Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ephesians 2

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 in a month of beautiful days again. Cool morning temps and warm days. The spring breakers could not ask for anything better!

Today has started out a lot better for Brian than yesterday..and for me. As I look at the events, though, God could not have worked it out any better. I had not had breakfast when Brian called, but was dressed and ready to go...when we got to the car rental, we had to wait, but as we waited, the phone call came saying his car had been towed by mistake, not stolen, so before we could rent one for him. we were on the way back. We had to go out to the towing company in the boondocks of Pinellas Park to get the car, so while he took off for work, I came on back home and then was able to do the errands I had planned on. But I am always flexible, so it all worked out.

His car was towed because the management had told the towing company to tow any car that was in spot that was supposed to be vacant. He has parked in the same assigned space for 7 years, but the office had it marked vacant. Go figure!

After I got my errands run, i stopped in at the park to check it out. Not many people were there, but it was quiet and peaceful. . The only critters I saw were squirrels..not even an ibis in sight, but God is good!

( note to not try any Dancing with the Stars moves unless I have an appointment booked for a massage the next day)

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Ephesians 2
Once you were dead, doomed forever because of your many sins. You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passions and desires of our evil nature. We were born with an evil nature, and we were under God's anger just like everyone else.

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, that even while we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's special favor that you have been saved!). For he has raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms--all because we are one with Christ Jesus. And so  God can always point to us as examples of the incredible wealth of his favor and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us through Christ Jesus.

God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can't take credit, for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none  of us can boast about it. For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

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

Love and hugs,