Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Double Blessings

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! Well, it is a little cooler for a change. The rain we had yesterday brought in a cold front just as predicted. Maybe this will be the last for awhile, but  the dry air is very welcome.

After spending a couple hours studying, I stretched and decided to go to Publix to pick up some needed groceries yesterday. I looked for the osprey nest high on the pole there and sure enough, saw two little heads pop up, so the rain and wind did not topple the osprey nest. Praise the Lord! Even though the nests look like a mass of twigs and stuff, they must be knit together pretty sturdily. Afterwards, I went on to the park and saw more trash piled up against the weir, and a lone anhinga standing in the middle of it. Not many people were out, because it was still very overcast and threatening. But it is good that we had the rain, and soon the temps will pop back up to nearly ninety! God is good!

From Quiet Moments with God devotional:

IN your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in  your brotherly kindness, love.
2 Peter 1-7 NASB
British statesman and financier Cecil Rhodes, whose fortune acquired from diamond mining in Africa endowed the world famous Rhdes Scholarships, was know as a stickler for correct dress-but not at the expense of someone else's feelings.

Once it was told that Rhodes invited a young man to an elegant dinner at his home. The guest had to travel a great distance by train and arrived in town only in time to go directly to Rhodes home in his travel-stained clothes. Once there, he was distressed to find that dinner was ready to begin and the other guests were gathered in the finest evening clothes. But Rhodes was nowhere to be seen. Moments later, he appeared in a shabby old blue suit. The young man later learned that his host had been dressed in evening clothes , but put on the old suit when he heard of his guest's enbarrassnent.

Rabbi Samuel Holdenson captured the spirit behind Rhodes's gesture, saying:  Kindness is the inability to remain at ease in the presence of another person who is ill at ease, the inability to remain comfortable in the presence of another who is uncomfortable, the inability to have peace of mind when one's neighbor is troubled.

The simplest act of kindness not only affects the receiver in profound ways, but brings blessings to the giver as well. It makes us feel good to make others feel good. So do something nice for yourself today--commit a random act of kindness!

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

Love and hugs, Amaryllis