Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Jammin' thru James

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!

As I watch the drips pouring off the roof, it seems that the sky is crying tears for Officer David Crawford whose services are being held in just and hour and a half. My fervent prayer is that this is the last service in St. Petersburg for a fallen officer! What a way to start a new month!

Because of the falling pollen, I am happy for the rain, hoping it will dampen down all the stuff floating around in the air, although it is just a light sprinkle. Every little bit helps! I have given up walking in the park, because of all the pollen, and my sneezing. I still ride through every day, just so I can see what is going on and watch the azaleas blossoming out. Also, I like to see the gators and turtles. Yesterday I looked out my window at home and saw the yard was filled with ibises and right in the middle was a little squirrel, happily munching on an acorn. The ibis went on pecking and the squirrel kept on munching. They were happily co-existing...a good example for all of us! God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Controlling the tongue...James 3

Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged by God with greater strictness.

We all make many mistakes, but those who control their tongues can also control themselves in every  other way. We can make a large horse turn around and go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth, And a tiny rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever a pilot wants it to go, even though the winds are strong. So, also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.  And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. It can turn the entire course of your life into a blazing flame of destruction, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

People can tame all kinds of animals and birds and reptiles and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is an uncontrollable evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Can you pick olives from a fig tree or figs from a grapevine? No, and you can't draw fresh water from a salty pool...(more tomorrow)

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

Love and hugs,