The gratitude attitude wipes out dismay

You can always find a reason to be thankful.

A PIPE ATTACHED TO the water softener unit had burst and drenched the carpet. It was four o'clock in the morning. My wife and I were endeavoring to clean up the hallway. My mental state at that moment can best be described as "lousy." I had an important appointment later that morning, and with no water for a shower and only half a night's sleep, I certainly was discouraged about even keeping the appointment, much less being clean and alert. As I grumbled and struggled with the situation, I knew that only prayer could lift my dismay.

It was then that I recalled a familiar Bible passage from Isaiah: "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am they God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness" (41:10). The words "be not dismayed" really stood out to me. But how in the world could I not be dismayed with all that mess to contend with? Still, those words from Isaiah continued to flood (no pun intended) my thought.

Testimony of Healing
Severe cold and breathing difficulties healed
January 24, 2000

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