Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Word from 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! I thought yesterday that we were going to have another thunderstorm, because the sky looked so dark around noon, but just a few sprinkles on the car, and that was it, Although if I had gone to Gateway Mall as I had planned, I probably would have run into the rain. I could see that it looked like it was really coming down just a few blocks up the street.

However, I got my errands run and did what I had to do, so that was good. After I finished running around, I toured the park, but not a lot of people were there. It was very hot and the sky was dark. A couple of walkers decided to walk in the street instead of the sidewalk, and they crossed right in front of me, not seeming to know there was a car behind them. I stopped to decide where they were going and one finally looked back, so they decided to stay on one side. They were not wearing ear buds, so I guess they just weren't paying attention. Good time for me to practice patience...I saw a squirrel sitting up in the yard and one at the park nibbling on acorns, and they looked so cute, I just wanted to scratch their little bellies. I also saw an anhinga, and an almost invisible tri-colored heron blending in with his surroundings. God is good!

Faith and endurance from James 1 NLT:

Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.

If you need wisdom--if you want to know what God wants you do do--ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can't make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do....

God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

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

Love and hugs,