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! Another warm, sunshiny day but maybe some rain soon, I hope. Yesterday I did not get out much, but tackled a project that has been neglected for too long. I cleaned out my t-shirt drawer and found shirts that had been in there since 1997..souvenirs from CHIC '97 and trips to Nantahala in NC, CO, and WA. I had a shirt from Sequim, WA, the irrigation festival. Their rainfall is so scarce they have a festival each year to celebrate irrigating! We had visited there when nephew, Russ, was Police Chief of the town. While there, we took a trip on the ferry to British Columbia, and enjoyed a day touring the city, and then going to Butchart Gardens! Unforgettable! It was a good time!
Souvenirs are nice, but I have my memories that don't take up so much space...just in my brain!
This morning when I looked out the window, I saw the ibis already working for their food in the yard. The mockingbirds have also been busy, singing very loudly most of the day. I watched a squirrel taking a drink from the bowl I keep on the porch wall, and since his head was stuck in so far, I knew the water was low, so later, after something else knocked it over, I filled it up again. Even the animals get thirsty these days!
I saw a great grey heron in the park almost disguised so he was very hard to see against the mud, and a anhinga drying out, and sitting very still. Some people were hanging over the bridge looking down, so there may have been a gator going underneath, or just resting. God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
How does humility help me confront sin and evil?
James 4:6-10 He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, "God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble." So humble yourselves before God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites. Let there be tears for the wrong things you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor.
Pride gives the devil a key to our lives. Humility changes the lock and gives God the key. Humility comes from a godly sorrow for sin. We openly admit that we need God and seek his forgiveness. No proud person can do this.
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves undeer the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you. Give all yur worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,