News from the Deanburg Community of Chester County

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with Carolyn Goff

Happy New Years, everyone! May the new year bless you with health, wealth and happiness! 
Happy birthday to Mary Dell Gilchrist on Jan. 4! It is your day to make a wish. Hope it comes true. 
Our prayer list: Kristen Carlton Jones, Brianna Landers, Samantha Mosier, Joyce Stewart, Woodie Deming, James Goff (Orban’s brother) and Mrs. Mary Dell Gilchrist. Continue to remember our first responders, our health care workers, our military and our great country. If you need to add someone to our prayer list call or text me at 879-9777. 
Our devotion: Doubting God’s Goodness: “‘Our humanity can make us question what good God is working in a certain situation, but through faith and obedience we will find it.’ Genesis 3:1-7
“Living in this fallen world can make us question God’s goodness. We might wonder why He doesn’t always fix our problems and give us what we want. For example, when Eve listened to the serpent’s lies, she began to doubt that the Lord had made the right choice in forbidding her to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Why would He deprive her of wisdom and the enjoyment of such desirable food?
“Our thoughts are similar to Eve’s when we don’t agree with the Lord about what’s best for us. From a human perspective, “good” refers to that which is enjoyable, comfortable, or profitable. But God has a much higher standard and is always working to achieve His purpose—developing Christlike character in His children.
“Behind every restriction or commandment from the Lord is His loving care for His followers. He knows the consequences of sin and wants to deter us from choices that will wreck our lives. 
“Eve and her husband Adam both learned through disobedience that God knows what’s best. 
“We have the opportunity each day to discover His goodness by listening to His voice, obeying His commands, and trusting His wisdom. Whatever comes our way, we can know that He is working for both our temporal and eternal good.” – Charles Stanley. 
Have a great week! Keep smiling…we can always think of something to smile about. And I bet you get one back.
God bless! 

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