Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known unto God.
Sometimes it is hard to have a thankful heart during the bad times but it is important that we remember that God is with us and blesses us through these times too.
Sometimes I forget to be thankful for my heart trouble. Yes, I know that sounds crazy but because of it I have really had some great opportunities to serve God that I might not have had if my health had been perfect.
Twice I have been told that my heart was in such a bad shape that I might not leave the hospital. In both cases I used that time to show those around me that I really believed what I preach and that I was not afraid of going on to be with Jesus. In both cases I did leave the hospital and most of those who knew me attributed it to a miracle from God, therefore He received Glory from it.
If I had not had heart trouble I would not have had to leave the full time pastorate and ministry and would never have ended up filling the pulpit at the small church where I reach now. I have been with this wonderful church family for over ten years and it has been a great experience and I would not trade it for anything.
Be thankful when you are going through difficulty. God just might be preparing your for a miracle or to use you in a great way. You could receive some of His greatest blessings through the difficulty.
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