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Dr. Norris J. Chumley Satisfied Life

Have you gained weight?  Are you struggling with money?  Is “lonely” your middle name?  Do you miss someone so bad you can taste it?  Are you ill or in pain?  Unemployed or struggling with work?  Don’t give up – no matter how hard it seems, life is worth living.
It may seem that things are only getting worse, but we honestly don’t know God’s plan for us.  We just aren’t aware of what the pain and hardship are teaching us.  Rest assured, the ups and downs of life are indeed lessons from God.
Think back about other times in your life that were really hard.  That time in school, when you were in love with someone, but they didn’t notice you.  That time when you didn’t think you’d make it through, but something or someone came along and helped.  Was there a time when you thought everything was hopeless, and then suddenly the tide turned and hope sprang again, and your life was renewed?
Instead of trying to solve all your own problems by yourself today, ask God to help you.  Give your problems to Him, and ask Him to show you the way.  Whatever you do, don’t give up or stop trying – that only makes things worse.
This time, like in the past, all will be OK.  God is there, with you, directing you every step of the way.
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