Friday, August 20, 2010


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 beautiful, sunshiny, windless day so far, but the wind usually picks up in the afternoon. We have had no rain for a couple days so the gutter is slowly drying out front

The yard was mowed yesterday, and already the squirrels have made a mess of twigs right in the middle of the front yard. If they are building a nest, it must be a condo, because they have been making the same mess of twigs for over three weeks. Sometimes they can be pests!

I noticed that another maple tree or at least a large part of it, had fallen onto the log, where sometimes the gators and anhingas like to hang out in the canal at the park. The maples can't take too much water and this one was right by the canal, so all that ground is very wet there. I hope that as it decays, the animals will come back to the log. The turtles like to catch some sun there, too.

There seems to be an abundance of butterflies this year. There are always a lot of them at the park flitting around the butterfly gardens. And on my way home, as I pulled into the driveway., a large black one was fluttering in front of the car, so I stopped and watched as it made its erratic flight on around the corner and off to a bush. God made all forms of beauty when He created the earth and all that lives. 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 an 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 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,