Dear Ones,
Hope you will have a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend!  I happen to be sick and just getting up today. Hoping for a miracle so we can spend Easter at the Lake with Ann’s family. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  Today is Good Friday and somehow it seems to be misnamed at first glance for it was a dark day when Jesus died. In fact, it was physically dark from noon until 3 p.m as Jesus was on the cross dying. When Jesus said, “Father into Your hands I commit my Spirit, and died, the curtain in the temple was torn in two, the earth shook and tombs of many of the saints were opened and they were raised to life.
  I remember as a young girl being at the lake when a terrible storm hit. We barely made it to the cabin from swimming and then it got dark as night. The wind blew violently, many trees were uprooted and rain was even blown into the cabin by the window frames. We wondered if the cabin would get blown away and with us in it. I can just imagine the fear the disciples must have had during the darkness that fell when Jesus was dying. There went their hope of Jesus rescuing them; and of His followers, only the women and John were with Jesus in his last hours on earth. It seemed like the darkest time ever, and they must have wondered if their lives were also in danger. Jesus died but just as my family was saved from the terrible storm and the sun came out again, Jesus came alive again on Easter morning and that which was darkest is now the brightest light for all of us who trust in Him. We have hope and a future with Him if we believe in Him, and ask forgiveness. Yes, this is Good Friday, for He took our sin and shame and paid the penalty for our sins. Like Paul said in II Cor 5:21 (ESV), “For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”                                                                                                                  
  Jesus loved us that much that He was willing to die for us, let us open our hearts to receive Him and live for Him all our days.
Challenge for today: May we not only receive Him ourselves but share the wonderful news with others.
Blessings on your Easter weekend and prayers and love, Judy