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! No rain this morning, but yesterday afternoon, we had a hard shower for about half an hour. so I postponed my errand running until after the sun came back out. As I drove out of the neighborhood, I passed a house with a yard full of black ducks, and a large flock of ibis, all busily pecking around. Talk about contrasts! They were still there when I came back later!
I made a trip to the Family Christian Store and saw a large display of Christmas cards already. Seasons are getting close, because the first thing that caught my eye was a display of ceramic pumpkins . As soon as Sept. comes around, out come the Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving is stuffed in there somewhere, and it should be high on the importance list and then Christmas. It takes me a long time to list all the things I am thankful for, but I try in the morning during my prayers.
One of the things I am thankful for, is the Rays game last night. What a finish! I have really enjoyed this baseball season and while I know the chances are slim, I still hope they get into the playoffs!
I drove into the park on my way back from the Christian store and saw only four cars there. That was really strange. The water is still high and the great white heron was still busy fishing. Every thing is growing and green with all the rain, and there were even puddles on the road from the afternoon rain.
I was telling Daryl about the gecko that lives on my mailbox. When I put a letter out to be picked up, it moved off the lid, reluctantly, and down to the window sill, then curled around and just stared at me until I was finished. Unfortunately, he uses it as a bathroom and I am constantly cleaning it off! He is big and ugly, but one of God's critters. So God is good!
From the devotional book Quiet Moments with God:
I pray you, if I have found favor
in your sight, show me now your way.
Exodus 33:13 AMP
Knowing the will of God--both the big picture and the daily details--concerns every Christian. We all need to ask often, What is it God wants me to do? How is it he wants me to live?...
It is as we know we are doing God's will that we find true meaning in life and a deep sense of accomplishment and purpose. How can we know we are doing God's will? One of the simplest approaches is this:
1. Commit yourself to the Lord each day, and periodically throughout the day, by simply saying,"Lord, I put my life in Your hands,Do with me what you will."
2. Trust the Lord to send you the work and the relationships you need for his purpose in your life to be accomplished.
As Roberta Hromas, a noted Bible teacher, once said: "Simply answer your door, answer your phone, and answer your mail. the Lord will put in your path the opportunities that He desires for you to pursue.
God's will is not a mystery you try desperately to unlock. He does not desire His will to be a secret because the Bible is filled with scriptures about knowing His will. The key is to seek His will, to listen to the Holy Spirit, and to read and study His word. Then you can know what He has planned for you!
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,