Dear Ones,

Hope you wake to a day of restoration.  We got lots of much needed rain yesterday, so everything is so fresh and green. Today I have exercise class, craft class (much like a coffee clutch) Bible study, Etc.

Devotions from Judy’s heart

When we look into the mirror, how do we see ourselves? Do we see blemishes, double chin, wrinkles, saggy skin, protruding stomach etc. We may say, “It is not a pretty picture!” But what about when we look into the Mirror of God’s word? What do we see there? Do we see ourselves as sinful and decrepit and full of selfishness and pettiness? Or do we see ourselves as a new creation” Paul says in II Cor. 5:17-18, “Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence. God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with Him through Christ and given us this ministry of restoring relationships.

Jesus has done for us all that we can’t do for ourselves. He has made us a new creation, and instead of seeing all the blemishes of our selfish lives, He makes us new in Him. We can’t be good enough on our own or ever earn our way, but He did it all if we will receive it from Him. It’s not about us trying hard and hoping to measure up but rather that we receive what He has done. We don’t need to let what we have done in our old life effect what we see in the mirror now. No, it is all about forgiveness and the Lord transforming us and making us new.

Of course it is all His grace to us. The enemy wants us to live with the old person in the mirror and tells us that is who we will always be. But the Lord tells us we are redeemed, we are made new, and forgiven as He sees us as if we have never sinned. We have only to look in the mirror of His mercy and give Him thanks and glory. Let us no longer let the lies of the enemy rob us but celebrate that we are recreated and have begun a new life.

Challenge for today: Don’t ruminate over your flaws but look into the mirror of His Word that tells you again that you are made new.

Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy