Monday, October 10, 2011

James 1

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! Water is still dripping off the roof from the all day rain yesterday, but today the sun is shining and it looks like a cool, wonderful day! I drove to church in a light rain, but by the time I parked, it was really coming down hard. I got in fairly dry with my umbrella, but found out my back was wet, which soon dried.

My yard is a mess from the high winds Saturday, which whipped the twigs and branches from the trees, so now, it really needs a clean-up, Since the growth of the grass has slowed down, I only have it mowed every two weeks, and this is the week, so it will mostly be cleaned up Thursday. I can wait. I looked out the garage side door late yesterday to see if could take trash out, and a flock of birds landed and were very busily pecking on the ground, so I did not go out, but stood and watched, I didn't recognize the kind, but then realized they must have been immature blackbirds, kind of brownish with stripes. A few very black blackbirds were with them. They soon left in a cloud and perched on the overhead wires.

As I drove to church, I saw a woodstork and an anhinga perched on the same sign on the banks of Lynch Lake, contrasting very sharply with one black and one white..a strange pair. But God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

James 1:2-8

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 to 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 an 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, Amaryllis