Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Don't Fall Prey to Envy

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! Happy 12/12/12! I have already read several postings about the date which is the last I will see in my lifetime..But today is sunshiny so far, however, the weatherman says rain this afternoon, as the cold front is sneaking in. It is already quite cool north of here, but I had the A/C on for a little while this morning, because the house seemed stuffy after my shower. My cleaning ladies always notice the temp in the house as they work so hard they get quite warm!.

I found my candle rings! I decided to put them some place easier to find and store last year, but then could not remember where that place was. Yesterday, I looked high up in a closet and there they were, so I climbed up on a stool (carefully holding on to shelves) and got them down, put candles in them, and placed them where I wanted them. Another job done! I am already receiving some Christmas cards, but I have dropped most of my card mailing in the last few years.  I still like to read the ones that come in, though.

After sweeping off the wet porch, which I practically had to shovel, because the leaves were so wet; I drove over to the park for a little bit. The anhinga was airing out the wings, even though it had started raining, and I saw two egrets standing on the bank of the canal by the bridge. The water was up high after the rain from the day before and it looked good. People were leaving, because it had started coming down pretty hard. But God is good!

From the little book of devotions Knowing God:

We can't afford to waste a minute, must not squander these
precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence,
in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing
everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed!
Don't loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute.
Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!
                                      Romans 13:13-14 MSG

Because we are imperfect, we are sometimes envious of others.
but to be envious is to be foolish. So we must guard ourselves
against the natural tendency to feel resentment and jealousy
when other people experience good fortune. Rather than
succumbing to feelings of envy, we should focus on the marvelous
 things that God has done for us (and we should refrain from 
preoccupying ourselves  with the blessings that God has chosen
to give others.)

St. John Chrysostom offered thses words of caution: "As a moth
gnaws a garment, so does envy consume a man."
Count your own blessings and let your neighbors count theirs.
It's the best way to live.

                                                                Great Thoughts
What God asks, does, or requires of others is not my business, it is His.
                  Kay Arthur

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

Love and hugs,