Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!
I saw the moon trying to peek out from behind clouds when I stepped outside this morning, but couldn't tell if it was full or not..."The moon was a ghostly galleon riding upon cloudy seas..." from The Highwayman", a poem I learned in school.
It was so warm yesterday, we didn't walk after church , but spent a quiet afternoon at home.
However, we did drive through the Park, and saw about three peacocks and many ibises. There weren't many people enjoying the heat and beauty surrounding them...probably all at the movies!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
"As God's messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are all parts of his one body and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.
God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophecy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. 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.
Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.
Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. When God's children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get in the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night....
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,