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! We are having intermittent showers and thunder in the distance, but at least, it is rain, and that is what we desperately need. So God supplies our needs, in His time.
When the weather gets a little better I have to go to Sears to have my car battery checked. Yesterday, it kinda went "Uh" when I started it, so that worries me. I had gone to the cemetery and found all the sod has been replaced and it really looks nice. Lots of flowers were on the graves, but it was very hot. I wore a white long sleeved shirt over my tee shirt, to try to protect my arms, even though I had sunblock on. I took pictures of the whole area, along with the marker, to show Daryl.
I have noticed the same man coming when I am there. He walks out to the grave site of his loved one and just stands there for a while, remembering. It is a quiet, peaceful place with not many people on Sunday.
I also went to the Park and because of the heat and time of day, did not walk, but enjoyed looking at the water and had to stop in the street because a small turtle was stopped right in my path. Cars were coming from the other direction, so I just waited for them to pass, and then drove around the turtle, which started up again after I drove off. It wasn't even at the "turtle crossing" sign! God is good!
For some reason, perhaps the Holy Spirit nudging, I feel that I should send Haggai, Chapter 1 today. I reread an email from my friend sent in 2003 as an end of year message for his business, but it seems appropriate for Church, business or just our own personal lives. This is from the Promise Bible NLT:
This is what the Lord Almighty says: The people are saying, "The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord's house--the Temple.
So the Lord sent this message through the prophet Haggai: Why are you living in luxurious homes while my house lies in ruins? This is what the Lord Almighty says; Consider how things are going for you! You have food to eat, but not enough to fill you up. You have wine to drink, but not enough to satisfy your thirst. You have clothing to wear, but not enough to keep you warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!
This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider how things are going for you! Now go up into the hills, bring down timber, and rebuild my house. Then I will take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord. You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord Almighty while you are all busy building your own fine houses. That is why the heavens have withheld the dew and the earth has withheld its crops. I have called for a drought on your fields and hills--a drought to wither the grain and grapes and olives and all your other crops, a drought to starve both you and your cattle and to ruin everything you have worked so hard to get....
2,...Take courage, all you people still left in the land, says the Lord. Take courage and work, for I am with you, says the Lord Almighty. My Spirit remains among you just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid.
(Just a small suggestion...read the rest if the chapter, it is short, but meaningful)
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,