Dear Ones,
Hope  you are having an enjoyable weekend and time to relax and also be renewed. I got soup made and cleaned the apartment this morning. This afternoon we are going to see a family from our church of long ago in Brunswick. Their whole family is at the nearby motel and the ones we had in S.S. are now grown and have their own kids…one with six of them! Fun! 
Ann may stop by here later also. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Recently I was reading from Sarah Young’s book, Jesus Always, and the challenge is given to look for signs of God’s unseen presence with us as we walk out our day. Do we notice Him in the many small details, as well as, the big things? She suggests that when we have gratefulness in our hearts, it helps us open our eyes to see all those blessings God puts before us and may otherwise miss. In Col.2:6-7 (MASB) “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and not being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” If we are full of thanksgiving, and not feeling entitled, we will be better able to see God’s hand throughout our day.
Even though someone else may be the instrument of God’s good gifts to us, it is the Lord who prompts them to do it. There are certain things the Lord knows we enjoy and when we receive them, through a stranger or a loved one, we can be grateful and thank Him. Like the other day, there was a bag with biscotti outside our apartment door and just in time for my coffee. I was grateful and smiled as I thanked the Lord. I love biscotti!
Today I asked the Lord to help me take particular notice of His gifts to me and to acknowledge and gratefully thank Him.
First of all, the Lord spoke to me from Hebrews 13:5b&6 (Amplified), “He (God) Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. (I will) not, (I will) not, (I will) not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down (relax My hold on you)! (Assuredly not); So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm (I will not fear or dread or be terrified) What can man do to me?” When I watch the news and see how our world is so full of chaos, I want to thank the Lord for His promise to always be with me and to give support and help.
A short while after I especially noted the sunrise out my window and all of creation waking up and heralding in a new day! Later I will walk the Paul Bunyan trail and see more of the beauty He has created for me to enjoy and I thank Him.
Let us go into our day, and each day, looking for signs of His presence and give thanks.
Challenge for today: Stop periodically through your day and thank the Lord for the many blessings you are made aware of.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy