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I have learned a lot of things in my life, but there is one lesson that has been a very important one for me.  The more I grow in the Lord, the more I learn this lesson.  I believe I will always be learning, as long as I live. Basically, the lesson is this: God is all I need.  In truth, we all need Him, but I can only speak for myself.

Saying that, I do not take anything away from the love or support that I have received from others, but the key is the word need. There are many things that I can live without, but God is not one of them. Though I love those near and dear to me, God is my creator.  He is my provision.  The relationship I have with God, through Christ, is like none other.

Without God, nothing else really matters. This is because God is life and lifegiving.  The more I know Him, the more I know and understand myself.

For in Him we live and move and exist. Acts 17:28

All I know is that God has been with me through so many ups and downs, successes, and failures.  He has been there in sicknesses, losses, and countless disappointments.  It is only God who has consistently been there by my side.  In all fairness, God is the only one who can be consistently there.

As humans we are limited in what we can do for one another.  There are just some things that only God is meant to personally do for us.  Because of this, there will be times that only He can be there for me. 

Therefore, I never harbor ill feelings towards anyone for what they can or cannot do.  Whatever happens, I realize that God does use His creation to bless others. Likewise, I know that the good that anyone does for me is also coming from God (James 1:17-19)!  Always.  It always comes back to God, at least I will give Him the praise! 

Finally, I am thankful that, through Christ, God forgave me of my sins.  This is why I know God is the key to my life and having a peaceful existence.  Because of God, I have more peace than I have ever known, especially in times of turmoil. This has not always been the case.

Yet, God’s love has taught me to rest in Him and to appreciate everything I have, and I do.  Nothing is promised in this life, but the fact that God will never leave me alone (Deuteronomy 31:6).  The more I think about this, the more it makes me thankful to be in His hands.

The life of every living thing is in His hand, as well as the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10).