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! The wind is blowing and it promises to be hot again today, but summer will soon be here and then we will be wishing for cooler weather! :o)
I had an active weekend with going to a concert Friday night at Brian's church with a three hundred voice choir, a birthday party on Saturday evening, and church Sunday morning and a program with Curt Cloninger Sunday night! Sunday afternoon a nap and relaxation! I also drove out to the cemetery to see how the grass restoration was coming. The permanent marker is now in place, but all is muddy with a peculiar gridwork across all the graves. I guess this must be to hold the sod in place when it gets planted. They are also putting in palm trees between each section. Always improving,, which is good. It was very hot, so I didn't stay long, but a good wind was blowing, which made it bearable.
Almost forgot! I also got to sit on a Gold Wing motorcycle which I hope to get a ride on soon. It was difficult for me to get on, but with David's help and instructions, I made it! Awesome! I am looking forward to the ride, even if I will have "helmet hair'. :o)
I did go to the park each day, and saw Mr. Peacock strutting around with this tail feathers fully expanded. Yes, he knew he looked spectacular! He really is beautiful, so since God made him that way, he might as well flaunt it! I saw the turtles sunning on the bank, and saw two woodstorks on my way to church yesterday!
The jacarandas are now looking beautiful. I passed one that had branches hanging over the street, and the street was covered with a lovely blanket of lavendar petals! Some of the trees were frost bitten, but most are still beautiful. God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT
Under what circumstances does God promise abundance to us?
Malachi 3:10,11 "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do," says the Lord almighty, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not shrivel before they are ripe," says the Lord Almight.
Philippians 4:19 "This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
God's abundant provision is a gracious gift. When we give what God requires we receive more than we could ever desire.
Deuteronomy 30:9 The Lord your God will make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and your fields will produce abundant harvests for the Lord will delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors.
God is not stingy and resentful in supplying our needs. He loves to lavish his abundance on those with grateful hearts.
Why does God give us abundant gifts?
2 Corinthians 9:8 God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
God wants us to have everything we need. But we don't get to keep what we receive, we get to give it away. God is looking for us to share his abundance with others.