Friday, November 9, 2007

Flower Power

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is another chilly day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! When I stepped outside in the pre-dawn hours, Venus was brilliant in the eastern sky and the clear sky showed off the beauty of the other stars! God is Awesome!

I enjoyed my walk yesterday with a heavier jacket on, which I soon took off on the way back. It doesn't take long to warm up. I stopped at the first shelter to check on the babies, but couldn't see any, so went on my way, heard a hawk, but didn't see it. I could hear the little gallinule couple, but they must have been under the tower.

On my way back the Mama gator was visible just under the shelter, and five babies were very actively swimming about just at the edge of the shelter.

Sometimes the boardwalk can be a holy place. I overheard a man praying for two women who seemed to have problems with evil, and, of course, that is the place where our grandson asked Jesus into his heart. God is very present wherever we are.

From Quiet Moments with God:

Butchart Gardens is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Victoria, British Columbia. Since 1904, when Jenny Butchart decided to transform her husband's limestone quarry into a sunken garden. It is open all year and includes a botanical display of breathtaking beauty. (We had the pleasure of visiting it some years ago.)

Walking through the delightful grounds, it is impossible to choose the most outstanding exhibition. The plants are obviously healthy and well attended. Each provides colorful blossoms that are distinct, yet make a significant contribution in the overall scheme and design.

Likewise, part of our spiritual growth is to realize our importance in god's garden, especially when we exercise the talents and abilities He has given. Many feel inferior about their own gifts and they compare themselves unfavorably with others. And yet God designs different people just as He created various kinds of flowers. The lily and the rose each have their own features. In fact, every blossom has its own unique characteristics. Tulips, lilacs, and hyacinths are not alike yet each kind of flower adds a particular fragrance and beauty to any arrangement.

The same is true in life. Take a few moments to make an inventory of your gifts. Then ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Through His power, you can make a difference in the lives of others as will as your own.

"We dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, among themselves, are not wise. "
2 Corinthians 10:12 KJV

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

Love and hugs,