Adios August! Crazy isn’t it! I for one am happy about it because that means we are just a wee bit closer to some relief from the Florida heat and humidity. About the only thing that can handle the heat in our garden is jalapenos. We’ve made some yummy sweet pepper relish. But come on autumn! I love you so.
We enjoy the grands ever chance we get. Brand new ones, fresh from God, who sleep and change every single day. Ones who love books and excavators, ones who carry on a conversation like they were 12 and wear green polka dot ties with the pajamas and give gentle cheek rubs to Bobby, the hamster, who is a girl. There’s tutus and sweet smiles, cuddles and walks along the river. Life is fresh and wonderful through the eyes of a child. I am so thankful that God, in his perfect design, made grandchildren a part of the family. I know you tire of me saying it, but they truly are my Sunshine. Nothing like it. Blurry photos don’t even bother me anymore.
God is continually growing us and teaching us His ways. The biggest lesson I am learning and trying to retain is that He is my Sustainer… spiritually, emotionally, and financially. We tend to think it is us. That if we work harder or try harder or pray more or even love more, we will control how life looks and feels. But it is He who lovingly guides us, protects us, and provides for us. Living in faith is not easy. But it’s beautiful. Mark’s Dad had given us Elizabeth Elliot’s book, Keep A Quiet Heart 10 years ago for Christmas and it must not have resonated with me at the time, but I recently pulled it off the shelf, looking for a new book to read during my morning quiet time and it has become a favorite, with lots of highlights and underlining. It will reside on the bookshelf, alongside of My Utmost For His Highest, Jesus Calling and Streams in the Desert. Here is something from it that I thought was so good…
“Learning to pray is learning to trust the wisdom, the power, and the love of our Heavenly Father, always so far beyond our dreams. He knows our need and knows ways to meet it that have never entered our heads. Things we feel sure we need for happiness may often lead to our ruin. Things we think will ruin us, if we believe what the Father tells us and surrender ourselves into His strong arms, bring us deliverance and joy.”
May you trust the Father and be amazed at how He loves you.