I went to the park yesterday for a brief time in between meetings...Mondays are always busy for me... and saw one brave turtle hanging on to the bank of the weir. I say "brave" because there is still a lot of trash all around there which was floated down from in back of the houses and no volunteers have picked it up yet. One of the workers was spraying on the other side, so maybe the huge clumps of hydrilla will be sprayed soon. They are really thick around the bridge. But there is still a lot of beauty there with the white egrets against the gray muddy banks and the great blue herons which are almost invisible against the mud.
BTW, have you noticed the beauty of the jacarandas lately? I thought maybe most were frozen by the low temps this past winter, but they are in full bloom all over and just lovely! God is good!
From the little devotional book Knowing God:
Those who worship false gods turn their backs on all God's mercies. But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.
Jonah 2:8-9 NLT
How much time do you spend getting to know God? A lot? A little? Almost none? The answer to this question will determine, to a surprising extent, the state of your spiritual health. And make no mistake; the more time and energy you invest with God, the better you'll come to know him.
Are you making time each day to praise God and to study His Word? If so, you know firsthand the blessings that He offers those who worship Him consistently and sincerely. But, if you have unintentionally allowed the hustle and bustle of your busy day to come between you and your Creator, then you must slow down, take a deep breath, and rearrange your priorities. Now.
You're busy with all the pressures of the world around you, but in that busyness you're missing the most important element of all-God's ongoing presence that is available to you.
Dear Lord, give me the wisdom to seek You, the patience to wait for You, the insight to hear You, and the courage to obey You, this day and forever. Amen.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,