Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! Happy June first! This is the cloudy day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!
Well, I was able to see the "blue Moon " this morning, but it was streaked with clouds in front of it, riding low in the southwest! The second full moon in the month of May! God is Awesome!
We went to the park yesterday, but all was pretty quiet in the stillness of the heat, but saw many butterflies flitting about. They seem to enjoy hot summer days. We also went over to Joe's Creek Park, and walked for a little way, enjoying the cool breezes off the lake. It is such a pretty little park, but no one ever seems to be there...
"But let all who take refuge in you rejoice,
let them sing joyful praises forever.
So all who love your name may be filled with joy,
For you bless the godly, O Lord
surrounding them with your shield of love."
A devotional by Ruth Stafford Peale from the Guideposts 2007:
My husband, Norman and I both knew a man who often felt discouraged and weak from the blows of life. One bleak, rainy morning, he entered a diner for breakfast. Several others were there, but no one spoke to anyone else. Our friend sat down on a stool and tried to decide what to order for breakfast. Even that was a difficult chore.
At the other end of the diner, he noticed a young mother with her little girl. Suddenly the child broke the silence by asking her mother, "don't we say grace here, Mommy?"
Behind the counter the cook looked at the little girl and said, "Sure we do, honey. Will you say it for us?"
The little girl bowed her head, clasped her hands and said in a loud voice, "God is great and God is good, and we thank Him for our food. By his hand we all are fed. Give us, Lord, our daily bread." All of a sudden, the atmosphere in the diner changed and people began talking to one another.
Our usually gloomy friend later told us how that experience was pivotal for him He saw the little girl's faith and he, too, started to believe in God, to believe in other people and to believe in himself. He began to pray regularly, no matter how much rain was coming down outside. He experienced the power of prayer in the midst of adversity and that made all the difference!
There's no sense worrying or despairing over past failures, present situations for potential mishaps. As long as we truly do our best as praying, positive-thinking people, God will see us through.
Ruth Stafford Peale
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,
Amaryllis (21 and counting)