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Rise and Shine

We all get knocked down in life, but we can't stay down.

We have to get up. We have to continue on despite the struggles and the hard times we've gone through. I know pain, I know trauma, and I know heartache. And some days are better than others. Yet we cannot, will not, and must not give up. We have to push on and stay the course. I always know brighter days are coming, because every day is a day the Lord has made. We absolutely should be glad and rejoice in them. The reality is we don't always, because we're human. Yet the good news is that we still have a choice to do so and that choice is always available to us -- to look towards the light, Jesus. We have to draw on the energy source of life, Jesus, and He will recharge us. When we draw on Him it works every time. There's nothing He can't do to help us rise again. I'm grateful that He lives within my heart. To live without Him would be to live an empty existence. Who would that help? Not a soul.

So I want to encourage you to be strong, be courageous, and stay with it. The Lord will give you everything you need. Like my pastor always says to the people who go up to the altar when they give their lives over to Christ, 'your best days are in front of you.' That applies to you too. "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you(2 Thessalonians 3:16).
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