Friday, May 18, 2012

Give Your Best

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! The sun is shining brightly, no, or very, few clouds in the sky , birds are chirping, squirrels are scampering and digging, and it is a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

The sun as it shines through the high crescent shaped window in my front door is blinding for a little while early in the morning as I walk across the living room. But in a little while it rises enough so it gets above the window...nice while it lasts!

I had a good night's sleep in contrast to the sleepless one Wed. night., so already today is a better day. Well, the graduation announcements keep coming in and amaze me with how fast the kids are growing up. So far, I have 3, not counting the college announcement from a friend who has worked hard to get her degree after raising her kids, and one more invitation to come in, from a great nephew!

I went to the park yesterday and almost clipped a squirrel who was stretched out leaping across in front of the car! The water is up after our nice rain, the moss was swaying in the breeze and the mowing crew was doing their job with a long piece of moss hanging from one of the ride on mowers brace across the back. It was kinda funny! And the man who lives in his car, was pulling everything out of the vehicle and had bags all over the top and hood of the car, cleaning it out, I guess. The car is absolutely packed with all his stuff. But, God loves him and God is good!

From the devotional book Quiet Moments with God for teachers:

"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded and from the one who has been entrusted with much , much more will be asked." 
Luke 12:48

Mrs. Gibson's kindergarten class filed onto the stage. This was the day they had all waited and practiced for . The children bounced with excitement, every boy and girl dressed in his or her Christmas best. The stage was a plethora of red, white, green, smiles, and wiggles!

The program progressed smoothly. Mrs. Gibson smiled at the children, and they smiled back. They seemed to remember every instruction she had given them before they went on stage. Mrs. Gibson began to relax and enjoy the presentation.

Chris was one of the last children to speak and stepped proudly to the microphone. He took a deep breath and began. "The Wise Men brought their best gifts to Jesus. They brought Gold, Frankenstein, and Smurfs."

Chris got quite an ovation. He lingered for a moment behind the microphone, chest thrust out, all smiles. He had done his best.

That is all any of us can do. God gave His very best gift to us. When we bring our gifts to Jesus, they don't have to be perfect. They just need to be our best, given from a heart of love.

Give of you best to the Master,
Naught else is worthy His love.
He gave Himself for your ransom,
Gave up his glory above. Laid down 
His life without murmur.
You from sin's ruin save;
Give Him your heart's adoration.
Give Him the best that you have.
Howard B. Grose

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

Love and hugs,