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! When I stepped outside this morning, a little later than usual, I was immediately enveloped in a warm, moist , cushion of air. It is already 80 and will probably get even warmer when the sun breaks through the clouds. A lone heron was standing in the front yard, looking at me, but I carefully walked past him as he turned his body to keep watch, then, deciding I meant no harm, went on pecking at the ground. God is Awesome!
I went to the Park yesterday to deliver some cake, and found Francia busy cleaning out her classroom. She is all finished with classes and will be retired as soon as school is over. She is taking everything home, and what a collection she has! Dried gator heads, gator teeth, tarantulas, (already home) snakes, various spiders, turtles, and all kinds of animal artifacts. The stuffed birds have already been given away, but the little screech owls are hers and they are at her house. She was told that another teacher will be there in the fall, but I was told that the classroom will be closed. Interesting to find out just what will happen. She has devoted her teaching career to the environment and has never taught in a regular classroom. She will be missed.
From the Promise Bible NLT:
What do I do when I feel overwhelmed?
Joshua 23:10 Each one of you will put to flight a thousand of the enemy, for the Lord your God fights for you, just as he has promised.
Be encouraged that the power of God is for us, regardless of the number of enemies against us. God used David to overcome Goliath, Gideon's three hundred soldiers to defeat the armies of Midian, and one hundred and twenty disciples to establish the church in Acts. He joys when working through our weaknesses and limitations.
Colossians 1:11-14 We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enables you to share the inheritance that belongs to God's holy people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the one who rules in the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son. God has purchased our freedom with his blood and has forgiven all our sins.
Our encouragement comes from what God has done for us. He has given us the power to be patient and persistent and to keep our minds set on the great hope that awaits us. When we remember that we are already free, the problems of this world lose much of their power over us.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,