Friday, April 25, 2008


Good Morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the beautiful day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!

When I stepped outside this morning, the waning three quarter moon was brilliantly shining through some clouds and then they were gone, so Venus and Mr. Moon had the sky to themselves, ( along with billions of other stars.)

Yesterday I had a surprise when I walked to the first covered shelter... five baby gators were swimming around just below the platform, and a very large gator was sunning on the bank across the canal. The reason for the surprise is that this is totally not the season for babies. Maybe due to the warm winter the gators felt romantic and rushed the season. Usually June is egg-laying time. Francia said she heard that baby gators have hatched out at Boyd Hill Nature Park, as well.

When I walked on to the tower, the ospreys were circling again, but I didn't see them hover. Then, another surprise! As I looked down at the old gator nest, a catbird flashed by, almost hidden by the heavy shrubbery. God is Awesome!

From the Promise Bible, NLT:

How can I experience God's Guidance?

Proverbs 3:5-6 "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."

The first step in guidance is knowing where to put your trust. Travelers rely on maps when visiting new places. In the same way, we must trust God to lead us and realize our own limitations. We do not understand all the complexities of life, but the Lord does.

Matthew 7:7-11 "Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. You Parents-if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?"

God invites us to pray so that we will know him more fully as our loving Father and understand ourselves more clearly as well. Even as a parent gives more and more responsibility to a child as he or she grows, so the Lord expects us to take responsibility for seeding and following his direction.

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

Love and hugs,