Thursday, March 19, 2009

Neighbors and discernment

Good Morning, Dear friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Well, we now have several big bags of leaves waiting to be disposed of. After much sneezing and blowing, the student and his Mom got a bunch of the leaves and "feathers" raked up, and after I decided that they were not going to be able to get them all, I pitched in and raked enough to get a blister on the lower part of my thumb. Now, the yard just needs mowing.

While I was out, many of the neighbors were walking dogs, or just getting exercise. Mr. Soon , (from Cambodia, I think)Was out walking with his daughter. He used to bring me flowers on Friday nights, but had to retire from his job due to his health...the neighbors across the street and others shouted out encouragement and greetings! It was a good evening!

I walked to the tower yesterday, after I gave Mike some shamrock cookies. He was fishing for the aquarium fish and turtles, and he showed me his catch of the day. Then I started my walk and discovered a new gator nest, and also saw Mama gator in her usual spot by the shelter. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NT:

When I am confused, where do I turn for clarity, wisdom, understanding, and direction?

James 1:5-8 If you need wisdom--if you want to know what God wants you to do--ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. they can't make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.

Psalm 119:125 Give discernment to me, your servant; then I will understand your decrees.

Discernment is the ability to interpret events and to understand the true nature of people and situations. Discernment is an aspect of wisdom. It enables us to see behind the facades that mask the truth. Discernment shows us the way through the maze of options that face us. Like the sun that burns away the fog, discernment cuts through confusion and distractions. Whereas the devil is the "father of lies," God is the father of the truth, and he gives discernment to those who seek it.

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

Love and hugs,