Page 154 has been a laid back, reflective kind of day. I slept a little later than usual, but was still up early to put some more study and work in on the sermon I’ll share tomorrow. As I worked, I would peek in on Susan every once in a while. She was very content to be left alone so she could sleep the morning away while she had the chance. By late morning Susan was ready to wake up, so I took a break from my study to help her get around for the day and then fired up the pellet grill to work on lunch.
After lunch I relaxed for a while, then took my outline and Bible out to the porch to continue my work while watching for hummingbirds at the feeder. As I worked on my sermon, every once in a while I would look up and a hummingbird would be at the feeder. By the time I picked up my camera it would be gone, so I finally set up my camera on a tripod with a remote shutter release that I kept in hand. Even with that, it was difficult to catch the quality of shot I would have liked because they just don’t sit still very long. I guess it is another aspect of photography that I will have to study and experiment with to see if there are camera settings more beneficial than what I was using.
By late afternoon, I fired the pellet grill back up and put some pork chops on to slow cook for dinner. As they cooked, I went back out to the porch to continue my study and bird watching combination. Today’s photo is one that I captured as it perched on the feeder for a brief stop. Even though the photos were few, it was fun to watch the hummingbirds come and go as they would dart in for a quick drink, then fly off at top speed into the midst of the pine trees. While it was a joy to watch them, the variety of songbirds singing in the trees added to the beauty of the afternoon.
By the time the pork chops were done, I packed up my camera and study material so I could enjoy dinner with my family. Now as evening winds down, I will finish writing today’s page, wrap up my study, and get some sleep as I still need to go to work early in the morning to finish the cleaning and prep of the building that I didn’t get done Friday.
As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:
- For me, a sermon is never completed until I preach it . . . and even then it is only my part that is complete, my prayer is always that God continues to do His part in producing good fruit from it.
- One of the primary keys to being a person “after God’s own heart”, is to learn to guard our own heart.
- An unguarded heart can quickly lead us to great trouble.
- It is not good enough to guard part of our heart while leaving other areas of it unguarded. The enemy who seeks to destroy and devour will always find the unguarded area.
- The more still I become, the more I’m aware of God’s presence in and around me.
- A guarded heart equips us to live as the Lord’s servant in the way we serve others.
- While there are certain tasks I need to do each week, I am very thankful for the great flexibility I have regarding when I do them.