Monday, January 14, 2008


Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the kinda chilly day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! I stepped outside this morning, and brrr! A little surprise in the cool, but after all, this is the middle of January, so we can expect more of the winter air to come from the North. But, we nearly always have sunshine! God is good!

When I set out the sprinklers in the yard, Saturday, Mama duck and three ducklings, came to enjoy the puddles and the spray. She started out with ten and is now down to three. "The survival of the fittest," Sad, but true. She looked at me warily, each time I came to move the sprinklers in a different spot, but I tried to ignore her to make her feel welcome. I can't understand why they come down this street where there is no water, instead of staying by the lake a couple blocks away??? Curious.

I had a nice walk Friday, scuffling through the fallen leaves from the maple trees. Seems like since our last cold spell, all the leaves are falling , but I noticed seeds and buds on the azaleas, so the warm weather we had last week, makes the plants think it is spring! God is awesome!

From the Promise Bible NLT;

What do I do when I feel overwhelmed?

Leviticus 26:8 "Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand! All your enemies will fall beneath the blows of your weapons."

Joshua 23:10 "Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy, for the Lord your God fights for you, just as he has promised."

Be encouraged that the power of God is for us, regardless of the number of enemies against us. God used David to overcome Goliath, Gideon's three hundred soldiers to defeat the armies of Midian, and one hundred and twenty disciples to establish the church in Acts. He joys when working through our weaknesses and limitations.

Colossians 1:11-14 "We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God's holy people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son. God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins."

Our encouragement comes from what God has done for us. He has given us the power to be patient and persistent and to keep our minds set on the great hope that awaits us. When we remember that we are already free, the problems of this world lose much of their power over us.

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

Love and hugs,