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 sun just went behind a cloud but because we had rain last night some time, I was looking at the drops shining like rhinestones on the hedge right outside my window. We have blue skies and sunshine for most of the day, with a little taste of cooler weather coming this weekend.
After all the activity yesterday morning, I finally got my laundry done and a few other chores, but did not take the car out because it was still overcast and rainy until dark. Brian came by and put the recyclable bin down for me. He is good to take care of me, even though he works long hours.
I am seeing more and more ads for Christmas sales, and was remembering Pastor Kevin's words Sunday about giving gifts to his children. This is not an exact quote, but he said since Baby Jesus got only three gifts for his birthday, why should his kids get more. They will make it up on their birthdays. Makes sense to me! Of course, when there is a Christmas Eve birthday, like Brian's, that's a different story!
I saw two huge flocks of ibis wandering through a couple yards, with their beaks dirty from grubbing. They follow each other without even looking up! Amazing! God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT;
Dear brothers and sisters, whenever troubles come
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, be 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,