Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Praying for Patience

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

Yesterday Louis had an early appointment with the audiologist to check the hearing aids, so I did not have time to send the morning email. This has been a good month with no doctor appointments, which means we are pretty healthy physically! Yay!

I had the occasion to have a phone conversation with one of the retired Sawgrass employees and he really vented about the condition of the Park, since everyone left. He was working on the irrigation before he had to retire, and it has never been fixed, so nothing has been watered in months. No one blows the leaves off any more, either and so the roadway is covered.

I know it is declining in appearance, but I still find peace there watching the wildlife, and walking on the boardwalk. Yesterday I watched an egret looking for a fish, and the ibis pecking and very busily looking at the ground. On the way in, Mr. Peacock was proudly displaying his tail feathers for a couple of peahens who were nearby. God is good!

From the little book God's Promises for Men (actually they are for everyone)

God listens to us when we pray for patience:

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
James 1:2-4

And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to each, patient.
2 Timothy 2:24

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Hebrews 12:1

For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me." For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus.
Romans 15:3-5

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

Love and hugs,

Happy Birthday, Gil!