Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Good warm morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! As I stepped outside this morning, I could see stars dimly through the haze and a few puffy clouds. We still have water running in our gutters, even though there has been no rain this week. But the ducks like it!

As I walked yesterday, there was a nice breeze blowing, which helped with the cooling. Mama gator was not visible, so I don't know if she was under the boardwalk, or stepped out for breakfast. I stopped at the second level of the tower to enjoy the breeze and watch the skimmers swooping low on the water for a tasty fish, and on my way back, I noticed the larger gator had climbed up on the bank to enjoy the sun. He looked like the same one that swam so fast under the tower the other day. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT

When I am confused, where do I turn for clarity, wisdom, understanding and direction?

James 1:5-8 "If you need wisdom__if you want o know what God wants you to do__ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can't make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do."

Psalm 119:125 "Give discernment to me , your servant, then I will understand your decrees."

Discernment is the ability to interpret events and to understand the true nature of people and situations. Discernment is an aspect of wisdom. It enables us to see behind the facades that mask the truth. Discernment shows us the way through confusion and distractions. Whereas the devil is the "father of lies," God is the father of the truth, and he gives discernment to those who seek it.

1 Corinthians 2:12-16"God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world's spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. When we tell you this, we do not use words of human wisdom. We speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit's words to explain spiritual truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them because only those who have the Spirit understand these things, but others can't understand us at all. How could they? For, "Who can know what the Lord is thinking? Who can give him counsel?" But we can understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ."

Those who believe in Jesus Christ will find that God gives them a new perspective on life. We have the mind of Christ, coming primarily from God's word. It also comes through the Holy Spirit's guiding our thought and decisions.

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

Love and hugs,