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 heard rain all night and saw flashes of light through my closed eyelids, and while everything is dripping this morning, still the sun has been shining and nice breeze blowing. But more rain is predicted, so, sure enough, we are in the throes of the rainy season!
Well, I guess I watched the Tour de France a little too long this morning, so I'm late doing everything! I am fascinated with the scenery and the endurance of the bikers. Some evil person or persons spread tacks on a portion of the road the other day, and 48 bikes were affected to the tune of $10,000! So unnecessary! I took a tour of the park yesterday to check on the water, and it is really high and flowing well. Almost all of the lilies and other growth which was choking up the water are gone, washed away by the current. I watched a great blue heron fishing, avoided a few squirrels and saw flocks of ibis busily pecking for grubs, etc, with heads down. The other day I saw a twin pair perched precariously on a telephone wire, looking pretty silly, swaying to keep their balance, but God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
Dear Brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.
If you need wisdom--if you want to know what God wants you to do--ask him and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can't make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.
Christians who are poor should be glad, for God has honored them. And those who are rich should be glad, for God has humbled them. They will fade away like a flower in the field. The hot sun rises and dries up the grass, the flower withers, and its beauty fades away. So also, wealthy people will fade away with all of their achievements.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,
(some of these scriptures may be recent repeats, because I don't keep track of when they are used.)