Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Brewing Good Relationships

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! The sky is clear this morning and a beautiful shade of blue, and maybe no rain today. Yesterday, we had one of those unexpected, torrential downpours, which lasted a short while, and then the sun came back out. I don't think that will happen today...

I had the Acme Tech come out yesterday to check out the A/C and furnace preparing for winter. This company originally installed our A/C forty years ago and we have had the same tech out so many times, he is like family. He used to also do the work at the church, and always inquires about the church. Anyway, everything was fine and working well.

After the rain, I went to the park, and the water was up and over the weir, with big puddles everywhere! I walked to the bridge to look for the young gator, but the water was so high, it was well over the mud bank where he hangs out, so no sign of him. The current was flowing swiftly, and I am sure was pouring over the walls of the water works sides at the third bridge. I saw what I thought was a bunny, but stopped to look closely, and it was a squirrel with a bob tail. He must have lost it somewhere. And then I saw four of the furry critters gathered together under a tree sharing acorns.

I drove to Cartek to have my tires aired up, and Ray found a screw imbedded in my right rear tire, so he fixed it and told me it was taken care of. I was puzzled by this random act of kindness, but thanked him and went on my way. God is good!!

From Quiet Moments with God:

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Proverbs 25:11

...Always choose teas whose basic flavors are pleasing to you or your guests. If they are loose teas, don't be afraid to do a little blending, measuring one teaspoon per cup plus one teaspoon per pot. Let the tea steep for several minutes, but don't boil tea leaves. If you do, bitter tannins will emerge.

Like brewing tea, forming good relationships takes time and attention to be satisfying. Here are ten ways to show the love of Jesus to others--guaranteed to bring out the best "flavor" of each person:

1. Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

2. Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown; 14 to smile.

3. Call people by name. The sweetest music is the sound of one's own name.

4. Be friendly and helpful.

5. Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is a pleasure.

6. Be genuinely interested in people. You can like everybody if you try.

7. Be generous with praise--cautious with criticism.

8. Be considerate of the feelings of others. It will be appreciated.

9. Be thoughtful of the opinions of others.

10. Be alert to give service. What counts most in life is what we do for others.

These things take time, but like the time spent perfecting that pot of tea, it is well worth the extra effort.

                        Hold a true friend with
                           both your hands.
                               African Proverb

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

Love and hugs, Amaryllis