Good mid-morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!
Since my old computer died, you did not get a devotional from me, but my computer friend, Gil, has me back on line, so beware! You will be hearing from me again!
Surprise! I have an amaryllis blooming! This is rushing the season for them, because they don't usually bloom until sometime before Christmas... must have been all the rain we had last month.
I walked yesterday and noticed the sidewalk seems to be finished, so no dust is in the air. I didn't think Mama gator was at the tower, until I came down from the second level and saw her pop up from under the water. She is still standing guard, even though no babies are visible. Such faithfulness. I could take a lesson.
From the Promise Bible:
What are the benefits of loving others?
Matthew 10:42 "If you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded."
Hebrews 6:10 "God is not unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him caring for other Christians, as you still do."
The Lord remembers us when we remember others. He rewards us for giving others kindness and practical help.
Galatians 6:8-10 "Those who live to satisfy their own sinful desires harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters."
The Holy Spirit awakens our love for others. We can ask God to make us willing to love others-even those who are difficult-and God will hear our prayer.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love.
Love and hugs,