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! I heard thunder close by last night, but while it rained enough to rain out the SPHS graduation, we did not get any around here. Although I did pray for rain, I did not tell God where to direct it. Guess I had better be more specific!
Dave, my yard man, was over yesterday morning, and got the rest of the podocarpus trimmed, so that's done for another year. Now, he will start on the fence which is falling down in a section in the back yard. There is always something to do around the house. I guess painting room by room is next!
After Dave left, I did some more cleaning out of my closet. Got half done, now on to the other end. I read that if you want something new, go shopping in your closet. This is true, as I find things I had not worn in years! So the old becomes new. But I still have not found my Deal's Gap shirt that I bought last Oct. when I was in TN. It has to be someplace!
When I tired of cleaning out, I took a drive to the park, and was surprised to see so many patrons visiting, even though it was hot. The usual anhingas were drying out and a great white egret was fishing intently, but otherwise, all was quiet and peaceful. God is good!
From the little devotional book, Knowing God
Do not be afraid or discouraged.
For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NLT
Even the most devout Christians can become discouraged, and you are no exception. After all, you live in a world where expectations can be high and demands can be even higher.
If you find yourself enduring difficult circumstances, don't lose hope. If you face uncertainties about the future, don't become anxious. And if you become discouraged with the direction of your day or your life, don't despair. Instead, lift your thoughts and prayers to your Heavenly Father. He is a God of possiblility, not negativity. You can be sure that He will guide you through your difficulties and beyond them...far beyond.
So here's the moral to the story: God is always with you. He's going to protect you, and because He is always faithful, you can live courageously today and every day of your life.
The most profane word we use is "hopeless". When you say a situation or person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.
It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his helper is omnipotent.
Dear Lord, when I am discouraged, give me perspective and faith. When I am weak, give me strength. When I am fearful, give me courage for the day ahead. I will trust in Your promises, Father, and I will live with the assurance that You are with me not only for this day, but also throughoiut all eternity. Amen
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs, Amaryllis