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 walked into church just about five minutes before a very dark cloud dumped a lot of rain on people trying to leave and others trying to get in, so God was good to me. Fortunately, there are always umbrellas around, so I don't think anyone got really soaked, I think we will probably see a few more of those strange thunderstorms again today, Strange, because they are unexpected and do not last long.
I had an unexpected encounter with a bird yesterday. We have reflective tint on the windows, and I was startled by what looked like a woodpecker sitting on the window sill of the bedroom, but as I looked more closely, I saw black stripes on the underside, and a dusting of rust colored red on the back. No red on the head. I got out my trusty Peterson's guide and looked it up and it was either a yellow bellied sapsucker, or an immature red headed woodpecker. I will probably never be that close to one again! After it finished peering at itself awhile, and pecking a few bugs off the sill, it finally flew away. I have seen woodpeckers on the oaks lately, so that was probably what it was. I wish I knew how to get in touch with Mike McGoff, the naturalist who retired from Sawgrass. He taught me a lot about birds and he would definitely know what the bird was. But, it was one of God's Creations, and God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
When the ground soaks up the rain that falls on it and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has the blessing of God. But if a field bears thistles and thorns, it is useless. The farmer will condemn that field and burn it.
Dear friends, even though we are talking like this, we really don't believe that it applies to you. We are confident that you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation For God is not unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Christians, as you still do. Our great desire is that you will keep right on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God's promises because of their faith and patience.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,