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! Cool mornings, drier than usual air, and sunshine. Who could ask for anything more? Actually, it is more spring like than anything else!
Yesterday, after stripping the bed and washing and drying sheets, I went over to Winn Dixie for a few things. I hardly ever shop there for some reason, but I was glad I did, because they have the brand of bacon that I like, and Publix has discontinued carrying it. And I got everything on my list for a change!
After I left the store I drove over to the Park and saw a very wet anhinga flattened out on the weir drying off. He was sleek, and the feathers were shining blue black in the bright sun. Further down in the canal a great white heron was splashing and looked quite excited about something, Maybe he found a fish! The azaleas are making a nice show there now, as are mine.
I am still seeing in my mind the crowd of Amish people on their bikes and trikes waiting at an intersection in Sarasota. Since that lifestyle is in my history, I am quite interested in them and their way of life...the women's home made dresses and the men with their style of dress..fascinating! They don't wear expensive clothes and care nothing about "keeping up with the Joneses". No electronic games for the kids, and no staring at the TV all day. We all could take a lesson from them. God is good!
From the Promise Bible NLT:
But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies.
Do good to those who hate you. Pray for the happiness
of those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek,
turn the other cheek. If someone demands your coat, offer your
shirt also. Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it,
and when things are taken away from you, don't try to get them
back. Do for others as you would like them to do for you.
Do you think you deserve credit merely for loving those who
love you? Even the sinners do that! And if you do good only
to those who do good to you, is that so wonderful? Even sinners
do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can
repay you, what good is that?Even sinners will lend to their own
kind for a full return.
Love your enemies! Do good to them! Lend to them! and don't
be concerned that they might not repay. Then your reward from
heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children
of the Most High, for he is kind to the unthankful and to those
who are wicked. You must be compassionate as your Father is compassionate.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,