Dear Ones,
Hope you had a good weekend! We had more rain but the sun may make it out soon. This morning I wrote letters and went to Aldi’s and my exercise class. Then I had good news that a friend that moved away is coming for coffee shortly. It will be fun to catch up!
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Sometimes we think little things won’t make much difference but they do. Maybe we begin to compromise just a bit, and before we know it, we find our lives distanced from the Lord. God has a path for each of us to be on and it is best not to walk as close to the edge as we can without falling off, but rather to walk down the middle and enjoy the journey. The enemy is always trying to work on us to veer off just a little as he knows it will be easier for us to get on a slippery slope and off the path entirely. We must guard against taking our eyes off the Lord and getting distracted by the world. Maybe we are enamored by flattery and we compromise a bit to fit in. Or at work, we take liberties that are not right and it becomes easier next time. One thing leads to another and we find our time with the Lord diminished, we neglect reading the Word, and we soon withdraw from fellowship. At first it seemed like something small but soon we have a toll to pay. Instead of seeing how close to the edge of the path we can go, David says in Psalm 16:8-9a (God’s Word), “I always keep the Lord in front of me. When He is at my side, I cannot be moved. That is why my heart is glad and my soul rejoices.”  He goes on to say in verse 11 “You make the path of life known to me. Complete joy is in your presence. Pleasures are by your side forever.” What a difference when we purpose not to compromise or get side tracked. We commit to staying on the path God has for us. It is a narrow path less traveled but leads to life.  When we spend time with Him and in His word, we have a sense of peace and rest within and know that we are in a safe and secure place. We need to always set the Lord before us and keep Him in our sight. Then we are not moved by obstacles or storms in life but can rest in the knowledge that He is right by our side. Let us stay firm and calm and walk on the path He has set for us.
Challenge for today: Ask the Lord to show you when you are getting off the path and get back on quickly.
Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy