Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shine Brightly for Christ

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! It is another very warm morning with overcast skies, so maybe we will have another small thunderstorm like we did yesterday. I sat and waited for the storm to come and go before I finished doing the running around that I needed to do.

I had shopped at Publix in the morning and walked all around the store, gathering the few things I needed, taking my shopping bags with me. I also had the Publix insulated  container which is really handy for putting frozen or cold foods in. It has a double zipper on top, but the older stock man who bagged everything up, did not zip it up. I should have asked him to , but sometimes the retired people who go back to work, are set in their ways and do not take kindly to suggestions. No insult intended. So, anyway, I did it myself and told him I didn't need his help to get to the car...just a little incident in my day.

I am so provoked at the little black birds who scratch out the mulch in my plant bed in front. They make a mess on the sidewalk, and I have no idea what they are looking for. I am always glad to see the birds flying around and zipping through the yard, but none of the others scratch out the mulch like they do. Oh, well, I need the exercise of sweeping...

I went to the park after the rain and, once again, the trash is piled up against the weir. I don't see any turtles when the green stuff covers the water. They just wait until it's clear. But I did see a tri-colored heron, standing tall and majestically by the canal and the usual ibis pecking along. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

 Philippians 2:5-11
Dearest Friends, you were always so careful to follow my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to put into action God's saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.

In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them. Hold tightly to the word of life, so that when Christ returns, I will be proud that I did not lose the race  and that my work was not  useless. But even if my life is to be poured out like a drink offering to complete the sacrifice of your faithful service  (that is, if I am to die for you) I will rejoice, and I want to share my joy with all of you. And you should be happy about this and rejoice with me.

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

Love and hugs, Amaryllis