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! It's a little cooler this morning, but according to the weatherman, this will be the last cold spell of the spring. We will see. But the sun is shining and it is a great day to be alive!
Yesterday, on my visit to the Park, a gator was lounging on the bank on the left side as I entered and he was accompanied by at least a dozen turtles of varying sizes. Seems that when a gator is not hungry, he doesn't care who or what he shares his space with. The canal was full and had overflowed over the weir, leaving lots of trash behind.
The very large, old maple that was beside the entrance bridge is now gone. The lower limb had been hanging very close to the water for months and finally must have toppled. The tree trimmers had already cut the trunk and the long branches were in the water. A boat has to be used to hook a line around the base and haul it over to the other bank to be cut up and taken away. I have watched the men do this to other trees that have fallen in the water. It is quite a job. It looked like the county was using prisoners to do the tree work for free, since I saw the truck and workers taking a break. The workers were wearing bright orange and white stripes along with their orange vests. The two guards,( supervisors), were at a picnic table keeping an eye on them. Hmmm. Interesting. But, at least the workers were out in the fresh air, doing some good. God is good!
From Moments with God (a devotional)
Mark 11:25 If you have anything against anyone, forgive him.
According to a popular children's song, tea is a "drink with jam and bread." But in a recently released study, nutritionists recommend you have and apple rather than jam and bread with your tea. The Dutch research group found that drinking tea and eating apples together reduces the risk of stroke.
The newly completed study showed health benefits resulted from long-term consumption of black tea--the type most Americans and Europeans drink. Drinking tea, plus eating other fruits and vegetables containing flavonoids, lowered the incidence of strokes. Flavonoids make blood cell platelets less likely to clot and act as antioxidants, which reduce damage to arteries.
Four-fifths of all strokes result from blood clots, which can lodge in arteries that have been narrowed by damaging oxidation. Flavonoids found in tea and fruit inhibit blood clots and minimize damage to arteries from oxidation, this allowing a healthy flow of blood and oxygen to the body.
Our spiritual and emotional well being also depend on good circulation: positive thoughts which keep our minds and hearts healthy. Any blockages that would prevent a life-affirming outlook need to be dislodged.
Experts tell us that unforgiveness is one of the biggest obstacles to mental and spiritual health. Author and professor Lewis Smedes outlines four steps to forgiveness:
1. Confront your anger; don't deny it.
2. Separate the wrongdoer from the wrong. Be angry at the deed, not the doer.
3. Let go of the past. Once you have forgiven, you can more easily forget.
4. Don't give up on forgiveness--keep working at it. The deeper the hurt, the longer it takes. But keep working at it. You will eventually realize a new attitude.
Smedes adds, "Forgiveness breaks pain's grip on our minds and opens the door to possibility...to heal the hurt and create a new beginning."
He that demands mercy, and
shows none, ruins the bridge
over which he himself is to pass.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,