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 saw the gorgeous sunrise this morning and now the sun is shining and a few clouds are drifting across the sky. It is a beautiful morning with a cool breeze!
I watched a very large blackbird taking a drink out of the bowl on the front porch wall yesterday. It seems to serve squirrels, a lot of bluejays and mockers. The creatures need water, also. When I was at the shopping center Saturday, I saw two ospreys sitting on the wire stretched across Turner's Creek. I know there are babies in the nest atop the light pole in the parking lot, and also, babies at Sawgrass Elem. School, so the pair could have come from either nest. looking for food for the family. I went to the park yesterday, and absorbed the quiet, noticing the long shadows and patches of sunlight streaming through the trees. The grass had been freshly mowed (I had seen the crew coming in Friday), so it looked fairly neat. A man on a motorized wheel chair was riding on the wrong side of the road, but he made it to the parking area and hopefully, he pulled over onto the sidewalk.
We heard an interesting sermon yesterday from Pastor Jim, about his early days at camp and how the possibility of hell was brought home to him, resulting in him deciding that he did not want to go there! It was an amusing story and told well. God is good!
From the devotional book Quiet Moments with God:
This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24 NKJV
Judy could take the freeway to work each morning and arrive instantly, nerves revved, almost before she is awake. But freeways are ugly. Instead she takes the scenic route around several local lakes and starts her day with mental pictures of sunrises, flowers, and people in various states of running and walking.
Affluence and architecture notwithstanding, she feels that nature is the attraction--a chance for a city slicker to enjoy a little tranquillity. The slower pace gives her the occasion to see a small troop of deer or watch the ducks and geese depart for the winter and return for their spring nesting activities. She recognizes and studies the walkers and joggers who are out regularly at the crack of dawn.
"I don't know if I have a better workday because I sneak up on the job rather than race to it," she muses. "On some mornings I don't see one thing that nature has to offer because the day ahead refuses to wait for me to get there, and I spend the entire ride making lists of things to do in my head. But I do know that when I take the time to glance at the roses along the way, I feel more fortified, just like our mothers wanted us to be with a hearty breakfast. mittens, and hats."
Taking a few moments to thank God for the glories of creation will make any day start on a better note!
Nature is the art of God eternal.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,