Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Living to Please Others

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! Rain has been forecast for the next couple days, but we have sun and clouds right now, and a nice breeze, so maybe later on?

Seems like the doves are plentiful around the house these days. I can hear their mournful cooing most all the time, but I haven't seen the white one for a while. When I looked in the water bowl outside yesterday, I noticed the water was very low and there were hair or fur strands floating on the bottom. I have never seen a squirrel take a bath, but how could the hairs have gotten in there otherwise? I know they drink from the bowl, but these hairs were over an inch long and of life's mysteries.

I see several of the golden rain trees around the neighborhood at this time of year. They are messier than the jacaranda trees, but so beautiful, who can complain? They grow huge and the yellow flowers are really glowing! There is one in a yard on the way to the park, and a young tree a block or two away from here. I saw a flock of ibis pecking around a picnic table in the park yesterday and a great blue heron almost hidden in some shrubs growing on the bank of the canal. Not many people were out when I was there, but a lot is going on these days. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Romans 15: 2-9
We should please others. If we do what helps them, we will build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn't please himself. As the Scriptures say: "Those who insult you are also insulting me." Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago  to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait for God's promises.

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement help you live in complete harmony with each other--each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified. Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. And he came so that Gentiles might also give glory to God for his mercies to them.

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

Love and hugs,