Thursday, June 5, 2014

Curious Cardinal



This little guy is new to the neighborhood. He is a deeper red when the sun isn't shining on him. I've been hoping we'd have cardinals again. I haven't seen one in several months. Thankful to God for sending him our way. There is no one like Him.

Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. (ESV)

7 comments:

gramma bonnie said...

Thank you for blessing me through your blog. You are a direct answer to prayer in my time of need. God bless you!

Joni said...

Isn't it wonderful how God answers our prayers and provides for our needs? The Lord bless you and help you during this time of need and all the days of your life. :)

gramma bonnie said...

Joni. Your words are such a comfort. While I see God at work in my life i battle the ebb and flow of anxiety. How have you dealt with this ?

gramma bonnie said...

God is using you mightily in my life. Thank you.

Joni said...

I lean heavily on God. I talk to Him, pray to Him, cast my cares on Him, listen for Him, and trust He knows what's happening and why it's happening, even when I don't. I meditate on God's goodness and sometimes cry buckets of tears in His presence. I've learned to be as honest as I know how when I pray. I still meditate on His promises of never leaving me or forsaking me and of His Spirit being in me to guide me.

I've learned that my perfectionist tendancies cause a lot of my stress, so learning to let go and let God handle the outcome of any given situation or project helps me loosen up and accept that I'll never reach the "ideal" in my head because I set the bar too high.

I also learned that biological anxiety, which is what panic disorder is, will rear its ugly head when I'm overly stressed and I don't walk at least 4 times a week.

Some days I do fine and some days I feel scattered and that I don't know anything at all. But the anxiety always passes, and God is always there--even when I can't sense Him there--to help me get through it.

gramma bonnie said...

Thank you for these words of hope and encouragement
I will take each word to heart. Bless you Joni, for your amazing ministry through your blog. God certainly led me here.

Joni said...

Thank you, gramma bonnie. Your encouraging words bless me. :)