Dear Ones,
Hope you are enjoying the day. I am looking out on a white landscape as it has been snowing all morning! Hoping Spring will spring forth soon! This morning I did food prep and made cookies for Al and choc covered raspberries.
This afternoon we have friends coming for coffee! 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Have you found that when you want to just be quiet before the Lord that your mind is busy with many thoughts? We want to rest in the Lord but our mind is overactive and hard to focus on Him. We get so distracted that we don’t settle into the peace that the Lord has for us. I have an idea that many of us have that problem. We must remember that it is with our heart that we come to really know the Lord and not by our wordy prayers and lofty thoughts. Rather than talk and try to figure things out with our minds, we need to dial down and listen and let His Spirit speak to our spirit. Ruth Barton writes that “We must let go of everything our mind is holding on to in order to receive the revelation that comes from beyond ourselves.” We may not want to admit it but our minds are limited and when we finally let go, we can receive from God. Like it says in Psalm 46:10, Be still and know that I am God.” Barton said the Be still in the Hebrew is translated, “Let go of your grip.” It is like letting our minds go and settle into our hearts, the place where God dwells. I read today that our heart circulates about two thousand gallons of blood each day and creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles a day. It is equivalent to the moon in back in a lifetime. The heart is amazing but if it doesn’t function well, our whole body shuts down. We need healthy hearts and not to neglect them, especially in a spiritual sense. The right diet can slash our risk of cardiovascular disease by 80%, so we must feed on the right things. But after I have my devotions and read the Word, the best thing I can do is just sit in quietness and receive. When I jump into my day before listening carefully, I miss that precious time of hearing and just experiencing Him. We all need to be still and hush from figuring everything out with our minds and make it a priority to be quiet and listen to our hearts.
Challenge for today: Quiet yourself and sit in His presence and just receive.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy