Friday, April 11, 2008


Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! When I stepped outside this morning, I could see lots of stars, but not the moon, which I know is shining somewhere! The weather is predicted to be in the forties by Tuesday, but it is hard to believe with the seventies we are enjoying right now.

Yesterday, on my walk, I saw a gator sunning himself on the bank across from the first shelter, but when I walked there, he was gone, and had probably slipped into the canal. I went on to the tower and watched a skimmer dive into the water two times, making a big splash as it spied fish in the lake.

On the way in to the Park, Mr. Peacock was spreading out his tail feathers in front of his favorite garage door, strutting for all to see.

God is good!

From a little devotional book, Knowing God:

Romans 15:5 "Patience and encouragement come from God. And I pray that God will help you all agree with each other the way Christ Jesus wants."

Here's a question only you can answer. During a typical day, how many opportunities will you have to encourage other human beings? Unless you're living on a deserted island, the answer is "a lot"! And here's a follow-up question: How often do you take advantage of those opportunities? Hopefully, the answer is "More often than not."

Romans 14:19 advises us to "Pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another."(HCSB) And whenever we do, God smiles.

Whether you realize it or not , you're surrounded by people who need an encouraging word, a helping hand, or a pat on the back. And every time you encourage one of these folks, you'll be doing God's will by obeying God's Word. So without further ado, let the encouragement begin.

Today's Prayer

Lord, make us mindful of our words. This world can be a difficult place, and many of Your children are discouraged and afraid. Make each member of our family a powerful source of encouragement to those in need, and let our words and deeds be worthy of Your Son, the One who gives us courage and strength, this day and for all eternity.

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

Love and hugs,