Friday, May 25, 2018

Those Who Said Yes to Jesus: Priscilla

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There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together—by trade they were tentmakers. (Acts 18:2-3)

Happy Friday, Dear Friend!  My prayers are for you to be blessed on this day and tomorrow and so by Sunday, you'll be bursting with joy and blessings as you enter God's House to worship Him!  Whatever is troubling  or worrying you, turn it over to the Lord.  "Come to me, all who are heavy-laden and I will give you rest."

The passage for today introduces us to a Christian Jewish couple.  They were forced out of Rome by Claudius and his anti-Semitic policy.  As the verse says, this couple, like Paul, were tent-makers.  Any vocation of Christian workers not fully supported by the ministry is called a tent-making ministry.  You may find in some small towns, where a pastor will be a teacher in the schools during the week (that's his or her tent-making ministry), and on Sundays, they preach the Gospel.  This is where the term originated.  

Priscilla is known in some circles, as the first presbyter; fully ordained woman to preach the gospel.  She is also known as the silent author of The Letter to the Hebrews, an awesome book, written in an eloquent style that some believe to be the produce of her hand.  Think of the powerful verses that bless our lives from that letter:  Look at 11:1, for example:  "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for; the conviction of things not seen."  And let us not forget, 13:8:  "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever."

Priscilla is the diminutive of Prisca and it means "worthy or venerable."  We find her formal name mentioned in 2 Timothy 4:19, when Paul asks to "Greet Prisca and Aquila."  In most other references, she is always mentioned as the wife of Aquila; but together they blessed the early Church as well as the ministry of Jesus through Paul.  It is believed she was converted to Christianity in Rome, and even though expelled because of her heritage that only served to strengthen her faith.  She and her husband arrive in Corinth and there they meet Apollos, an eloquent preacher and speaker, but he did not yet know the way of Christ.  He was a follower of John the Baptist and his teachings, and it was Priscilla who instructed him in the knowledge of Christ's crucifixion and resurrection, making him a more effective evangelist for the sake of Jesus.

Many have noted that the zeal of Priscilla and her husband, bless many in the knowledge that together they were one in their faith in Jesus.  They worked together for the sake of God's work in Jesus.  Others have noted that they were one in marital bliss.  Their love of Christ fueled their love for one another and made their lives stronger.  They were also one in their secular occupation as tentmakers.  They worked side by side and even allowed Paul in to work with them.  Eventually, they opened their home for other believers starting a house church where the faith was shared with new believers.

Here's our take-away from this amazing woman of faith:  A strong, solid faith in Jesus Christ will see you through any thing, including a forced deportation by a government who opposes and despised you.  A strong, solid shared faith with your spouse blesses them and you, and ultimately those who know you.  A strong, exciting faith in Jesus will allow you to open your home and heart to others in the hope they that too, can come into faith in Jesus Christ.  

We do not know how they died, but Paul knew they stood with him even as he died, citing they "risked their necks" in trying to save him.  But one thing we know, their love for God through Jesus and love of God's people assured them a place in the eternal kingdom of God.

PRAYER:  Loving God, let me where I am right now, serve You.  I should not wait for things to get better or easier, to enter into dedicated, committed service to You and yours.  Anoint me with Your Spirit that I may bring wonderful blessings all around me.  This I pray in Christ Jesus' precious and powerful name, amen.

Have a great and blessed day in the Lord!  Start blessing God right now with what you have!

Eradio Valverde

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Give Unto the Lord!

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  Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever. The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. (Psalm 29 King James Version)

May the blessings of the Lord be with you today, dear Friend, is my prayer.  Today's passage is from the Psalms and it is displayed above in the King James Version.  If you compare it to a more modern version, you will see the word "ascribe" as in "ascribe to the Lord" instead of give unto the Lord. I thought it would be better to have a sense of our responsibility towards the Lord in the giving sense, rather than in "attributing" to God. 

As forgiven and blessed people, our hearts should be brimming with gratitude and love towards God.  David's heart seemed to be in that way most of his life.  From his days in the pasture to his day in the palace, he was ON when it came to giving God glory and honor.  And as he reflected on this, he wrote it down.  Consider it a To Do List of gratitude towards God:

(Check all that apply):  Give God glory!  (check?) Give God your strength! (check?) Give God glory to His Name! Give God worship in the beauty of His holiness! Hear God's voice in the waters! Hear God's voice in the thunder! Hear the power in God's voice! Hear the majesty in God's voice! Recognize that God's voice can break cedar trees! Know that God can make those same trees skip like calves! Know that God's voice can divide the flames of fire! Hear as God's voice shakes the wilderness! Know that God's voice brings forth new life! Know that God is present in all things, even floods! Know that the Lord is King for ever! Receive the strength God gives you! Receive the blessings of peace that God will give you!

I don't know about you, but this brings a blessing to my heart about what God has, is, and will do, for you and me.  And that makes my heart glad!

Dear one, may your day reflect these blessings in a way that blesses others!

PRAYER:  Loving God, receive my gratitude and praise.  May this day be a blessing that blesses so many.  Help me in hearing and seeing and saying all that blesses You.  This I pray in Christ Jesus my Lord, amen.

Have a great and blessed day in the Lord!  Be a blessing today!

Eradio Valverde

PRAYER UPDATE:  Our brother, Mr. Bill Meadows underwent a successful heart Cath and nothing more was required.  Join Bill and many as we give thanks to God!  Pray for one another.  Pray for yourself that you may be an ever-growing blessings to God and God's work!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Here I Am!  Send Me!

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In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Master sitting on a throne - high, exalted! - and the train of his robes filled the Temple. Angel-seraphs hovered above him, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew." And they called back and forth one to the other, Holy, Holy, Holy is God-of-the-Angel-Armies. His bright glory fills the whole earth. The foundations trembled at the sound of the angel voices, and then the whole house filled with smoke. I said, "Doom! It's Doomsday! I'm as good as dead! Every word I've ever spoken is tainted - blasphemous even! And the people I live with talk the same way, using words that corrupt and desecrate. And here I've looked God in the face! The King! God-of-the-Angel-Armies!" Then one of the angel-seraphs flew to me. He held a live coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with the coal and said, "Look. This coal has touched your lips. Gone your guilt, your sins wiped out."  And then I heard the voice of the Master: "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?" I spoke up, "I'll go. Send me!" (Isaiah 6:1-8 The Message)

Good day dear Friend; I'm sitting here early morning with two of my granddaughters, one of whom, Ada, said, "Today is going to be a beautiful day!"  I replied, "Yes, it is; it will be a beautiful day!"  She of course pointed out that it was dark outside and asked when morning would come.  I said in a few minutes, then the hopeful thing she said.  I pray that it is a beautiful day for you.

This is a powerful passage from the prophet Isaiah.  He shares a vision he had on a sad occasion; the death of a beloved king, King Uzziah.  I still remember clearly my Old Testament professor saying that we as Americans did not have a full understanding of what it is to serve under a monarchy; and all that comes with it.  I think we've bridged that gap a bit with the reaction and reception of the Royal Wedding last Saturday.  I think we're getting the picture, almost.  The death of a beloved king is something we may never fully understand, but the death of JFK and others have impacted our memories.  Yet, even in the mourning that came with that death of King Uzziah, Isaiah was lifted up to the heavens to see God sitting on a throne as He was being worshipped by the angels who attend to His court.  This made the prophet even more afraid of being in God's presence.  His reaction might be ours as well; to find our unclean selves in the presence of the holy God, will make us immediately reconsider who we are and what we've done.  In this version, he thinks to words that he has said, "every word I've ever spoken is tainted- blasphemous even! And the people I live with talk the same way, using words that corrupt and desecrate.  And here I've looked God in the face!"  Whoa.  You and I don't need to wait to stand before God to take inventory of our lives and some of the things we have said or done.  We know we're guilty most days, and we stand in need of forgiveness.  Isaiah's mouth was touched with a coal and proclaimed clean - you and I have been touched by God's grace and we've been proclaimed clean too as we confess our sins to the Lord.  

The Lord then shared the need for someone to go and speak truth to all; the prophet replies immediately, after his cleansing and says, "Here I am; send me!" (NRS Version). This reminds me of the hymn we sometimes sing, "I the Lord of wind and flame, I will tend the poor and lame, I will set a feast for them, My hand will save. Finest bread I will provide, till their hearts are satisfied, I will give my life to them, whom shall I send?  Here I am, Lord; is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.  I will go, Lord, if you lead me; I will hold Your people in my heart."  Many a life has been touched and changed because of that song; and many who have said Yes to the Lord as they follow Him into active ministry in all walks of life.

Do you feel you have something that's keeping you from following the Lord?  Here's the good news:  That sin is as good as forgiven the instant you confess and turn it over to Him.  Why carry extra baggage around that Christ died for over 2,000 years ago?  Give it to Him.  And then give yourself to Him.

PRAYER:  Loving God, we confess we stand in need of forgiveness.  Like the prophet we have said or thought words that were not worthy of Your approval.  Forgive us and make us new.  Let us hear clearly Your voice as we seek to be guided by You as we minister and serve among Your people.  Let our lives say, "Here I am, send me!"  In Christ Jesus I pray, amen.

Have a great and blessed day in the Lord!  It will be a beautiful day with you serving the Lord today!

Eradio Valverde

PRAYER REQUEST:  We ask for prayers this morning for Mr. Bill Meadows who is undergoing a heart Cath in San Antonio.  We pray that all go well and whatever is troubling Bill be corrected this morning.  Pray for his wife, Cheryl, and all who pray for Bill this morning.  Pray for one another.  And, pray for yourself!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

There Are Things to Do & Places to Go!

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So don't you see that we don't owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There's nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life.God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children.  And we know we are going to get what's coming to us - an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with him! (Romans 8:12-17 The Message Version)

Dear Friend, may the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you today and all days is my prayer for you.  Today's passage is from the Letter to the Romans, but it has been called The Gospel According to Saint Paul, for in it he shares the good news about Jesus to the people in the capital city of world at that time.  Paul's excitement for Jesus never waned, and it is evident as you read through this exciting book.

The Message Version of the Bible is a modern paraphrase edition of the Bible, with phrases and words that bring an extra dimension to God's word.  The title for today's devotional comes from verse 14 and shares Paul's excitement over a Spirit-led life.  Being a reader in the city of Rome was like being one in a city like New York or Las Vegas.  You can go only so many blocks and temptation hits you in the face; it is very easy to please the desires of the flesh in most major cities, or any city or town for that matter; but Paul calls us out of that way of thinking in the first verse:  "We don't owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent."  Do it yourself makes me blush for I think of that one time out of many, when I took on a fix-it situation at one of our parsonages.  That experiment took about 15 trips back and forth from the hardware store.  I expected them to call me by name each time I returned!  I am not a fix-it-yourself type of guy, nor am I when it comes to spiritual things.  I am powerless and weak, as are you; we need God to come in and do it for us, which He did through Jesus Christ.  He took our old life and crucified it with Him on the cross and gave us a new life. He took our raggedy sins and buried them - ain't no use "grave-tending" as Paul's says.  We have a resurrection life!  "It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike 'What's next, Papa?'"  My dad was one of those type dads.  He never was one to fully or thoroughly explain where we were going; get into the car or pack your suitcase was all we needed to hear, and off we went. Whether it was a Sunday drive or a visit to Walt Disney World the very first summer it was open; we were on an adventure. 

God's Holy Spirit had made those of us who have asked, children of the Most High.  God is our Father and we are His Children by simply asking and believing; then getting busy with the things we need to do and ready for the next places we are to visit.  "What an unbelievable inheritance!"  Paul said.  Hard times will only lead to good; difficult times will be easier to face, knowing and trusting that Jesus is with us.

Are you packed and ready?  Are you excited?  I am!

PRAYER:  Loving Father, thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit.  Make me a child of Yours.  Bless me with the excitement that comes from faithful obedience to following you.  Help me do what things you have asked of me; and as the journey continues, "what's next, Papa?"  This I pray in Christ Jesus' precious and powerful name, amen!

Have a great and blessed day in the Lord!  You have an adventure waiting!

Eradio Valverde

Monday, May 21, 2018

Nick at Nite:  You Must Be Born Again!

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There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:1-17 King James Version)

Good day, dear Friend!  May this first day of the work week find you well rested, blessed, and ready to go!  (One out of three ain't bad, huh?)  What was the version of the Bible you used when growing up?  Some of you are new to the Bible and that's great!  And you probably know by now the Bible comes in many versions.  If, like me, you grew up in the 50s, your version would have been the King James Bible, in what many call "King James" English; and so for today only, I chose to share today's text in KJV.  This is a well-known passage and it contains many truths which we will try to cover in a single morning's devotional.

The first part of the title comes from a channel my daughters grew up watching.  Nickelodeon after a certain hour would become Nick at Nite.  We even were in a taping of a series called Nickelodeon's GUTS; we were in the audience and we had to yell out, "Guts!" when prompted.  Nellie and I had no clue about the show and I tend to forget what we yelled out.  Or, maybe it was a bad dream...  The "Nick" in this story was an important man named Nicodemus.  He was intrigued and perhaps convicted by what he heard and saw Jesus do.  We know he became a believer in Jesus later, and this meeting with our Lord set the stage for that conversion.  He grants Jesus that He had to be sent by God, "for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him."  Correct.  Jesus further says, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."  Whoa!  Nick is thrown for a loop!  "How can a man be born when he is old?"  Jesus explains that one must be born of water and the spirit to understand the things of God.  Nick knew something wasn't happening inside the Temple as should have been happening; the miracles and solid, strong teachings were happening outside, with Jesus.  Thus, the meeting.  

Jesus reveals that God is a Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  And Jesus further shares one of the keystone verses of His ministry: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, what whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." And the verse right after that is also key:  "For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved."  Boom!  The Gospel in two sentences, 49 words in this version.  God's desire is to have a loving, living relationship with everyone for all eternity (a relationship that will not end for any reason!).  And if it took Jesus dying on a cross, that's what God paid.  And condemnation comes from us, not from God.  Many ask, "How can a loving God send people to Hell?"  The answer: God desires relationship, we choose independence and freedom and the condemnation comes from us; we send ourselves to an enteral separation from God.

This passage, dear one, fits in to the celebration the Church had yesterday.  God sent His Holy Spirit to carry on the work of His Son.  The Spirit, as Jesus explains, helps in that new birth; from earthly and carnal, to spiritual and divine; from temporary to eternal understanding of all things.  And with the Spirit, there is no telling where the Spirit will lead us.  In other words, come to faith, then buckle your seat belt, the ride of a lifetime is starting and you're not driving - God is!  

PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, bless the life of this dear reader in ways they do not expect. I pray the joy of an adventure come their way in their journey of faithfulness and fruitfulness.  Bless them in overflowing ways that their joy and love would bless everyone, especially those no one else wants or sees.  Thank You, loving Father, for not only seeing us, but loving us and helping us know we matter to You.  We pray in Christ Jesus' strong name, amen.

Have a great and blessed day in the Lord!  Buckle that seat belt and enjoy the ride!  

Eradio Valverde

Friday, May 18, 2018

Those Who Said Yes to Jesus: Thomas

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Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’ (John 11:16)

Dear Friend, Joyous Friday! Here's praying this finds you blessed and praying this will add to your blessings to overflow, that you may bless others.

Some believe this is the first introduction to Thomas. The first three gospels have Thomas in the list of disciples, but it is John's gospel that gives us an introduction to this man. Some scholars believe that Thomas was also known as Judas the Twin, for this is found in Mark 6:3, and some legends hold that Thomas was a brother to Jesus. We can almost rule that out, however, but we know Thomas by the above declaration that he believed in Jesus enough that he was willing to die with Him. He's also a pessimist, for he saw that returning back to be with Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha, was a sure-death scenario but he is willing to die. We know that Thomas was easily bewildered; the days of the Upper Room, he is here and there, and absent when he should have been present. It's in John 14 that he declares he does not know the "way" Jesus is referring to, which leads Jesus to declare, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."

We know, or we may be, like Thomas, a man who never had an unasked question. And some suggest that that is precisely the way to not having doubt. But, Thomas was and is, called the Doubter, for his absence that day when the Risen Jesus made His appearance, he was not there and declares he would not believe anything unless he saw with his own eyes and touched with his own fingers the wounds of Jesus. His absence may have been his way of mourning the death of Jesus. But, we know he was a man of great faith; when the resurrected Jesus returns and asks Thomas to touch His wounds, Thomas makes one of the greatest declarations in the gospels: "My Lord, and my God." (John 20:26-28).

Legends about Thomas place him in Parthia, an independent kingdom that stretched from the Indus to the Tigris, and from the Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea. The Romans feared the Parthians! Legend also places Thomas in India. He made a difference in some regions of that country, baptizing many, and even said to have ordained seven priests, and founded two churches (not bad for a doubter!). Another legend has him in China with great success, but ultimately returning to India, where he was murdered by a lance. I have shared that his impact was so strong that some people took the surname Thomas as proof of his influence, notably, Danny Thomas, whose faith led him to start St. Jude's Hospital to work with sick children. His daughter, Marlo Thomas continues her dad's work. I even had a seminary classmate from India whose surname was Thomas.

One of Thomas' prayers has him saying, "I thank Thee, O Lord, in all things, that thou didst die for a little space that I might live for ever in thee, and that Thou hast sold me that by me thou mightest set many free."

One source says of Thomas, "No one was ever less of a 'stained-glass saint' than Thomas. Thomas' first reaction not to do what he was told to do, and not to believe what he was asked to believed." Yet, he lived and died a life of obedience to his faith in Jesus Christ. His greatest discovery was what you and I have made, and if not yet, will make: By ourselves, everything is impossible, but with God, nothing is impossible.

PRAYER: Loving God, bless us in ways that bless others with our faith and actions that speak of Your greatness. In Christ Jesus we pray, amen.

Have a great and blessed day in the Lord! Don't worry about being in stained-glass; be one whose image is in the hearts of those you bless today!

Eradio Valverde

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Send Forth Thy Spirit & Renew the Face of the Earth

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O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide,creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it. These all look to you to give them their food in due season; when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground. May the glory of the Lord endure for ever; may the Lord rejoice in his works— who looks on the earth and it trembles, who touches the mountains and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord. Let sinners be consumed from the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 104:24-34, 35b)

Happy Thursday, dear Friend!  I pray God's rich and wonderful blessings upon you and your day today and all days.  I thank you for your prayers for my dear friend, Rev. Thom Elliott.  Yesterday morning about 11:30 he was called home.  I know he's in Glory and rejoicing with the Lord and those whom he loved and loved him.  It's sad for many of us who loved and appreciated Thom and his sense of humor, serious, deep poetic prayers and thoughts, and his smile.  Thank you, Lord, for sharing people like Thom in our lives.

This is a Pentecost psalm that sums up almost every aspect of life.  It's a psalm of praise, thanking God for all God has made; and for the limited understanding we have about creation even now, but sufficient to say, "God, You are awesome!"  I marveled at how the psalmist wrote about the deep, thinking, "How did he know about the Leviathan if he was not a scuba diver?"  And I answered my own question, duh, I've seen a whale come up for air and disappear as quickly as it appeared; surely the psalmist made a trip or two to the Mediterranean sea!  But, the verses that I love are the ones directly tied to the power of God's Holy Spirit:  "When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground."  Even among the dry bones in a dry desert, as we studied yesterday, God can bring life.  And it is new life.  As winter ended, so did the dryness and brown earth on my drive from home to work; as spring arrived, the dryness was replaced by the lush greenness of new life in the grass, trees, flowers, plants!  Yes, it made me want to sing praises to the Lord.  May we have the spirit and joy of this writer, who desired nothing more than to sing and praise God for God's goodness, dedicating all he did to the glory of God.  May it be the same for you, dear one and me!

PRAYER:  Heavenly Father, for Your goodness and beauty we are so thankful.  For the renewal of the earth by Your Spirit we are constantly needful.  Bring forth newness of spirit and life in me, and let me have the spirit that sings Your praises always and everywhere; for You are worthy of my praise.  Bless us to be a blessing to others.  In Christ Jesus we pray, amen.

Have a great and blessed day in the Lord!  Dear Reader, be renewed in your heart in a joyful way today!

Eradio Valverde