Monday, February 9, 2009

Free from the Guilted Cage

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! The sky is blue, the breeze is blowing and the temps are supposed to be in the middle seventies today. A good day for fair-goers in Tampa. You can get all the greasy food you want, including bacon slabs dipped in chocolate, and fried pickles. Yum.

But, the Strawberry Festival is coming and I have already had about four pints of ripe strawberries in shortcake. They seem to be really good this year.

I am healing slowly from the bronchitis, but am still blowing and coughing. I went for an outing yesterday, just to get out of the house and saw a beautiful white egret, several ibis and a great blue heron all in a row on the bank of the canal at the park. On the way home there was a kingfisher perched on the line again overlooking Turner Creek. Also, the ospreys are flying in and out of their nests, already taking care of eggs. God is good!

From Hymns for the Family of God:

A Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, today I want to live my life as an expression of your love rather than as an effort to earn or deserve your love. Like Paul, I have tried about everything to prove my worth. Nothing satisfies. I am weary of doing the right thing because of guilt and not grace. Thank you for the limitless power of your love which sets me free from a guilted cage to fly and soar to new heights of joyous praise today. Amen.

-LLoyd John Ogilvie

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

Love and hugs,