Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The end of Patience

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, I felt the cool wind blowing and I would have had to get a sweater if I had stayed out longer! Fall is here for a little while! God is good!

The moon was a thin crescent and Venus was shining more brightly, since there was no competition from the moon. It promises to be a gorgeous day!

I had a great walk yesterday, but didn't see any baby gators anywhere, so either they have gone from their nests or something took them. On my way back I watched a big bull gator, just beyond the first shelter, and he let out a roar that was really loud! He did it several times and switched positions in the water...sounded like he really had a bad case of indigestion! That was a real gator growl!

We went back to the park at noon, to take part in another retirement party and had BBQ under the big oak tree in back of the shop. It was sad in a way, because it was also a goodby to everyone who works there. They are all being reassigned to other parks and duties. Sigh. Nothing will be the same. After over twenty years of walking there, and getting acquainted with everyone, I feel like friends are leaving, which they are. But God is constant, and I am blessed!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

What happens when I am patient?

Isaiah 40:31 Those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Waiting reveals our need for God's strength and gives God the opportunity to exercise his might on our behalf. As an athlete regains strength from sleep and time away from the contest, so we find strength by curtailing our own efforts and trusting the Lord to work. He will bring what we need when we need it.

Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.

Delays and difficulties are not signs that God is ignoring us. We can have hope and confidence in the knowledge that he hears our prayers in those hard times.

Habakkuk 2:3 These things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.

Our patience gives God time to work out his plan. God may seem to delay, but he is never late. His promises will come to pass in his perfect time.

Lamentations 3:25 The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him.

Hebrews 10:36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so you will continue to do God's will. then you will receive all that he as promised.

Those who give up, lose out. They are not being punished for giving up, they simply are absent when God works.

1 Peter 2:19,20 God is pleased with you when, for the sake of your conscience, you patiently endure unfair treatment .

Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing right and are patient beneath the blows, God is patient with you.

When we refuse to take things into our own hands, God takes them into his. God brings justice and vindication to those who wait on him.

I allways give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love.

Love and hugs,