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! When I stepped outside this morning, even though the thermometer read 78, the breeze was cool on my face and the sun was coming up, so it was really nice.
Yesterday, I decided to sweep off the porch, even though the acorns are falling daily, and as I swept, I got pelted with the falling acorns. In fact, I came in the house with one in my hair! If the squirrels are storing up for the winter, they don't have to work very hard, because hundreds are on the ground.
It has been so dry, I watered the staghorn fern again, because it was looking very droopy. It is a huge plant, so when it droops, it looks very sad and neglected. I also watered the plumbago, which still has a few blooms on it. They are such a pretty flower, but it is sort of hidden, so no one can see it very well.
I went over to the park, and acorns have carpeted everything there, also. But the squirrels keep coming around if you park in the circle, because people keep feeding them as picnickers toss out food. My friend, Dave, who is a park ranger, is now patrolling at Sawgrass and he is trying to restore some of the rules posted, since they have been pretty much ignored since full-time staff is no more.He is even walking the boardwalk, trying to eliminate the dog walkers who ignore the signs saying no dogs. He says "there's a new sheriff in town." Ha, But, I say, good for him! I am having a picnic lunch with him at the park today. God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
How has God promised to bless his people?
Numbers 6:24-26 May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.
God's blessing encompasses all of life. We live in his protection, his presence, and his peace. Nothing this world offers can compare in scope or duration with the blessings of God.
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.
We are tempted to base our hope and confidence on worldly circumstances such as a good job or financial security. But these cannot compare to the promises that we have in God, the Creator of heaven and earth. Put your hope where it cannot and will not be shaken.
2 Corinthians 12:13 The only thing I didn't do, which I do in other churches was to become a burden to you. Please forgive me for this wrong!
Jesus Christ blesses us with forgiveness and redemption. God the Father blesses us with the assurance that we are loved and of infinite worth. The Holy Spirit blesses us with fellowship and the continual presence of God.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,