My Daily Devotional


Be Happy

“You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
Isaiah 26:3

Just this week I had a friend whose mother is 92 years old and had fallen and they had to place her in a nursing home because they could not care for her medically at home. She is almost legally blind, and as they wheeled her down the hall to her room they were describing the room to her. He said they visually provided a description of what the room looked like, including the eyelet draperies that hung on the windows. Even before they got to the room she said “I love it.” The nurse said but you haven’t even seen the room yet, just wait until we get you there. “That doesn’t have anything to do with it I love the room said his mother.” As he was telling me this I was reminded that happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether we like our room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, or the kind of draperies that hang on the windows, but rather depends upon how we arrange our minds. Philippians 4:11 “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” This is wonderful advice the Apostle Paul is telling us in the scripture above, as we need to genuinely appreciate whatever God gives us. Whether we are living in poverty or in great abundance we need to be thankful for all the things that God provides. We need to wake up each morning with our minds made up that we will love whatever God has in store for us. It’s a decision we need to make each morning. When we wake up we have a choice; we can spend our day in bed recalling the difficulties we have had in our past, or get out of bed and be thankful for the things that God provides. Each day is a gift, and as long as our eyes are open, we need to focus on the new day and all the happy memories we have stored away. We need to be thankful for this day and what God has in store for us. Old age is like a bank account. We can withdraw from what we have put in it. We need to deposit a lot of happiness, a lot of wonderful memories, a lot of the good times from our past. We do not want to deposit the baggage of our lives, the hurts, the disappointments, the worries and our past troubles. When we begin to make withdrawals from our bank accounts, we only want to withdraw the good things of our lives, our happiness, our joy and our happy memories. God wants us to be happy and if we are happy with ourselves this will shine through to others, and then we can be a true witness to others. We can choose to be happy each and every day of our life, this is our choice. We must choose to be happy and contented with what God gives us.

Pastor Robert William Brock, Jr.
My Daily Devotional Volume Two
July 18

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Robert William Brock, Jr. I was born in Pineville, Kentucky, the son of Robert William Brock and Irene Napier, I grew up in the beautiful southeastern part of Kentucky. I attended Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky graduating with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Early in my career I became interested in Health Care Administration and spent the rest of my career in Hospital Administration, where I retired after 45 years. After retiring from health care I have devoted the past ten years to a ministry, having founded and directed the Nehemiah Network, which provides assistance to the needy people in our area, by bringing together the numerous community organizations, churches and businesses to work collectively to meet the community needs. The Nehemiah Network concept has now spread throughout the nation and over 10,000 programs have been developed, in almost all the states, adopting the framework of the Network. I am a published author of 17 Christian books, and have spent over thirty years tracing my ancestors and writing a book about my Kentucky Heritage. My books are listed below: “Our Kentucky Heritage” “My Daily Devotional” "My Daily Devotional Volume II" "My Daily Devotional Volume III" "My Daily Devotional Volume IV" "My Daily Devotional Volume Six" "My Daily Devotional Volume Seven" "God’s Plan for the Family” " God’s Plan for a Father” "God's Plan for a Joy Filled Life" "The Silent Church" "God's Plan For Financial Freedom" "Living Without Sin" "My Kentucky Heritage" "Brock Family Cookbook" All of my books can be ordered at Amazon.com by typing in my name Robert William Brock, Jr. As part of my ministry I write a free daily devotional which is distributed on a daily basis to over 2 million people daily via e-mail. I live with my wife Margaret of 45 years in East Liverpool, where we have resided for over 33 years. We have three children and six grandchildren.
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