Monday, July 18, 2011

Growing in the Knowledge of God

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!  A beautiful sky this morning,; puffy clouds and blue sky in between.  Yesterday started out this way, but a thunderstorm blew up in the afternoon. However, I was busy baking a cake, so it didn't bother me. I had a little trouble with the cake pan, though. The batter was so heavy, the Bundt pan came apart with the batter in it! I carefully fitted it back and other than batter cooked everywhere in the pan, so I had to soak it over an hour to get it apart, the cake turned out actually pretty good...doesn't look so pretty, though. Taste is the main thing, right?

I saw the high water in the park Saturday, and all the new trash that had washed down the canal and piled up at the weir and some of it washed over to the other side. Should be time to mow soon, because the grass is way high and all the weeds, too. There was a birthday party going on in the shelter, even though it was sprinkling, but they were dry and having a good time!  The white egrets look so outstanding against the greens and the muddy banks. There is beauty everywhere if we just look. 

Even in my yard..the plumbago is a pretty blue and the crape myrtle is bloomed out all over with pink flowers. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

2 Peter 1:3-9
As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive his own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around  you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature.

So make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. Then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind, or, at least, very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin.

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

Love and hugs, Amaryllis