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! The sun is shining and the cool breezes blowing, but it is about twenty degrees warmer than yesterday at this time. So the cold spell was short lived, just as the weather guys said it would be.
I looked up in the sky yesterday and saw a beautiful pattern of dozens of contrails criss-crossing the blue, blue sky. Just took my breath away! It was a gorgeous day!
After doing some shopping, I went to the park and got out to walk on the bridge. I had seen a very wet anhinga just emerging from the water to climb up on the weir with a fish to eat, so drove on down to look at the gopher tortoise. When I got on the bridge, I looked for the gators that usually hang out there in the water, and sure enough, the young one was at the far end and started moving as I watched him. He went a little ways, then turned his head and scratched with his hind leg. I had never seen one do that before! I didn't know they itched. I had almost given up looking for the little one, but all at once I spotted him flat out on a branch sticking out of the water...eyes closed, totally relaxed with legs hanging down. So funny! God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT! (and my paraphrase)
Thank you, Lord, for being my shepherd;
Thank you for giving me everything I need.
Thank you for letting me rest in green meadows;
and for leading me beside peaceful streams.
Thank you that you renew my strength.
Thank you for guiding me along right paths,
so I can bring honor to your name.
Even when I walk through the dark valley of death,
I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
Thank you for preparing a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You welcome me as a guest anointing my head with oil.
You make my cup overflow with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love
will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live in your house forever.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,