Friday, March 14, 2008

Hugs to encourage and inspire

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!

I saw a few stars when I stepped outside in the darkness this morning, but mostly the sky was a little misty.

Although it is chilly now, as soon as the sun comes up, it will warm up. God is good!

We watched the sun come up at the VA Hospital grounds yesterday, After the first appointment at 6:45AM, we went to the car and had a small breakfast with the food I had brought. Our next appointment was at 8:40AM, and I have sampled the canteen food before, so I brought our own. :o)

The campus is quite lovely and well kept, so it was almost, but not quite, like being in a park. We didn't leave until 11:30AM after Louis' third appointment, so we were happy to get home and eat a good meal.

From the tiny book, Hugs to Encourage and Inspire come these hopeful words:

Be full of strength and courage,
Do not be terrified:
Do not be discouraged,
I will be with you
wherever you go.
Your God of strength and courage.
Joshua 1:9

Would you describe yourself as a person of courage?
Probably not.
Your image of courage may have been shaped by
television and movies;
Courage is Superwoman or man flying
to rescue a helpless child from a burning building.

Make believe courage is hard to live up to.
But real courage, in real life,
May describe you to a tee.

It takes courage to care abut family and friends enough to get involved with their struggles. It takes courage to complete what you start. It takes courage to confront weakness in your own life and in the lives of those you love.

It takes courage to confess that your thoughtless words or negligent actions have hurt someone you love.

Quite simply, it takes courage to live each day with integrity.

You may not describe yourself as a person of courage, but look again--you may discover courageous feats of kindness or heroic manifestations of unconditional love.

Say, would you like to be in a movie?

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

Love and hugs,