Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Open Up Your Heart

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 beautiful day waits for us to go and do!  the Wind is blowing today, though, which makes the air feel cooler, but the sun is shining and will get up to seventies today. Beautiful!

While driving around Lynch Lake yesterday, in front of the newly finished Lynch School, I watched a couple of woodstorks by themselves, and across the lake another woodstork with a flock of ducks, the white contrasting with the black ducks. The woodstorks seem to really like Lynch Lake.

Later in the afternoon, I drove to the park, which was very quiet, and enjoyed the lengthening shadows, the moss hanging down and swaying in the breeze and a single white egret standing beside a tri-colored heron. God is good!

From the little devotional book Knowing God:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 NIV
If you want to know God in a more meaningful way, you'll need to open up your heart and let Him in. C. S. Lewis observed, "A person's spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God." If you hope to receive a full measure of God's spiritual blessings, you must invite your Creator to rule over your heart. When you honor God in this way, His love expands to fill your heart and bless your life.

St. Augustine wrote, "I love you, Lord, not doubtingly, but with absolute certainty. Your Word beat upon my heart until I fell in love with you, and now the universe and everything in it tells me to love you."

Today, open your heart to the Father. And let your obedience be a fitting response to His never-ending love.
The truth of the Gospel is intended to free us to love God and others with our whole heart.
John Eldredge

                              -Great Thoughts-

You will trust God only as much as you love Him. And you will love him not because you have studied him; you will love him because you have touched him-in response to his touch.
                     Brennan Manning

Man was created by God to know and love Him in a permanent, personal relationship.

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

Love and hugs,