Monday, November 11, 2013


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!  It is another beautiful day for all the parades and ceremonies taking place to honor our veterans, living and dead. I know there is a ceremony going on right now at Bay Pines, but I wanted to wait until the crowds left before I visited. I will never forget the two years Louis spent in the service and the affect it had on our lives...

My yard crew have come and gone already, and for about five minutes the driveway and front porch are clear of acorns and leaves. That is about all the time it will be clear! I swept a big pile off Saturday, but more fell as I was sweeping.

I wasn't feeling too well yesterday, so I missed church for the first time in a long time. God has blessed me with health good enough so that I don't have any excuse for staying home, and I am grateful for that.

I felt well enough to drive to Boston Market, but discovered their drive thru was closed! I have not called them yet to see if this is permanent. I hope not, because it is really convenient for me to just drive thru, ordered my dinner and come on home! So. I went to Arby's right next door....not as good as B.M., but different.

After that, I watched the exciting Ravens football game with Joe Flacco winning in overtime! Good job! Then went to the park where lots of people were, and saw the large brown gopher tortoise munching some weeds, and an anhinga stretching his wings on the weir. God is good!

From the devotional book Quiet Moments with God:

 Beloved, thou doest a faithful work in whatsoever thou
doest toward them that are brethren and strangers withal.

3 john 1:5 ASV

Kevin tells the story of a dear friend and fellow church
member who passed away after a long life of love and service.

At the funeral, his children stood up one by one to tell stories
about their father, and soon you noticed a recurring theme: that
his single most outstanding trait was his willingness to serve
others, no matter what the need.

He was one of those people always ready to lend a hand--to
run an errand, do odd jobs, or give someone a ride home . One
of his daughters mentioned how everywhere he went , he kept
a  toolbox and and pair of coveralls in the trunk of his car, "just
in case somebody needed something fixed."

More often than not, when we hear the word courage, we think
of heroic acts in times of crisis. But in our everyday lives, we
shouldn't overlook the courageousness of simply being there.
Lives are changed when we faithfully provide for our families,
care for the elderly, or lend an ear to a troubled friend. Persistence
in making this world a better place to live--for ourselves and others--
is definitely a form of courage.

Albert Schweitzer, the great Christian missionary, doctor and theologian,
was once asked in an interview to name the greatest living person .
He immediately replied, "The greatest person in the world is some
unknown individual who at this very moment has gone in love to
help another."

As you go about your work today, remember that you could be
someone else's hero.

The greatest work any of us can do
for another, whether old or young, is to
teach the soul to draw it's water from
the wells of God.
          F. B. Meyer

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

Love and hugs,