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Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into[a] the village.” -- Mark 8: 25-26
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Message from Dave

From the Manager's Desk

November is the month we focus on giving thanks.  And sometimes giving thanks is one of the hardest things in life to do.   Let’s face it; there are those times in our lives, when the last thing we want to do is be “thankful.”  But if we add thanksgiving to our spiritual tool-bag, we have a powerful tool for both our own lives and usefulness for the Kingdom of God.  Harry Ironside said,

“We would worry less if we praised more.  Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”

Thanksgiving both honors God, and transforms the giver.  And let’s face it, sometimes thanks has to be exercised in the spirit of discipline and bravery.  For some of us, we might enjoy this as a spiritual gift-- for the rest of us, it may have to be a willful process…especially when everything seems to be melting down around you. 

I know a number of listeners who have gone through some serious meltdowns this year. I so feel their pain. I’ve mentioned in previous e-news features that 2019 has been a pretty rough year at the Andrews household, starting out in January with almost losing our 2 year old daughter Ellie to the onset of Type 1 Childhood Diabetes.  And the rest of the year has since operated under the “if it can go wrong, it will go wrong” principle…I can say without a doubt that I have never experienced anything like it. 

BUT even in the hardest of times, God is at work.  My wife and I have been recently struck with all that God is also doing through this year. Ellie is alive (I’m planning an update for you soon), we moved to a safer neighborhood, we have a newborn baby whom God has been healing from another medical issue, God has fully provided for the many bills and expenses that have come our way this year, and we have learned so much.  I can’t tell you how much thinking about all of that encouraged our hearts that He is still there, still cares, and is still working in our lives.  That night at the dinner table, we gave thanks.

Sometimes…when life gets rough and it’s way easier to make a list of the things that go wrong…it’s a good idea to force a look past the cracks to find the things that are going right.  Actually, it’s almost therapeutic.  And like most things, it all starts in our thought life.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things….and the God of peace will be with you.” –Philippians 4:8-9
 
Here’s to looking past the cracks, and seeing what God is doing!

God bless,


Dave Andrews-Dave Andrews
KJOL Station Manager
dave@kjol.org

   
 
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