Life is full of test and disappointment,
frustration and disagreement,
but never justifies our rebellion to
the Giver of all we have...
So much more than meets the eye
is in the bud of bloom...
...in bud of day
in the bud of youth
Beloved, let us love one another,
for love is of God;...
1 John 4:7
Let’s count our blessings, not our woes
Let’s love in spite of how life goes
For what good is all else we claim
If we put charity to shame
Let’s make the most of moment-gold
Poured, tick by tock into a mold
That we can never modify
No matter how hard we may try
Let’s live the first, Greatest Command
With humble heart and helping hand
Let’s pray while we traverse earth’s sod
And leave the details up to God
© Janet Martin
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?
Even sinners love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you?
Even sinners do that.
And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
But love your enemies, do good to them,
and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.
Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High,
because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
A Call To Persevere...Jude 18-21
But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold.
They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers
who will follow their own ungodly desires.”
These are the people who divide you,
who follow mere natural instincts
and do not have the Spirit.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith
and praying in the Holy Spirit,
keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ
to bring you to eternal life.