Thursday, March 1, 2007

Isaiah 41:1

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners and happy March first! This is the cloudy day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!

Yesterday at noon, we took a ride over to the Park and I walked with Louis to the bridge covered shelter, where he rested while I walked out as far as I could to see the construction work on the tower. I snapped a couple pictures along the way and really enjoyed the sunshine and cool breezes as I walked. A hawk was nearby in the oak trees where the old nest is, but I couldn't see it. It was good to get back to walking. God is good!

From Quiet Moments:

The age we live in has been described as the age of the to-do list that can't be done. facing overwhelming demands, it's hard to give ourselves permission to rest or take a break. But the rewards-renewed perspective, clearer insight, physical energy, spiritual preparedness-are well worth it.

Before automatic headlight controls were installed in cars, it was easy to park a car and sometimes leave our headlights on, only to come back and find a dead battery which needed to be recharged.

Just like a car battery, our own supply of energy is not infinite. We must replenish it frequently with sleep, rest, food , and relaxation. Our busy nonstop days can be draining. Operating at top speed, we utilize all available emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual resources. Before we know it, our energy is consumed.

Unless we pay careful attention, we will drain our "batteries" to the point of feeling "dead on our feet". Being fatigued can cause our perceptions to be distorted and our responses to others to be negative. Furthermore, if we fail to do something about it, over time it can result in physical or emotional illness.

Charles Spurgeon, said, "Without constant restoration we are not ready for the perpetual assaults. If we allow the good in our lives to get weak-or our "light" to grow dim-the evil will surely gather strength and struggle desperately for the mastery over us."

You are wise to take a short break now and then during the day-and to turn off your lights when you go to bed at night! Living this way will help you to maintain your energy supply and enable you to be more productive and content.

"Let the people renew their strength." Isaiah 41:1

Take rest: a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,