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!
I overslept this morning, so when I stepped outside, it was already daylight and cloudy, so no moon or stars. Now the sky has cleared, so I guess no rain. Sigh. All in God's time.
I watched birds gathering over a small bowl of water I keep on the low wall on our front porch. They seemed to be taking turns, so I refilled it. They like to take baths in it, and it is really too small for that, but there is much splashing, so I guess, to them it is very refreshing.God is good!
I am having to use city water to do a little watering, since our pump needs priming. If I don't use it much, it loses its prime.
I notice they are having trouble with the irrigation at the Park, also, since a few months ago. Terry had said there was an electrical problem, and no one has fixed it yet. They have several wells at the Park to take care of all the sprinklers.
All of the birds and animals have to drink from the canal, now. I saw a gopher tortoise yesterday and a large snapping turtle sunning. It was peaceful in God's Kingdom.
From the Promise Bible NLT:
What is my Hope?
1 Peter 1:21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory, your faith and hope can be placed confidently in God.
The resurrection, the greatest event in history, is the foundation of our hope.
1 Peter 1:3-6 All honor to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for it is by his boundless mercy that God has given us the privilege of being born again. Now we live with a wonderful expectation because Jesus Christ rose again from the dead. For God has reserved a priceless inheritance for his children. It is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And God, in his mighty power, will protect you until you receive this salvation, because you are trusting him. It will be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while.
When people get motion sickness, they need to fix their eyes on the horizon in order to regain composure. Remaining fixed on a point in the distance helps us travel. Jesus' followers fix their eyes on an eternal horizon. This gives us hope in all the discomforts of daily life.
How can I have hope when times are tough?
Hebrews 10: 23 Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
Our hope is rooted in God's integrity and faithfulness. When everything else falls apart we can cling to the fact that God keeps his word.
John 16:33 Don't be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me. I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
Our troubles do not surprise the Lord and should not surprise us. Trouble is rampant in this fallen world. Our focus should be on Jesus who has overcome this world and all its troubles.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,