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! Wow! What a wild weekend! Wind, rain and tornadoes ...not here but over the south. Thanks for prayers for Daryl and family in TN. There was lots of damage with trees down and roofs blown off, but his house was safe and so was he. God is good! My heart and prayers go out to those in other hard hit states who are now homeless, in some cases, and to those who lost family members.
Today it is quiet and chilly but sunshiny, after a very windy and blustery Sunday. In a little while I will go out and clean off the front porch which is covered with tree stuff. It is still damp from the rain, so it won't be hard to push it off. I watched a squirrel trying to get a drink out of the plastic bowl I keep on the wall for birds and squirrels, but it is probably full of leaves. They get their water wherever they can.
When I went to the park yesterday, I saw people gathered under the first shelter, because for the first time since most of the staff got laid off, the boardwalk was closed due to the high winds. That is very unusual! A large flock of ibis was pecking busily under the oaks. The high winds don't seem to bother them! There was no sign of the gophers or the turtles on the weir, and I was glad to be home after nearly getting blown away in the church parking lot! God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
Why is prayer important?
Matthew 7:7-11 Keep on asking and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. You parents--if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
There's more to prayer than just getting an answer. God also does a work of grace in our own hearts through the act of prayer. As we persist in asking, seeking, and knocking, we gain greater understanding of ourselves and of God.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,