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!
While I was setting out the sprinklers this morning, I heard a beautiful song and looked up to see a brilliant, scarlet cardinal greeting the day with a joyous song! What a day brightener!
Matthew and I took a walk in the Park yesterday, (the first long walk since my bout with bronchitis,) and found crowds of people, coming toward us. From the ages, it looked like day care children and chaperones. We walked on out to the tower and were blessed to see two ospreys circling and gliding. I told Matthew we might see them hover, and, sure enough, he saw the first one and then the other hovered!
We were excited to see that!
On our way back, we stopped at the shelter to look at the baby gators, and no one was there, so we took our time looking and could only see two, which are getting much bigger. Mama gator was under the shelter, keeping watch. It was a good walk! God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
Psalm 145:5-10 Happy are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. He is the one who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He is the one who keeps every promise forever, who gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts the burdens of those bent beneath their loads. The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but he frustrates the plans of the wicked. The Lord will reign forever, O Jerusalem.,your God is King in every generation! Praise the Lord!
Our hope is rooted in the wonderful acts of God in creation and history. The Bible gives full testimony to the fact that God is able to deliver us from any and every circumstance. He will either get us out of it or bring us through it--for his glory and our joy.
Romans 15:13 I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 94:19 When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.
Romans 5:1-5 Since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us--they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Expectation builds endurance. We can get through a great deal when we realize the wonderful gifts God has for us in this life and in the life to come.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,