Monday, March 30, 2009

Perseverance and Endurance

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

Although I have been up for a few hours, my spouse slept late, so I could not really get started on my chores until he was taken care of.

Anyway, here is is the start of a new week and things look promising. I noticed that I have an amaryllis blooming and a large bud on another one. I did not think I would have any blooms this year, because of the dry weather. I did not water them much, but although smaller, they are brightly blooming. God is GOoD!

Well, I did not get to walk Saturday. As most of you know, there was a strong wind all day and the boardwalk was closed. I went to the Park yesterday and walked up on the bridge and spied a large tilapia swimming at the surface. It would have looked good on a platter! :o)

We were unable to attend church because of the rains, but I watched the electronic church... not the same.

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Where do I find the strength to keep going when I'm tempted to give up?

Galatians 6:9 Don;t get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.

Endurance comes from keeping our thoughts on the promise of the harvest, not the problems of the moment.

Philippians 1:6 I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.

Philippians 2:12-13 Dearest friends, you were always so careful to follow my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to put into action God's saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.

We do not endure through our own strength alone. God is at work in our lives., He gives us strength to keep going when we are exhausted and the reasons to keep believing when we are discouraged.

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

Love and hugs,