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, the last quarter of the moon was shining clearly and the stars were visible still. No sign of the clouds that brought a short thunderstorm last night. It rained for about five minutes after dark. But we welcome the rain no matter how short!
We drove to beautiful downtown St. Petersburg the other day and admired the expensive yachts moored at the Vinoy basin and then cruised by the Kopsick garden and further on saw a wedding party at the water's edge. The minister was just crossing the street with robe flying and the male attendants were impressive in dress whites. It was a lovely warm day for a wedding.
I also was delighted to see a roseate spoonbill take off right beside me as I was traveling along a busy street. It soared around in front of the van and zoomed off toward the north! What a beautiful pink! God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
Where does joy come from?
Nehemiah 8:10 Nehemiah continued, "Go and celebrate with a feast of choice foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don't be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!"
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song.
Our joy springs from God's love, which is not dependent on circumstances nor on our performance. When we trust in his love for us, we are far less vulnerable to the depression and despair that could come from our problems and disappointments.
Revelation 21:4 He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever.
Our joy is rooted in the certainty of heaven, where we will be fully and finally liberated from the trials and troubles of this life.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,