Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the cool day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! All early risers who looked at the sky this morning, would have seen Venus brilliant in the eastern sky and the equally brilliant crescent moon hanging low in the eastern sky. Myriads of stars all trying to outdo each other! God is Awesome!
A fat, black, sleek looking gator was sunning himself on the bank of the canal yesterday at the Park and anhingas, as usual, were spreading out their wings and drying them. Great white herons and tri-colored herons were also busy hunting for fish and whatever else they could find. I haven't seen my catbirds for a couple weeks and am looking forward to seeing them again.
But there is so much of God's Creation to see and hear, if we only take time. I am thankful that the Park is just one mile from my home. It is easy to get to and a place of peace.
From the book Quiet Moments with God:
Fulfillment is something for which every person seems to long. In its simplest meaning, fulfillment refers to being "fully filled"--having a complete sense of accomplishment.
If you lack a sense of fulfillment at day's end, ask yourself, "what did I not do that I felt I should have done?" You'll be calling into question your values, priorities, and goals. As you see areas in which you have fallen short, ask the Lord to help you discipline yourself to achieve what you know is good, adjust your priorities and goals, and refine your values.
A lack of fulfillment isn't the fault of circumstances or another person's behavior. To experience fulfillment, your outer life must be in harmony with your inner life; you must live outwardly what you profess with your mouth and believe in your heart.
Robert Louis Stevenson said this was the definition of a successful life:
"That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it, who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had."
There's time to make today fulfilling. Take a moment to reflect upon your goals, priorities, and values. Ask the Lord to show you where they may need some adjusting. As you rethink these important issues, you will be filled with the knowledge that true fulfillment comes in simply knowing and obeying Him.
"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly,"
John 10:10 NKJ
You have made us for yourself and our heart's are restless until they rest in you.
Saint Augustine of Hippo
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love.
Love and hugs,