Thursday, November 3, 2011

Looking back

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! Another cool morning with a warm afternoon coming up;, another in a string of days when the heat or A/C is not needed. Wonderful! We wait for this weather all summer, and it finally comes!

I just puttered around the house yesterday, ironing, laundry and various other things until my cleaning ladies came. They called from Dunkin' Donuts and asked if I wanted one of their coffee drinks. I told Cheryl I would rather have a pumpkin muffin, since I am not a coffee drinker, so they brought me a pumpkin muffin and a pumpkin donut, which I didn't know they had! I ate the donut with them, and then saved the muffin which is huge!

I had a call from David, my yard man, and his truck won't be repaired until Monday or Tuesday, so he said he would bring in heavy equipment to do the yard, since it hasn't been mowed for three or four weeks. I had to laugh, because it isn't that bad!
So, God is good!

From the devotional book, Quiet Moments with God:

When you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.
Psalm 4:4
We all know the story of the movie It's a Wonderful Life. George Bailey's Uncle Billy loses eight thousand dollars on the day the bank examiner shows up, and George is frantic. In despair, he goes home and looks at his house and family with discouraged eyes. He decides he is a failure at Business, his child is sick, his house is all but coming down around his ears--why not just put an end to his life?

Thank God for Clarence! Through a series of events, this angel without wings shows George how much his life has meant to his family and friends. Without George, his brother, Harry, would be dead; Mr. Gower, the druggist, would be in prison; his wife would be a frightened old maid; and Bedford Falls would be known as Pottersville---a town as mean and miserable as its namesake.

When George Bailey took an honest look at his life, he could see that despite all the disappointments, there were more than enough triumphs to balance the scales. He had done the best he could, and that had brought tremendoous blessing to his family, friends, and community.

Have you had a similar crisis of conscience, a moment when you wondered if your life was worth anything? Take note of these words from Bishop thomas Wilson, and ask yourself these questions at the close of each day:

What good am I doing in the world?

Am I bringing up my children to fear God?

Have I been kind and helpful to poor and needy people?

Have I been honest in all my dealings?

Have I lived in the fear of God and worshipped Him both publicly and privately?

The wisest thing to do is keep short accounts. Take stock of your life often. Don't wait for the closing chapter to decide how your book will end!

How boundless is that volume which God hath written of the world! Every creature is a letter. Every day a new page.
Joseph Hale

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

Love and hugs,