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! We certainly had some good soaking rain yesterday and Saturday! Just what we needed! God always supplies our needs in His time. I was escorted to my van after church by Andrew Logue, covering me with a large umbrella, since I left mine in the car , hoping that it would not rain before I came out. A much appreciated kindness!
I drove through the park in the rain, not expecting to see anyone there, but to my surprise, about five cars were parked and empty, so I assumed some people were walking and enjoying the rain. Unfortunately, lots more trash has washed down from the canal in back of the houses, and is piled up against the weir. The water was almost running over the weir when I was there. One lone anhinga was huddled on a board sticking up from the water.
Friday, when I was coming home from shopping, I saw that the workers on the school had quit on account of the rain, so I circled around because the gates were open and looked at all the work they have done. Much has been done and the buildings are up and roofed, but so much more needs doing, that I doubt it will be finished by fall. It will be huge when done. When we first moved into this area, the school was just finished and there were no paved roads leading up to it..just shell. But that was about 50 years ago! Wow! What a lot of changes!
I also saw my favorite, the roseate spoonbill pecking along in the lake, ignoring the rain. How beautiful! God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
Psalm 121: 2-8 My help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth! He will not let you stumble and fall; the one who watches over you will not sleep. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never tires and never sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not hurt you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all evil and preserves your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.Our protection is directly related to the character, competence, and capability of our protector. The Lord is unsurpassed in all areas. The Maker of heaven and earth is our personal protector. He never sleeps and never turns his attention from us. We walk securely because he guards our every step.
How does the Lord protect me?
Exodus 14: 13-14 Moses told the people, "Don't be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch the Lord rescue you. The Egyptians that you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. You won't have to lift a finger in your defense!"
2 Chronicles 20:12,15,17,20 "O our God, won't you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help"...He said, "Listen, King Jehoshaphat! Listen all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says; do not be afraid! Don't be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God's...You will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord's victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. God out there tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!"...Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said,
"Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed."
When enemies come against us, they really come against the Lord. We are continually reminded that victory is assured when we let the Lord fight our battles. He can turn our enemies against each other so that they destroy themselves while we walk away unscathed.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs, Amaryllis