Dear Ones,
Happy Weekend! Hope you enjoy some time to get refreshed. I plan to do some, studying, baking and maybe a movie.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  How free do we live? Do we speak freely, act freely and enjoy a rich life? Instead of trying to fit into the culture and speaking their lingo and buying what things are “in”, are we enjoying life lived by faith in the One who loves us most? That may involve suffering and death to our own ego but when we submit to the Lord, we are set free from trying to please others and being controlled by their opinions.
  I memorized a verse from Gal.2:20 when I was a young girl, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me. And the life I now live, I live by faith in the Son of Man who loved me and gave His life for me.” When we are crucified with Christ, it means we die to our own way, and choose to go God’s way. Paul said that he gloried in the cross by which the world has been crucified to him, and him to the world. God does for us, what we cannot do, and we willingly respond. What results is a life well lived in freedom.
   We need to be willing to die to our own selves and all our earning attempts of keeping the rules, and instead receive what God does which will bring freedom. For after death is resurrection life that is free and beautiful and lived by faith. We can respond with living deeply and freely for Him and for others as we embrace the cross. Our life becomes one of joy in the Holy Spirit, liberty, and enjoyment of the Lord, as we live freely forever In Him.
  Challenge for today: Be willing to die daily and then live in freedom with resurrection power.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy