Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How Can I be joyful in hard times?

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!  I watched the weather report on the rest of the country this morning, and saw lots of snow in Minn. Flooding in Tenn. and other states and generally miserable situations all over except Florida. Once again we have lots of sun, and gentle, cool breezes, which suits me just fine!

My yard men came late yesterday morning, as did the garbage man, who did not come until 4 in the afternoon. So, I had to drag the dumpster back up instead of the yard man doing it. But I managed to do it, using my cane as a prop. While I was doing that, I saw across the street, the neighbors putting up Christmas lights and decorating.

I called my handy man, Rick, once again to remind him of the work I have for him, including putting up the lights. He will power wash the house and get it spiffy looking for Christmas and do a little trimming, plus cleaning out the gutter. There is always something that needs to be done!

Earlier in the afternoon, I drove to the car wash and got the deluxe wax, wash and blow dry for the van, so it looks a lot better, after being sprinkled on from the rain in Dunnellon. Then I stopped at the park and saw some people admiring the large tortoise. The canal was serene and full and the trees are shedding their leaves, so the road was pretty much covered. It looks a lot like fall! God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Habakkuk 3:17-18  
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no
grapes on the vine; even though the olive crop fails and the fields lie empty and
barren; even though the flocks die in the fields and the cattle barns are empty, yet
I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.

Philippians 4:4,12
Always be full of joy in the Lord.I say it again---rejoice! I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of  living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.

Joy is a choice, We may not realize it, but we choose our moods and our attitudes. God's promises in Christ are the basis for choosing joy no matter what we face.

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

Love and hugs,