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My condolences go out to Mrs. Jo Scarbrough’s family. Even though she’s not been active at the newspaper or in the Historical Society lately, she will be greatly missed. She was a fountain of knowledge about our county, as well as current events. She enjoyed talking with people.
Happy birthday to all the ones born in February. I didn’t have a column last week so I’m late with wishing everyone a happy birthday. Also, Happy Valentine’s Day! Monday is an opportunity to show your loved ones how much you love them.
Well, the groundhog saw his shadow so six more weeks of winter! I was reading that he sees his shadow more than not, but that he is only 40% accurate. Maybe this will be one of the years that he’s incorrect. February is a busy month for holidays, besides Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day there is also President’s Day.
This past Sunday our Sunday school lesson continued to look in Genesis at what was happening to Joseph. The title was the “Pitfalls of Injustice” to press forward despite injustice. As we talked about what happened to Joseph, how our faith and courage grows with trials, but regardless of circumstances we should trust in God’s love for us.
John 16:33 reads, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
It’s so easy sometimes to just wallow in our pity. But that’s not what Jesus was saying in this verse. All suffering is unwelcomed, but we must endure under severe circumstances.
It’s not the circumstances, but our attitude about those circumstances that makes a difference. Our attitude can either be positive or negative. Joseph chose to have a positive attitude regardless of what happened to him. He made the best out of a tough situation.
As Christians, we should be encouraged that God will always see us through all circumstances. I’ve always heard when one door shuts another opens; we just have to be aware of that new door! Joseph repeatedly opened those new doors.
Sometimes, our new doors are hard to find. Let’s try to be more like Joseph, making the best out of our circumstances, but regardless of them to remain positive.
Continue to keep those who have lost loved ones recently in your prayers. There are several in our community that are not feeling well, and others have family that are having health issues. Please pray for their healing in God’s will. God knows their names and needs.
Until next week, take care and be joyful! Happy New Year!
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