Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Catching up

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!  No rain yesterday, but overcast skies which made it nice and cooler, and today may be the same before our humidity is less. We may have fall yet before Halloween!

Sunday, we had a most meaningful communion service, with hand washing before partaking of the elements. Then, after church, we had a picnic in the parking lot to celebrate FCC's 37th anniversary! Thanks to the comfortable umbrellas and overcast skies, it was perfect weather!  I chose a table and then was interested to see who God brought to sit with me. I was pleased to have a young couple with their 2 year old daughter, and a new couple sit and chat awhile and then Martha Ann and Joyce came and Tim had everyone sing  Happy Birthday to Martha Ann. (Her 80th is today). Then, later, another friend came and squeezed in and had dessert with us. It was a good afternoon!

Yesterday, Brian invited me to go the Sarasota to have lunch at Der Dutchman, a huge Mennonite restaurant, even bigger than Miller's in Bradenton! After I finished my slice of peanut butter pie, we took a drive to St. Armand's Key and discovered the shopping district was packed with shoppers, and diners at the many restaurants. 

Before we had lunch, we covered some of the stores on the same complex and I bought a Christmas gift at Miller's furniture store. They have beautiful wood furniture of all kinds, including roll top desks! and lots of gift items. We also visited the quilt shop,but no quilts were for sale. Lots of quilting supplies, plus a huge quilt being stitched by two ladies; one Mennonite and one not. could tell by the cap she was wearing...

On the way back to the interstate, I saw a flock of roseate spoonbills in a water-filled ditch  beside the highway! Gorgeous! God is good!

A Prayer From a Friend:

Dear Jesus,
I long for my spiritual and physical life to become such a blend that I can not separate the two. I also desire to be a Lighthouse for your love with friends, neighbors, and extended family. I want to be able to do more for others than what I can accomplish on my own. I am so thankful for how I have been pulled out of the darkness and into the light. I am so thankful that you regenerate and prepare me for each day. What an awesome thought to know that I am your brother - and God's child. I so desire to receive power and direction from you to sharing hope and direction with other people. I come to you and give you my life today-seeking the love, guidance, power, and majesty of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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

Love and hugs, Amaryllis