Dear Ones,
Hope you had a great weekend! The house is full of aromas as I used my giant zucchini and made a cake and lots of zucchini fries this morning before going to my exercise class. Our new neighbors (friends from former church) are moved in now and so nice to have them 2 doors away! Today is more overcast again as the smoke seems to be coming our way. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
 I enjoy watching football and keep asking Al when football season will start again. I love coming home from church on Sundays and having dinner and watching the Vikings. (at least most of time!)
Recently I read an article by Jonathan Evans, son of Pastor Tony Evans, who played NFL under Coach Parcells. He said that the first thing his coach did was to adjust their stance. It didn’t matter that Jonathan had played his position for over 8 years, for the coach still addressed his stance. He said what they were doing may have served them well in college, but they were at a new level now and their stance needed to reflect that.
 Jonathan compared it to our Christian walk and how we also may need to change our stance on many things like how we make our decisions, how we relate to our family and friends, how we serve, how we use our finances, etc. Since we are members of the Kingdom of God, we may also need to change our stance on how we spend our time in reading the Word and time in prayer. We have only to consider what is happening in our culture and the battles that we are facing now as never before, and it seems to put us in a new league. The spiritual warfare is different than what we have known and we need to take up new weapons and consider a new approach
 That means we must be willing to let go of anything that hinders us from God’s best. Rather than chasing our own greatness and storing up blessings only for ourselves, it is about His Kingdom and increasing our influence for the sake of blessing others. We must not get comfortable and stuck where we are at, but go after what God has for us. May we let Him direct us and be willing to change our stance and Go, Go, Go! We have God’s promise in Psalm 32:8 (ESV), “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go: I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
 Challenge for today: By faith let go of the past and press on to what God has waiting for you. 
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy