Thursday, June 24, 2010

A fight to the finish

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! Already the sun is shining, and the clouds white against the blue sky, the breeze is blowing and God is in control! It isn't that I got up late, because I rolled out of bed at 6; I just showered, ate breakfast and read my emails.

Btw, in case anyone is interested, I had French toast with fresh peaches and banana for breakfast. First time in a long time. It's usually oatmeal with cranberries, cinnamon and banana. A little change is good once in a while. :o)

I was overjoyed to get my van out of the repair shop yesterday! Not so overjoyed at the price, but it's only money, right? It's hard to get along without a car. I have a friend who gave up driving, and she pays someone to take her shopping, and usually takes a cab to the doctor appointments, so one way or another you have to pay. Well, God always provides for my needs, abundantly!

I saw a small egret at the side of the canal at the Park yesterday, but other than squirrels, no other critters. It had just rained and everything was damp and still and very green. I noticed the grass is growing back in clumps in front of the house on the property.There is a Sheriff's deputy living there now. The grass had been sprayed and was dead for months, but now they are mowing it again. I guess the original purpose was to avoid mowing. Didn't work. But God is good!

From The Message:

Ephesians 6

And that about wraps it up. God is strong and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.

Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own., Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued. so that when it's all over but the shouting you'll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You'll need them throughout your life. God's Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other's spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.

And don't forget to pray for us. Pray that I'll know what to say and have the courage to say it at the right time, telling the mystery to one and all, the Message that I, jailbird preacher that I am, am responsible for getting out....

Good-bye, friends. Love mixed with faith be yours from God the Father and from the Master, Jesus Christ. Pure grace and nothing but grace be with all who love our Master, Jesus Christ.

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

Love and hugs,