Monday, August 31, 2015

Faith and Endurance

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! The rain held off until last night, so I enjoyed going to worship and the powerful sermon on Love Illuminated.

After church I went to Boston Market for my dinner and ordered an extra salad for later. They have a small Mediterranean salad that I like very much.

When I got home, I turned on the TV to catch a little of the replay of the Eagles/Packers game on NFL, but discovered that neither of my TVS were working. After checking with BH I just decided to go  without and settled down to eat and read. Later on, when I tried them, they both worked. Humph. Another mystery.

Brian came over Saturday and did my bookkeeping for me which he does every month. Even when I mess up, he usually does not say anything. He just fixes the problem. He also put the battery in the digital scales I had been trying to get in the right way. and then he switched light bulbs on the front porch and put in the LED that is supposed to last 25,000 hours. I am not counting!

My crape myrtle is showing its last blossoms,and the bird of paradise is still blooming and the acorns are falling more rapidly from the oaks. I was interested in watching a flock of ibis moving from yard to yard across the street after the neighbor had freshly mowed. They were like a wave, almost in unison, up and down, all together with their heads down and pecking. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

James 1:2-8,13
Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes
your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your
faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character
and ready for anything.

If you need wisdom---if you want to know what God wants you
to do--ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent
your asking. But when you ask him make sure that  you
really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled
as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
People like that should not expect to receive anything from
the Lord. They can't make up their minds. They waver back and
forth in everything they do...

God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward
they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to
those who love him.

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

Love and hugs,