Wednesday, November 9, 2011

God's Plan

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! This will be a day like start and warm finish, but then comes another cold front, so tomorrow night we will finally have a big change and I may have to turn the furnace on for the first time this year!

I got some good walking yesterday when I visited the Neighborhood Walmart store. All in all, it was a good shopping experience. Not many people in the store and they had everything I wanted and then some! I had seen a segment on the local news yesterday of some of the weird things and people that happen in Walmart stores, featuring the manager of the local superstore. Unbelievable what some people will do in public!

So, after that I put away the groceries and drove to the park to see what was going on. On the way there, I saw the ever present woodstorks and ibis around Lynch Lake. But just as I got through the gate at the park, a crowd of people, with cars parked along the road, were gathered at the lake on the right, looking at a large gator. He hasn't been there in quite a 
while, but, until he sank from all the onlookers, he really thrilled a lot of people. I can't blame them, because I never lose my excitement over seeing them in the wild. God is good!

From the devotional book Quiet Moments with God:

Genesis 2:15   Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.  

Thomas Edison, probably the greatest inventor in history, once said, "I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun."

He changed the lives of millions with his inventions of the electric light and the phonograph. He also helped perfect the motion picture, the telephone, and the electric generator. Edison patented more tha 1100  inventions in sixty years.

What was the secret of his success? He defined it himself as "1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration," Perhaps Edison's greatest contribution to modern society was his attitude toward work.

Have you ever thought about the fact that God worked? After He had completed His Creation work in six days, He rested on the seventh. Some people think work was a condemnation upon human beings after Adam's sin. But work was part of Adam's life from the very beginning. God created Adam in His image, and He placed him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate His creation.

 Work has its rewards and laziness its consequences. The ant is a good worker. It busily gathers food for the winter without anyone giving a command. In like manner we are to initiate work ourselves and do our best. Paul reminds us not to grow weary of doing good. Work may not always be fun, but it is essential and gives us a sense of accomplishment that nothing else can bring.

Now I wake me up to work,
I pray thee, Lord, I will not shirk.
And if You should come tonight,
I pray You'll find my work's all right.

It is our best work that God wants, not the dregs of our exhaustion. I think he must prefer quality to quantity.
Gordon MacDonald

I always give thanks for you, remembering you with joy, thanksgiving, and love!
Love and hugs,