Friday, June 13, 2014

The Ripple Effect

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 overcast this morning and we have already had thunder nearby and I heard rumblings in the distance, but. so far, no rain. We had no rain yesterday, either, but the earth is still damp from other downpours, and I am sure we will have sun shortly!( BTW,
it is pouring and dark now!)

Yesterday I went to my doctor for a checkup and he was so pleased with my BP and weight loss that he told me not to buy a Ferrari on time, because I would probably have to pay for it! A little humor there...Anyway, I did feel good and some days are better than others as far as my back goes. Guess you can't reach my age without a few aches and pains along the way!

After leaving his office, I stopped by the church to drop off some craft stuff for VBS which starts Monday. Things will be busy around the church at that time! I had a nice chat with two friends while there. Then I went on to the park and noticed that few cars were there, but it was quiet and peaceful with the deep shade from the trees and the beauty of gnarly brown and gray branches holding up the deep green leaves and the whiteness of the egrets in the mass of green growth in the canal which still has more water in it than it used to before the rains. God is good!

From the devotional book Quiet Moments with God:

Matthew 13:32 KJV
The mustard seed! Indeed is the least of all seeds
but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs,
and becometh a tree so that the birds of the air come
and lodge in the branches thereof."

Not all people who commit their lives to Jesus Christ will be called to be world
famous. The majority of us are called to fulfill less noticeable roles in our churches
communities, and families. Yet only God may know how significant our roles are to the
future of thousands----even millions.

A century and a half ago a humble minister lived and died in a small village in Leicestershire. England. He lived there his entire life and never traveled far from home. He never attended college and had no formal degrees but he was a faithful village minister.

In his congregation was a young cobbler to whom he gave special attention,
teaching him the word of God. This young man was William Carey, later hailed as
 one of the greatest missionaries of modern times.

The village minister also had a son---a boy whom he taught faithfully and encouraged
constantly. The boy's character and talents were profoundly impacted by his father's life. That son grew up to be a man many considered the mightiest public orator of his day; Robert Hall.

When you think you are having no impact in the world by teaching a Sunday school class or visiting those who are homebound, remember the little country preacher who influenced two nations for the Lord.

We never know what ripples of healing we set in motion by simply smiling on one another.
Henry Drummond

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

Love and hugs,