Thursday, August 16, 2007

Night Watch

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! After last night's storm, this morning is clear and promises to be hot!

I walked on the dry boardwalk yesterday, but today it will be puddly again. I am eager to see if Mama gator has come back, because two days in a row she has not been seen. I hope she has not deserted her nest.

It seemed to be just a little cooler yesterday, or at least, a breeze was blowing, so I wasn't so warm while walking... plenty drippy when I stopped moving, though. I was admiring the thick ferns, which are thriving from all the rain. Many of them are in water, and tiny sounds are always being heard, from the different little critters living in the water. God is marvelous!

From Quiet Moments:

...Times of trial and struggle often seem like long, dark nights. But doing the right thing - even the hard thing - gives us hope. How do we maintain those long night watches when there seems to be little change in our circumstances?

1. Take one step at a time. Don't attempt to tackle the whole task at once. "A man's steps are directed by the Lord." (Proverbs 20:24)

2. Keep your struggles in perspective. Separate the mountains from the molehills.

"What then shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)

3. Cultivate the discipline of delayed gratification.

"Let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."(James 1:4 KJV)

4. Learn to recognize the invisible God in the world around you.

"By faith he [Moses] left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible." (Hebrews 11:27)

Placing your hope in the Lord helps you to do all these things. He will lead you; He will remove your mountains; He will strengthen you, helping you to be patient; and He will open your eyes to His works all around you.

If it were not for hope
the heart would break.
English proverb

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

Love and hugs,