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! Puffy clouds are building up and the breeze is blowing, although it is very warm already and will probably climb up to 90 again. But this is summer , almost, "and the livin' is easy. Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high". From Porgy and Bess.
I had a nice, lazy afternoon after church yesterday. Finished up a novel I was reading, which took place in Chimney Rock, NC and Lake Lure area. It brought back fond memories, because we went there as a family for several years in a row. Beautiful country as we climbed up to the Great Smokies.
But back to the present, I saw a lovely roseate spoonbill as I drove by the lake near here, and when I went to the park, I saw a woodstork take off and fly. I have seldom seen a woodstork there and I believe that is the first time I have seen one fly. It was very hot, so there weren't many people out.I can't take the heat any more, so I am careful not to walk in it. But God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
When I am confused, where do I turn for clarity, wisdom, understanding and direction?
James 1:5-8 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. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can't make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.
Psalm 119:125 Give discernment to me, your servant; then I will understand your decrees.
Discernment is the ability to interpret events and to understand the true nature of people and situations. Discernment is an aspect of wisdom. It enables us to see behind the facades that mask the truth. Discernment shows us the way through the maze of options that face us. Like the sun that burns away the fog, discernment cuts through confusion and distractions. Whereas the devil is the "father of lies," God is the father of the truth, and he gives discernment to those who seek it.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,