Monday, March 22, 2010

Encouragement, Part 2

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! After a rainy Sunday, today has dawned bright and sunny, but a little cooler. But we know spring has come, so soon the weather will be warmer than we like!

I saw a gorgeous peacock on my way into the park yesterday. The sun was shining on his jade feathers and they were gleaming! God's creation is beautiful! Instead of the gator on the bank, four little moorhens were swimming about where he usually suns. Apparently they knew he was not lurking about. I have never seen them there before. Not many people were out, because it was still cloudy and drippy. But God is good!

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.

Philippians2:12-13 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 in our own strength alone. God is at work in our lives. He gives us the 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,