Friday, October 24, 2008
Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the rainy day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Well, I prayed for rain and the Lord answered. No walking today, at least not outside. God is Good!
We went to the Park yesterday and saw a few people out with their pups, and more walking. Looks like Mike is there everyday taking care of the aquarium and the snakes. This is good!
I did not see the cats all day yesterday, so maybe they have moved to someone else in the neighborhood. The food I put out for them was gone and the plate tipped over, but I don't know if they ate it or the bluejays got it. Anyway, I will keep looking out for them.
From the Promise Bible NLT:
How is my work important to the Lord?
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 This should be your ambition: to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we commanded you before. As a result, people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others to meet your financial needs.
Work is God's plan for our lives. Those who work diligently experience many benefits in their own lives and bring benefits to others. God promises two basic rewards for faithful work: (1) having a more credible witness to nonbelievers and (2) having our needs met without having to financially depend on others.
Proverbs 13:11 Wealth from get-rich-schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows.
Honest hard work is much better than get-rich-quick schemes. Money quickly gotten is often quickly wasted.
Romans 12:8 If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
God blesses us us when we do work that is in keeping with our gifts and abilities.
What does the Lord promise to those who work hard?
Colossians 3:21:5 work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and the Master you are serving is Christ.
God promises a reward to those who work hard. That reward can include--but is not limited to--financial prosperity. It may be the rewards of respect and personal satisfaction or the joy of contributing to the welfare of another.
How will God help me when my work is hard?
Psalm 145:14 The Lord helps the fallen and lifts up those bent beneath their loads.
As with any burden we bear, we can trust God to help us on the job.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,
Amaryllis (Have a blessed weekend, and Go Rays!)