Thursday, January 3, 2008


Good morning, Dear friends and Prayer Partners! This is the cold day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! I am glad the furnace is working and keeping us warm inside.

I stepped outside this morning to see the clear sky with Venus and the crescent waning moon shining brightly in the pre-dawn chill. It was 35 by my indoor-outdoor thermometer, so I did not linger long, admiring the sky!

But, this being Florida, it is expected to warm up by this weekend and, once more, we will be in the seventies. God is good!

The squirrels have been nesting this time of year, for some reason, and cutting twigs all over the yard. Also, a mama duck and her babies started out with ten and now she is down to five, but I didn't see her yesterday. I saw her rush at a dog the other day, whose owner let the dog get too close to her. She fiercely defends them!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Malachi 3:10-11 "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,"says the Lord Almighty, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not shrivel before they are ripe," says the Lord Almighty.

Philippians 4:19 "This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus."

God's abundant provision is a gracious gift. When we give what God requires we receive more than we could ever desire.

Deuteronomy 30:9 "The Lord your God will make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and your fields will produce abundant harvests, for the Lord will delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors. "

Why does God give us abundant gifts?

2 Corinthians 9:8 "God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty lift over to share with others."

God wants us to have everything we need. But we don't get to keep what we receive : we get to give it away. God is looking for us to share his abundance with others.

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

Love and hugs,