It has finally cooled off here in northern Alabama. We made it down to the upper 80s. :D The meteorologist said that we’ll hit the 60s at night for the first time in almost two months. Not that the heat is unusual, really. I do live in the south. Of course, it’s only a temporary reprieve as we’ll be back into the 90s by the end of the week.
This last week has been a busy one for me. School started for us–almost two full weeks after public school. The first few days were difficult, but we trudged through them. I hope this coming week is better. Of course, it’s shorter, so that’s always a positive, at least to the kids.
I leave Thursday morning for the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference. I’m excited and a little nervous. I haven’t been in a few years, but I get to “meet” some of the wonderful authors who blog here, and I get to give hugs to authors I’ve met before, but haven’t seen in a while.
I promised more Alaska pictures, so here they are. The one above is of another growing glacier. If you look carefully just above the t and i of “edition,” there’s a little black speck on the ice. It’s a seal. Here’s a closer look at his pals, which you can see on the right edge of the pic.
Our guide said it was not uncommon to find herds or pods of seals relaxing on the glacial ice.
On our way out of the fjord, we saw a bald eagle, also resting on glacial ice. He looked so regal. The boat captain (we were on a small boat, not a cruise ship), puttered around the iceberg several times, so we could get pictures. The eagle ignored us.
I think there’s a devotion in that somewhere…
When we have our eyes focused on God, it doesn’t matter what’ going on around us. His Word says he’ll care for us. Our job is to trust.
Sounds so easy. And sometimes it is. At other times, it takes extreme effort to keep our eyes off our circumstances and on Him. I know from experience. And yet I also know that His Word is truth and that nothing that happens to me or to those I love has escaped His notice. He never said He’d keep us from going through trials, but that He would be there with us as we did.
I pray your day and week are blessed, and that you feel God’ presence no matter your circumstances.
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