Thursday, May 31, 2007

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the cloudy day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Perhaps this is the day we will have rain...we hope and pray!

As Matthew and I were walking along the boardwalk yesterday, we were admiring the elderberry blossoms across the canal, and enjoying watching the little gator at the tower. It was fairly quiet, without many people around, so a good time to walk. We watched the hawks for awhile and saw what looked like Ma Hawk feeding the young one on a limb further away from the nest...looks like they are finally ready to leave the nest!

We saw two four foot gators on the bank of the canal on our way out. God is good!

From the Promise Bible:

How is my work important to the Lord?

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 "This should be your ambition; to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we commanded you before. As a result, people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others to meet your financial needs."

Work is God's plan for our lives. Those who work diligently experience many benefits in their own lives and bring benefits to others. God promises two basic rewards for faithful work. (1) having a more credible witness to nonbelievers and (2) having our needs met without having to financially depend on others.

Proverbs 13:11 "Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears, wealth from hard work grows."

Honest, hard work is much better than get-rich-quick schemes. Money quickly gotten is often quickly wasted.

Romans 12:8 "If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously! If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

God blesses us when we do work that is in keeping with our gifts and abilities.

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

Love and hugs,
Amaryllis (22 and counting)