Hey friends, how are you today? It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood today.  The sun is out, the birds are chirping, the squirrels have more than enough to eat and our Lord sits on the throne.  It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood today; good and perfect are the gifts the Lord gives us to enjoy.  

In Tuesday’s post, I told you I love my own company. One of my favorite pastimes, although I haven’t done it very often this year, because of the heat, is walking. I love to take walks on our local nature trails, each is unique in its offerings.  On some trails, you can admire the various birds and listen to their cacophony of cries.  Perhaps in the noise, you may be able to differentiate and identity the sound of a specific bird, some I can tell immediately, most I have no idea.  On other trails, there are the trees; on these walks I prefer company.  Perhaps it’s because of these television programs that always seem to inspire ‘death in the woods’.  Yep, on these walks, company is very, very good.  But I do love those walks too.

Almost on every trail is a lake, so the sounds of running water is nearly, always present.  Did I ever tell you; I can’t swim? Yes… I know, I’m from the Caribbean, our island is completely surrounded by water and I can’t swim. there are people like me, than you would believe.  Truthfully, I’ve never really been inclined to learn either.  I have this theory, it has not been proven yet, but… I loosely hold the view that children and those who can swim are the ones who drown.  Here’s my reasoning:  children are too young to understand the power of fear and swimmers always hold their skill to a loftier level than they should, so they takes chances.  Now those of us who can’t swim, we stay in the shallows and we stay safe.  

Beauty is God’s gift to us.  But at times, the beautiful scenes of nature can be difficult to appreciate, especially when our world has been turned upside down.  This year has thrown quite a few curveballs already and we’re only in July.  But nothing in this world and more specifically,  nothing in our lives, whether directly or indirectly takes our God by surprise.  He is the Master Maestro, the Considerate Conductor, the Outstanding Orchestrator of our lives.  He gives us ‘good and perfect gifts’, including the ‘gifts’ of trials, as difficult as it may seem.  Our God does and our God allows… He orchestrates the happenings of our lives; the good, the bad and the ugly.   He does it all, even those times, when we insist of doing it our way, He allows it all and puts the consequences into place.  

Believing and trusting in the One we can’t see, is difficult, but we believe and trust in things we can’t see,  all the time.  We believe in the wind; we believe in gravity. Our greatest struggle is trusting in the goodness of God, but the truth is, He can’t do any less, because He IS good. In this, our God will have the victory, when we intentionally surrender our will to our Supreme Savior.  Today we remember the good, we remember our blessings, we shine a light on the beauty, we remain thankful because only through these actions, will we acknowledge the fact that God is always good, all the time.  

Be an encourager: remember the time… share something, the Lord has done for you.

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36 responses to “REMEMBER THE TIME…”

  1. Something the Lord has done for me: In my twenties I was told that my health problems meant that I would probably not live past 40… I was “fragile.” But I’m turning 47, I am healthy, I have a wonderful husband, a house full of kids, and a thriving ministry. I am so BLESSED!

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  2. Graceful reminder ma’am. We need to appreciate all God does for us. And share it too.
    Lovely sceneries. 😊
    And I don’t know how to swim but almost drowned. 🙂 Thanks to God for saving my baby niece and I some years ago. 🙌

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  3. Brenda,
    I used to live near a river, and never learned to swim! I was content to kick my feet up and down in the shallows and ride up and down on the big waves the towboats sent when they passed by.
    Thanks for the beautiful photos, and for the reminder to trust God always.

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  4. God is good all the time…All the time God is good. We use this phrase in our camp. The leaders will call out the first and the teens answer with the second. What good thing has God done for me? He has given me life and joy beyond anything I’ve asked for and the best is yet to come. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Enjoyed your photos of your nature walks, Brenda…what lovely trails to enjoy! Thanks for directing us to the beauty of God’s good Creation which is a comfort in these disconcerting times.

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  6. Some people can’t see blessings amd miracles even when they are right in front of them. I always feel a little sorry for those folks. I see so many miracles everyday. I loves the blessings I receive.

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  7. Ah, your nature photos are, as always, good for my soul! Thank you for sharing. Thank you for sharing God’s beauty in picture and word. Thank you for your encouragement, and for reminders to look for God because He will always be found.
    In my life currently, God is blessing me with new circumstances. A friend’s husband died. The friend is bi-polar and bereft; yet she retains her joy of the Lord. God is pulling me, through her many phone calls, to spend more time with her than I would have volunteered if left to myself. But God is expanding me, teaching me about selfless love and giving.

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