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July 2, 2020 by Larry Dowell (North Carolina, USA)
Larry and his wife, Barbara
Larry with his family

As I look back over the years, I continue to see God’s hand in my life.  My wife and I celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary this past March. Thirty years ago our marriage was on the rocks, but rather than playing games with each other, we sought counseling and found peace and inspiration in God’s word.  We have been blessed with three children and six grandchildren.

We spend a lot of time with the three youngest grandkids, two eight-year-old mirror twins and their five-year-old brother.  With COVID-19 interrupting the twins’ second-grade school year, it became a respite for my wife who endured two major back surgeries this past year.  While I’ve had two more episodes of clinical depression, neither required hospitalization.

I am quick to share my experiences with others who may be struggling with life issues and depression. We both find strength through studying and sharing the inspirational stories in the Bible, and I start everyday with The Upper Room. Some mornings it is as if the devotion is written exclusively for me.  I often wonder how one could face life without a personal relationship with our Savior, who I feel has blessed me in so many ways.

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