Thursday, July 24, 2008

Straight Ahead

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! Although it is cloudy and very overcast, I saw the moon much earlier trying to peek through the surrounding clouds. We had another good thunderstorm last night, and I think the rain has caused my phone to go berserk. It has a lot of static, so I called Verizon to see if I could get it repaired soon.

I was so busy yesterday, I didn't have time to walk in the Park, but did my exercising in Walmart... from one side to the other, The scenery is not nearly so relaxing there and is certainly not peaceful and quiet, but it does require a lot of walking!

I, of course, had to drive through the Park on our way home and noticed that once again, the water had gone over the weir, and lots of trash washed down from the houses backing up to the canal. Lots of food for the ibises who were busy pecking in the ground and not many people out because of the sprinkles. But God is good and He provides for our needs!

From the book Quiet Moments with God for teachers:

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.
2 Samuel 22:33

The sun is barely up and that annoying alarm clock is blaring in your ear. Groggily you reach over and fumble around until you hit the snooze button. Just a few more minutes, you think, and then I can get up and face the day. The alarm sounds again. You know you can't put it off any longer.

After a couple of cups of coffee, your brain is finally humming. Now the question is, which of today's tasks should you tackle first? Before you head off to work, you might seek inspiration from this prayer written by Jacob Boehme, a German shoemaker who was born more than 400 years ago.

Rule over me this day, O God, leading me on the path of righteousness. Put your Word in my mind and your Truth in my heart, that this day I neither think nor feel anything except what is good and honest. Protect me from all lies and falsehood, helping me to discern deception wherever I meet it. Let my eyes always look straight ahead on the road you wish me to tread, that I might not be tempted by any distraction. And make my eyes pure, that no false desires may be awakened within me.

A day without distractions,
focused only on the important.
A day viewed through pure eyes.
A day marked by goodness and
honesty. A day of clear direction
and no deception. A day without
falsehood and lies. A day in
which God's Word rules our
minds and his truth reigns
in our hearts. Now that's
a day worth getting up for!
William Cowper

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

Love and hugs,