Tuesday, June 19, 2007

God's Promise

Good clear morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! It is already getting to be too warm to walk, but there was a pretty pink streak of clouds as the sun came up this morning.

Yesterday we went to the Park and briefly saw Terry to speak to. The work on the boardwalk is almost finished. That is very hot work. The man in charge, Richard, works harder than most anyone I know and is always dripping wet, even early in the morning. They have to be sure that they take plenty of liquid out on the worksite to drink and hydrate themselves. But when the work is finished I know the boardwalk will be beautiful! God is good!

From the book, Quiet Moments:

Someone who conducted an informal survey about the prayers of the people in his church found that most people pray one or two types of prayers. The first was an SOS - not only Save our Souls, but also, "Oh, God, help us now."

The second was SOP - "Solve Our Problems". People asked the Lord to eliminate all needs, struggles, trials, and temptations. They wanted carefree, perfect lives, and they fully believed that is what God had promised them.

The conclusion: "Most people want God to do it all."

God has not promised however, to live our lives for us - but rather, to walk through our lives with us. Our part is to be faithful and obedient; his part is to lead us, guide us, protect us, and help us. Annie Johnson Flint recognized the true nature of god's promise in this poem:

What God Hath Promised

God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways
All our lives through;
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.
But God hath promised
Strength for the day.
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy,
Undying love..

Do what you know you can do today - and then trust God to do what you cannot do.

"You cannot control the length of your life, but you can
control its width and depth.
Evan Esar

"I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion) to the {very} close and consummation of the age. Matthew 28:20 Amp.

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

Love and hugs,
Amaryllis (THREE and counting)