Friday, July 31, 2015

Letting Go

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! Rain, rain, and more rain!  I did not sleep well last night and was up at 3:30 because I heard rain, and it has been raining off and on since then. My handy man was scheduled to come for outdoor work, but I cancelled last night and that was a smart move.

I wish the sky would be clear tonight, though, because this will be the "blue moon" which only happens when there are two full moons in the same month. This is why we have the saying "once in a blue moon." It won't happen again until 2018. Doesn't look too promising. though.

The code inspector came next door yesterday, just as I was getting ready to leave for the library, so I circled around and came back to talk to him. He is not allowed to go into back yards, so I told him he could go in mine and assess the problem. He said my name would have to go on the complaint, and that is okay with me. I tried to call Jeremy, my neighbor, but don't know if the phone is a working one or not. He and his girlfriend may be on vacation.

As I came around Lynch Lake, a large flock of ibis took off right in front of the car, and landed gracefully on the other side of the street. Then I went on to the Park and saw a black, shiny wet turtle at the weir, and a very dry, brown tortoise. further along. God is good!

From the Devotional book Quiet Moments with God:

"Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those
things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus.'

Philippians 3:13-14 KJV

The spider monkey is a tiny animal native to South and Central
America. Quick as lightning, it is a very difficult animal to capture
in the wild. For years, people attempted to shoot spider monkeys
with tranquilizer guns or capture them with nets, but they discovered
the monkeys were nearly always faster than their fastest draw or
quickest trap.

Then somebody discovered the best method for capturing this elusive
creature. They found that if you take a clear narrow-mouth glass bottle,
put one peanut inside it, and wait, you can catch a spider monkey.

What happens? the spider monkey reaches into the bottle to get the peanut,
 and it can't get its hand out of the bottle as long as it is clenching the
peanut. The bottle is so heavy in proposition to its size, it can't drag it along--and the spider is too persistent to let go of a peanut once it has grasped it. In
fact , you can dump a wheelbarrow full of peanuts or bananas right next to it, and it still won't let go of that one peanut.

How many of us are like that--unwilling to change a habit, be a little flexible,
try a new method, or give up something we know is bringing destruction
to our lives?
We stubbornly cling to our way, even if it brings pain and suffering.

Today, don't cling to a negative situation that may be draining you of your
full vitality, energy, creativity, and enthusiasm for living, as the well-known
phrase advises, "Let go, and let God!"

Trust the Lord to lead you to the wise counsel and new opportunities He has
for you. Have faith in Him to provide what you truly need to live a peaceful,
balanced, and fulfilling life. You may never lose your taste for peanuts, but
with the Lord's help, you can discern when they are trapped in a glass bottle!

I asked God for all things so I
could enjoy life. He gave me life
so I could enjoy all things.

I give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love,

Love and hugs,