Dear Ones,
Hope you are enjoying the weekend. We will be heading out to Remer this morning as Al has the funeral for a friend who was in our Remer church. Al also did his wife’s funeral not that long ago and now they together with the Lord. 
We leave early Monday morning for North Carolina to see our son’s family and would appreciate prayers for safety and health. We are so excited to go and I’m sure our grandsons have grown alot since we last saw them.  
 Devotions from Judy’ s heart
  Are we enjoying the Lord and waiting for the big day when we will be ushered into glory? All of us need to  live with a vision of eternity and let go of the earthly ties that bind us to this world. We are told in I John 2:15-17 (Message), “Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from Him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.”  We are in this world for such a short time when we think of eternity, and if we get so wrapped up in the world we will miss out on the joy of the  love of our Father.
  Our Bible study group here at Northern Lakes is made up people that are in their 60’s to all the way up to one man who is 94! Those who are in the upper age, especially seem to live more in the light of eternity and to enjoy each day. Most have found that the world doesn’t satisfy, and the hope of heaven seems more close and real. Titles don’t matter, but rather belonging to the Lord and looking forward to what is next to come. Another translation for I John says that the world is passing away but the person who does what God wants lives forever.
  We need to guard our hearts from letting the world and all it’s fleshly desires take over. It can affect our attitudes, our actions, our desires and we miss out on all that the Lord has for us. Let us not be earth bound but heaven bound and remember Jesus’ prayer before He left this earth that he said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)
Challenge for today: Let go of those things that distract you from the Lord.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy