This is our Mississippi Team's verse. I like how the message says, take nothing for granted and serve cheerfully (without grumbling says the NIV) and love one another as if your life depended on it. May we all remember this for this coming week, but not only then (it is so easy to serve when you are on a "missions trip" and yet so hard to do it daily in our lives). May we live out the gospel at all times! God, help ME not to grumble about the little things that so often pop up in my day and steal my joy. Help me find my joy and strength in you alone. My hope is in you. Thank you for life!!
1 Peter 4:7b-11 (Niv)
Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
Above all, love each other deeply,
because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,
faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.
If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides,
so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.
1 Peter 4:7b-11 (The message)
"Take nothing for granted.
Stay wide-awake in prayer.
Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it.
Love makes up for practically anything.
Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully.
Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it:
if words, let it be God's words;
if help, let it be God's hearty help.
That way, God's bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he'll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time."
Well, enjoy the peace and quiet in the blogging world until I return (probably on the 24th). You'll have to depend on others for pictures because my camera broke on Monday and I haven't had a chance to replace it. I need to do that before I leave for college park. But anyhow, have a great week. I can't wait to hear stories of all the things that happen at home while we are away.
Press on towards the prize to which Christ has called us!