Monday, November 21, 2016

Faith brings Joy

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! We have lots of sunshine even though the temp. was in the high fifties this morning. I put my winter blanket on the bed last night, and even though the sheet felt icy, it soon warmed up. Guess I will have to put my flannel sheet on next, then I will really be cozy!

I am so sleepy this morning, I fell like I should go back to bed and start all over again about noon! The doctor changed my BP meds and maybe that is making me sleepy. I'll go outside in a little while and get some sun in my face. That should wake me up!

I received a comforting phone call from Pastor Dave, our visitation pastor, Saturday and he prayed for me for comfort on my sister;s passing. He is a good asset to our staff. And I discovered his wife, Kay, grew up in Johnstown, PA which my several greats grandfather founded! Small world!

Wade Anderson, our intergenerational pastor, preached yesterday because Pastor Kevin and Lori are on a 25th anniversary cruise. He was very good and gave a good message And before going into church, I rejoiced with my friend, Dan. about the Gators big win with their goal line stand!. My new young friend, Judy sat next to me. She is bouncy, pretty, and has a boy friend. I don't know why she wants to sit with an old lady, but we get along well.

After church I took a tour through the park and was hoping to see the gopher tortoise that I had

 spied Saturday, but he wasn't out. I did see, however, several egrets and an anhinga, and coming home the other day, an osprey was perched on the line around Lynch Lake. God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:

Romans 5:1-5
Therefore, since we have been made right in
God's sight by faith, we have peace with God
because of what Jesus Christ, our Lord has
done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has
brought us into this place of highest privilege
where we now stand and we confidently and
joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems
and trials, for we know that they are good for us---
they help us learn to endure. And endurance
develops strength and character in us, and character
strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.
And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we
know how dearly God loves us , because he has given
us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

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

Love and hugs,