Monday, May 21, 2007


Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the cool start to the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Seems like we are having one beautiful day after another and the only thing missing is rain!

Yesterday I saw a small gator basking in the sun on the bank and a larger one curled on the other side of the road on the bank of the lake. Colorful butterflies were flitting among the shrubs that were planted for their benefit. Francia has several butterfly gardens at the Park and they all attract yellow, black, large and small butterflies.

Also, the big daddy hawk was keeping a watchful eye out for food for the babies, high in a dead tree across the canal. God is good!

From Quiet Moments:

Faith is a Verb

2Corinthians 5:7 "We live by faith, not by sight."

In "You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought," John Roger and Peter McWilliams offered a new description of faith. They chose the word "faithing" to describe their proactive approach to confidence in life's outcomes.

In their thinking, faithing works in the present, acknowledging that there is a purpose to everything and that life in unfolding exactly as it should. It is actively trusting that God can handle our troubles and needs better than we can. All we must do is let them go so that He can do His work.

The Two Boxes

I have in my hand two boxes
Which God gave me to hold.
He said, "Put all your sorrows in the black,
And all your joys in the gold".
I heeded His words, and in the two boxes
Both my joys and sorrows I store,
But though the gold became heavier each day
The black was as light as before.
With curiosity I opened the black.
I wanted to find out why
And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole
Which my sorrows had fallen out by.
I showed the hole to God, and mused aloud,
"I wonder where all my sorrows could be.

He smiled a gentle smile at me,
"My child, they're all here, with Me."
I asked, "God, why give me the boxes,
Why the gold, and the black with the hole?"
"My child, the gold is to count your blessings,
the black is for you to let go."

Faith can put a candle in the darkest night.
Margaret Sangster

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

Love and hugs,
Amaryllis (31 and counting)