Amazingly we still have a stream running through our property – all that rain we got was both wonderful and terrible (depending on whether your house was in a floodplain or not). My brother works with a disaster relief organization and has been working tirelessly to help flood victims. It’s sad that there are often organizations that come in promising assistance but leave as soon as the camera crews are gone. But at least a faithful few are still there.
Although our garden appreciated the rain, our fences did not, and our dogs have taken the opportunity to escape through several newly created holes. Our male dog, Jake, is an incredible escape artist. After we put the dogs in a smaller kennel to ensure they wouldn’t get out of the yard again, I watched in awe as he painstakingly checked each part of the fence for weaknesses, until he had located just the right spot that had a little give. We ended up getting both the dogs fixed, in hopes that they will choose to stay on our property willingly, otherwise it’s “hit the road Jack!” – farm dogs don’t do much good if they won’t stay on the farm.
Doing lots of praying lately, and worrying, there are so many people/situations that are in need of prayer right now, from flooding to heart surgeries to our government! I was reminded the other day that we need to steer our thoughts away from those constant worries though, because by getting stuck there we make ourselves a great target for the enemy, and give away our joy. The following verse is one you’ll probably know, but the version gives it a little extra punch I think… Phil. 4:6-8 (Amplified Version) “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].“