Friday, July 6, 2012

Treasure in Perishable Containers

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! Lots of sunshine and a few clouds, but our summer weather continues with no surprises. This is our unexpected thunderstorm weather, with scattered storms about that don't last very long, but are welcome because of the clouds when they appear. We had one at our neighborhood Wed. When I was driving home I saw the dark cloud right overhead, and by the time I got home, a few drops had landed on the van. As soon as I drove into the garage, the downpour came! Good timing!

The yard got mowed, trimmed, and edged yesterday and looks nice for awhile. It's growing much faster these days, because of the rain and sun. I always hear a mower going somewhere in the neighborhood. Speaking of that, I saw the debris left from all the fireworks that were going off and booming around until midnight on the 4th. I could tell who had the noisemakers, but I'm happy I wasn't any closer. I'm wondering if I will see any debris cleaned up today...

When I drove into the park yesterday, hardly anyone was there. I saw only two or three cars, and no one walking. Of course, it was hot and close to noon, but still unusual. However, the squirrels, egrets and ibis did not mind the lack of people and went about their business of pecking and scampering. The canal is still full, and the current is moving swiftly, with interesting fish swimming about, normally gar and tilapia. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

1 Corinthians 4:14-18
"We know that the same God who raised our Lord Jesus will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself along with you. All these things are for your benefit. and as God's grace brings more and more people to Christ, there will be great Thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying,  our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! So we don't  look at the troubles we can see right now, rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever.

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

Love and hugs,