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17 July 2008

Horse Oil Painting by Laurie Justus Pace

24 x 48 inches

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Not really sure where the day went yesterday...but it disappeared and I was tired when I crawled into bed. We are hoping mom will be released from the hospital today. I am not sure, but believe she will come here to recover again. Times they are a changing.

I know there is a song with those words. In our lives change is the only thing we can count on besides GOD. Change is happening every second. God is working in our lives as well. Nothing escapes his watch. Bad luck good luck.... I cannot go there except to use that as an expression because I believe it is all part of a greater plan. Unfortunately in our eyes, God often uses the best most innocent folks in ways to touch those of us that need to learn or grow. Often we have to wade through the situations to get to the other side. Patience is learned, we are strengthened through our trial and God continues to give us exactly what we need every moment. It is our faith and constant belief in Him that brings us comfort to know the blessings in every moment. When googling I came up with this story and decided to include it in the blog. It puts it simply!

There is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer's neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?" A week later, the horse returned with a herd of horses from the hills and this time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, "Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?"

Then, when the farmer's son was attempting to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?"

Some weeks later, the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg, they let him off. Now was that good luck or bad luck? Who knows?

Everything that seems on the surface to be an evil may be a good in disguise. And everything that seems good on the surface may really be an evil. So we are wise when we leave it to God to decide what is good fortune and what misfortune, and thank him that all things turn out for good with those who love him.

Author Unknown


"I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?"--Isaiah 43:19

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