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 sun is shining and a few puffy clouds are moving slowly across the sky, because there isn't much breeze blowing here, and apparently not in the atmosphere, either. But, Yay! we did get a little rain yesterday and that was good because David C. had fertilized after he mowed. So, every little bit helps.
I learned from David C. that the green water at the park is caused by tiny plants that are rootless and almost like algae. He works from Boca Ciega Park and they have the same thing on a lake there. It apparently is harmless to the fish and other critters that live in the water, but it sure looks odd. I saw the usual ibis yesterday and since it had recently rained when I went to the park, lots of squirrels were out gathering wet acorns. Not many people were there because of threatening clouds, I guess.
Well, right on schedule, the poinciana trees are blooming. As soon as the jacarandas are past their prime. the blazing orange-scarlet blossoms on the poincianas start there glorious show! God is good!
Excerpts from James NLT:
Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.
If you need wisdom---if you want to know what God wants you to do--ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
If you are wise and understand God's ways, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth. And if you don't brag about the good you do, then you will be truly wise!...
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Have a wonderful weekend , remembering those who served and died for us and those who are serving our country now.
Love and hugs,