Thursday, November 1, 2007


Happy November First! And Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is another cloudy, windy day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! I saw the almost half moon peeking through the clouds when I stepped outside earlier, but no stars were visible. The air is still cooler than last month, so winter is not far away!

I had a most enjoyable walk yesterday... chatted with Terry first, who was on his way to a meeting, and then enjoyed the coolness of the air on my face as I walked toward the first shelter. There were people there with cameras, so I knew a gator must be hanging out there, and it was. I walked on toward the tower and heard a catbird, but couldn't see where it was. The gallinule couple were not visible, but I watched the wind-whipped lake and then started back. Just as I rounded one of the turns, a catbird zoomed across in front of me, under the bottom rail of the boardwalk!

I stopped at the shelter again to see the gator, and much to my surprise, there were seven babies under a canopy of vines!! The rumor I mentioned a couple days ago was true! They are about nine inches long now, and seem to be thinner, but thriving. If they are the same ones that hatched out at the gator nest, they have traveled a very long way to get where they are now. They are much more visible now, because of lack of cover, and already people are throwing whatever they can find at them and Mama, Sigh.

But God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

How am I supposed to plan my life?

Proverbs 2:1-11 "My child, listen to me and treasure my instructions. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of justice and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will know how to find the right course of action every time. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise planning will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe."

A plan is only as good as the information upon which its based. Our human intellect is limited and inadequate. Apart from the Lord, our plans are liable to fail. The Lord promises wisdom to those who rely on his word and depend on his Spirit.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths."

As we seek God, He will guide us in making our plans.

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

Love and hugs,