Monday, December 7, 2009

Freedom of the Will

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! Even though it is kind of gloomy out, I think every morning I can get up and out of bed and breathe and move is a good morning! I thought we were through with the rain for awhile, but guess God had other plans!

While I was driving yesterday, I saw a large osprey perched on the wire spanning Turner's Creek at Gateway Mall. Probably the same one that has the nest near CVS and Publix. I have seen it there before, so it is living in the neighborhood. I went to the park the rainy day Friday,, on my way to get the car serviced, and only five cars were there , so someone was out in the rain! It was wet, drippy and peaceful. No animals in sight. Speaking of animals, we have two feral kittens hanging around the backyard again. I just saw them last night in the hedge between our yard and the neighbors. Same two cats are interbreeding white and black kittens. My neighbor across the street said they were over at her house, so if these are the same ones, they must have crossed the street! Oh, well. I have enough to do without chasing the kittens!

We had a good Annual Meeting at church last night with sweet unity on most items and short discussions. God is good!


We remember how Jesus said, "...I have finished the work which Thou gavest me do do" (John 17:4) That statement reveals that God had a definite plan for Jesus' life, that He could and did know what that plan was, and that it was possible for Him to accomplish it. That was true for Christ, it is also true for each one of us. No one of us is here by accident, nor by chance. God has a plan for your life--of that you can be sure.

However, God gave to each person power of choice and freedom of will. We remember how our Lord prayed, "...nevertheless not my will but Thine be done"( Luke 22:43) That prayer teaches two important truths: first, one might have a will for his own life that is contrary to God's will for him, Second, it is possible to follow your own will and turn your back on God's will for you. Were those two facts not true, then Christ's prayer would have been mockery.

-Charles L. Allen

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

Love and hugs,