Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Excerpts from Ephesians

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the beautiful day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!

When I stepped outside much earlier, the air was coolish and the stars were almost hidden under mist, but now the sky is blue and the day holds much promise!

The first unusual thing I noticed when I walked toward the entrance bridge at the park yesterday were two great white herons - in the very top of a large maple tree across the canal. These very large birds were preening and perching on tiny branches, just as though they were on the ground. It was a stark contrast, because the tree only has a few red leaves left on it. God is full of surprises!

I enjoyed the walk with a slight breeze blowing and noticed an osprey soaring off from a tree and circling higher and higher as I walked. Then, from the largest to the tiniest, I watched as a tiny wren flitted among the leaves in the trees. Very nervous and quick. God is Awesome!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Living by the Spirit's Power

"So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. Don't act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. Then you will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among your selves, making music to the Lord in your hearts. And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ....

"Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord, rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free."

"And in the same way, you masters must treat your slaves right. Don't threaten them: remember you both have the same Master in heaven and he has no favorites."

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

Love and hugs,