Friday, November 21, 2008


Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the beautiful day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!

When I stepped outside this morning, the star in the southeast was very bright. I am not sure if it is Venus. But the quarter moon was very bright, also, and an airplane went over as I was looking up, and all I could see was a moving light. God's creation is Awesome!

Well, I got in plenty of exercise yesterday. A trip to Walmart brought lots of walking and waiting, and then, after the visit to Wellspring, for Louis' treatment, I stopped at the Park and took a walk, because the day was so lovely. As I crossed over the bridge, I looked along the banks and, sure enough, there was a fat, black gator almost hidden in the brush. I walked on to the first shelter, and saw lots of people looking over the railing at Mama gator who was out of the water and very gray looking. She had two babies near her, and I was surprised that they are not any bigger than they are. It has been almost three months, I think, since they were hatched.

I went on to the tower, where there was no one, and got wind whipped, and looked at the choppy water. Then when I started back, two of the workers had the cart with long boards on it. They were unloading them to replace some of the top railing. Seems like it doesn't take long for the sun to work it's destruction on wood. It was a good day!

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 wo 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.

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.

What does the Lord promise to those who work hard?

Proverbs 13:11 Wealth from get-rich- quick 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.

Colossians 3:23-24 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 in 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.

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

Love and hugs,