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 bright, sunny morning with lots of heat promised...although, in fact, it does not cool down much even at night. My son, in TN, says they have already had temps in the high sixties, so fall is coming soon, maybe not here but in other places.. This morning on the news, I heard how the people in Tampa plan to have heat stations throughout the downtown area for the RNC. Water, and shade to combat the heat for the thousands coming who are not used to our temps.
I also logged on early to see how the Rays did in Seattle last night, and once again, they won! Yay! I don't like the west coast games, because they don't start until 10 our time, so I don't stay up to watch. In fact, this morning, as I was praying I was also dozing off...had a hard time staying awake, until all my notes slipped off my lap! Well, I need to stay awake and get things done around here. I did some ironing yesterday, but have more to do today.
I also took time to go the the library, which is a very busy place on Mondays. Then I went to the park and only found six cars there. It was very hot and the teachers had started back to school , so that probably accounted for some of the little traffic. I have been watching the construction progress on St. Pete Christian School, near me, and they are working frantically on the parking lot now, to get it finished. The teachers had to park on the east side and use some of the nearby church's parking lot to get everybody situated.
There were ducks parading across the road in the park, and an ibis was pecking for food, moss was blowing in the gentle breeze and the shade was welcome. God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
Where do I find the strength to keep going when I'm tempted to give up?
Galatians 6:9 Don't get tired of doing what is good. Don't get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.
Endurance comes from keeping our thoughts on the promise of the harvest, not the promise of the moment.
Philippians 1:6 I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.
Philippians 2:12:13 Dearest Friends, yuou were always so careful to follow my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to put into action God's saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.
We do not endure through our own strength alone. God is at work in our lives. He gives us the strength to keep going when we are exhausted and the reasons to keep believing when we are discouraged.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,