Monday, July 14, 2008

Wisdom from Ephesians

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the cloudy day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! What a rain we had Saturday night and Sunday! I was awakened at midnight by the sound of the pouring rain and when I awoke Sunday morning it was still raining, but the rain stopped for us to go to church and didn't start again until we were home! God is good!

God gives us beauty everywhere, even in unlikely places. As I was driving home Saturday along a street with ditches on each side, there in the ditch were two roseate spoonbills, just glorious with their very pink feathers! I also saw one at our lake just a block or so away.

When we drove through the soggy park, I noticed how full the canal is, and saw a great blue heron smacking a fish on the ground, so he could swallow it! Very cool!

Living by the Spirit's Power; NLT

...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 do do. ...Then you will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the Lord in our hearts. And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus 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 your 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.

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

Love and hugs,