April 17, 2021
Hope you are enjoying this beautiful sunny weekend! Kurt and Jeff stopped by this morning. We have been doing some packing and excited to be on our way to N.C tomorrow afternoon. We will spend the first night in the cities with good friends and then the third night we will spend at my brother’s in Indiana and hope to get to our son’s on Thursday. Appreciate prayers for a safe and healthy journey. I will e-mail as I am able.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Do we sometime feel like we are running on empty? It is often evident when we get frustrated and short tempered in responding to people around us. But just like a car can’t run on an empty gas tank, we cannot either and we need to just let the Lord fill us afresh; this is not a once and for all process, but a something needed on a continual basis. When we dial down and are shown our true condition, we know we cannot change on our own for we need the Holy Spirit to do His work in our hearts. Sometimes it is as if the Lord takes the blinders off of our eyes and lets us see our selfishness, our impure motives, our pride etc. There is no point to make excuses or blame someone else or we will remain in our present messy condition; but instead, if we agree with the Holy Spirit and let Him strip us of all that puts distance between us and the Lord, we will come into a new freedom and fullness. But that means we have to relinquish control and let Him do the work in us, His way. We have no idea how He will bring it about, but that is where trust comes in. We must believe that He has our best in mind and loves us unconditionally. God’s intention towards us is always good! Then as we obey the Holy Spirit’s promptings, we become sensitive and more aware of God’s presence. We will find that the emptiness of our heart gets filled and we begin to engage with others out of our fullness rather than our emptiness and need. Nothing else will fill us like God’s love and His love transforms us as it brings healing to all those empty places within. Like the song goes, “Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up Lord. Come and quench this thirst of my soul. Bread of heaven, feed me ‘til I want no more. Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.” I Cor. 15:58 (Message) says, “With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation.”
Challenge for today: Ask the Lord to come into those broken places and heal and fill you with His love.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy