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Why is life so hard?"
February 10, 2015

February 10, 2015 Issue #107

Why, why is life so hard?

For many years, I couldn't seem to get anything I wanted out of life. A satisfying relationship with a woman eluded me. Career success always seemed to happen to the other guy. I even struggled with poor health.

You know the feeling. It's so frustrating, sometimes it makes you cry. You want good, decent things, things you don't consider selfish, but nothing seems to go your way.

Where is God? Why doesn't he answer your prayers? Why is life so hard?

Today, more singles are confused than ever before. Understanding is in short supply. You're trying to figure your life out, but just when it feels like you're there, something comes along and knocks you off your feet and you're left bewildered again.

We've all asked those questions, and in this issue of Inspire-O-Gram, I offer some thoughts on what I found out. As usual, I don't have all the answers, but I have one BIG answer that may put your entire life in a new perspective. At least I hope so.

Here's one explanation to the question, "Why is life so hard?"

Single's Wake-up Prayer

Good morning, Lord!
Thank you for this brand new day.
Through you I can conquer
whatever comes my way!

February's quote is from Elisabeth Elliot

Our quotation of the month comes from Elisabeth Elliot, Christian missionary, author, and speaker. She knows about hard times. Her first husband, missionary Jim Elliot, was killed by members of the Auca tribe in Ecuador in 1956 while he was trying to bring them to Christ:

The will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be. It may seem to be much worse, but in the end it's going to be a lot better and a lot bigger.
~ Elisabeth Elliot (1926- ) ~

It's a myth that God's goal is to make you happy. You won't find that in the Bible. No, he wants to conform you to the image of his Son, Jesus. That's a tall order, even for God.

His way of going about that can be painful. He has to sand away all the greed, bitterness, arrogance, pride, and other ugly traits until WE want what HE wants, not what WE want.

Some people never get it, so they never become all that God wants them to be. But for those who let God have his way with them, life becomes more than they ever could have hoped for.

Did I meet my goal with this ebook?

I had a lofty goal when I wrote Single & Sure several years ago.

I wanted readers to come away sure, absolutely sure of God's tremendous love for them. Once you grasp that truth, you can get through anything. It's the truth that got me through two bouts with cancer, broken relationships, lost jobs, and a dozen other life-crises.

Did I meet that goal in Single & Sure? You can only decide that after you read it, but since this ebook comes with an 8 week money back guarantee, I'll let you decide for yourself.

* Avoid emotional pain;
* Be happy with how you look;
* Learn how to achieve your goals;
* Discover your true purpose in life;
* Trade depression for enthusiasm.

Single & Sure is in PDF format. If you have Adobe Reader, a f'ree program, you can read it on your computer or tablet device.

For $9.97, you can soak up what it took me 40 years to learn in the single life! That's a wealth of experience for less than a week's worth of lattes. Yow!

I put a lot of information up to help you decide, including a f'ree downloadable sample chapter, at Single & Sure.

No, I didn't forget Valentine's Day

I used to dread Valentine's Day every year when I wasn't in a relationship. Now, not so much. What started out as a sweet holiday to encourage people to show appreciation to their spouse or special someone has, instead, become a guilt-heavy, commercialized ordeal to get you to buy a "worthy" gift.


Don't get me wrong. I'm not against this holiday. I just think that like Halloween, it's gotten blown way out of proportion.

Here are a couple articles from past Inspire-O-Grams to help you clear your mental palate in case Valentine's Day leaves an icky taste in your mouth:

Stop and think before letting your emotions drag you down

Don't let others determine who you are

The truth you need to hear right now

It seems like a good time to laugh

If you feel like crying or hiding or punching somebody in the schnozzola this week, let's try a few laughs instead. Here are a few funny lines I harvested from the Web just for you:

When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.
Cathy Guisewite

My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.
Mitch Hedberg

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.
Dave Barry

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.
Doug Larson

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?
George Carlin

When my boss asked me who is the stupid one, me or him? I told him everyone knows he doesn't hire stupid people.

If you're too open-minded, your brains will fall out.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Never trust people who smile constantly. They're either selling something or not very bright.
Laurell K. Hamilton

A real girl isn't perfect and a perfect girl isn't real.
Harry Styles

The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?
Pablo Picasso

Inside me there’s a thin person struggling to get out, but I can usually sedate him with four or five cupcakes.
Bob Thaves

Feel better? I know I do. If you'd like to comment on this newsletter or just zing me an email for any reason, use our gluten-free contact form.

That's the February issue of Inspire-O-Gram, fellow singleton. I hope you enjoyed it. Before you know it, March will be here, then Spring, with flowers and new leaves on the trees. Ahhhh.

Remember that Jesus thinks you're tops,

Jack Zavada
401 Indiana Ave
Streator, IL 61364 USA

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