Monday, April 7, 2008

Whole armor of God

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the cool day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! It was good to see the stars as I stepped outside this morning, after the cloudiness of the last couple days! What a lot of rain came down! But since April is usually drier, the showers were most welcome. What is that old saying... "April showers bring May flowers." It's true, except on our trip Thursday, we saw wild phlox growing alongside the highways and in the median. Pinks, and whites, and lavender, just really beautiful! God is good!

I know the Park is full of water, now. We went through yesterday before the rain, and saw a few people enjoying nature, and looking at the anhingas, tiny wrens and tall herons. It is a lovely place.

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Ephesians 6 excerpts

"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....

A final word; Be strong with the Lord's mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world; against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.

Use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit....

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

Love and hugs,