Through this life as I now look back, I've had courage but faith I've often lacked.

Sometimes this life seems much too heavy for my name's sake and often I've wondered how much more can I take.

Often so dark is the night, that I hope and pray most hard for just a glimmer of light.

We've heard it said it was the straw that broke the camel's back and many times I've wondered just how much more can my back lack.

Then comes the light to take that straw away and I give thanks for all the straws that I've not carried this day.

Written by Bob Wood

1 Corinthians 10:13 ... There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

The devil does all that he can to persuade mankind that you are the only one with this kind of sin, temptation and shame.. He wants you to do this so that you will try to hide this darkness always in your heart.. He also wants you to look at your troubles, weaknesses and failures and he will keep them in front of you as often as possible.. Peter did fine with his stroll on the water until he began concentrating on the intensity of the storm rather than keeping his eyes on Jesus.. The instant that he looked on the waves that could destroy him; he went down in the stormy deadly waters.. I believe we are often allowed to carry the weights of this life to draw us to our knees and thereby drawing us closer to our Savior Jesus Christ.. However, I also believe that if we are to remain close to Him; we can only do it by keeping our eyes on Him.. We have troubles all around us everyday.. They may be yours or these troubles may be others but be assured troubles are a part of this world.. The weight and stress does get more than heavy and yes it gets very heavy at times while we have faith and our eyes fixed on Christ.. God has given us a way for us to know this part of life and endure, to not only be and know we are winners but that we are more than conquerers through Jesus Christ.. Today while the devil is hitting you with his best shot, be more than assured that God has never lost one battle yet.. You are a winner so go on winning today.. May God really bless you.. Have a great day and be as good as you can be and when you have a chance; you pray for me.

Bob Wood

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