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May 16 2022

Dear Ones,
Hope you had a wonderful weekend. We enjoyed our time in Kansas with family and thank you for prayers for our safe travels. This morning I went to my dermatology appointment and then to Aldi’s and on to my exercise class. Thankful we live so close to things here and can just buzz from one to the other.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  When we read about miracle healing in scripture, many people think that spectacular healing does not happen today, but it does more often than we think. If we note as we read how Jesus healed people, it was not like one size fits all for He did it in different ways, as did Jesus followers. Sometimes it was only a word spoken and the person was healed without even being touched. Other times healing occurred in stages as in Mark 8 when Jesus spit on the blind man’s eyes and laid hands on him, and then asked him if he could see. At that point the man only saw people that looked like walking trees. So Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again and his sight was fully restored.
   Healing comes in many forms and it happens today. I read J.P. Moreland’s book on Experience Miracles and he documents and helps us understand more about miracles today. If we have never seen a miracle, we need to ask ourselves how often do we pray for them to happen or do we live in doubt.
  When we pray for healing, we need to believe that God heals today and not doubt like the wave of the sea. Of course, there are times God is using the suffering for greater good in the person’s life and has a bigger plan. Sometimes our sin keeps us from getting well or maybe we refuse to go for medical help when God wants to use our doctor. It could be the timing is not right or that healing may be gradual. There are even cases where the person may not want to be healed as they feel special with all the attention and don’t have to be responsible to do what healthy people do.  
  I would like to share a healing miracle that Moreland writes about in his Vineyard church in Anaheim, CA. They offer healing prayer every Monday night for anyone who needs and they have trained prayer teams. One night Susan came for prayer as she heard about the service from her high school students. She was very sick and had tried medical treatments by many doctors but her condition got worse. Her cancer had spread to 51 places throughout her body and she was given no hope but sent home to die. She came to the Vineyard church off and on for healing prayer and felt loved and cared for. But then one Monday night during prayer time she felt like her whole body was filled with heat and electricity. She just knew she was healed and contacted her main doctor. He ordered a PET scan and was shocked when it showed that all of the cancer in her body was gone. She was cancer-free! As a result this Jewish woman gave her life to the Lord. 
  Another case of a young woman who was legally blind for12 years with juvenile Macular Degeneration and was instantly healed and continues for 47 years, up to time of the book’s publication.
  So many more miracles are happening today so let us step out in faith and pray!
  Challenge for today: Offer to pray for someone when they share their need and be amazed at what God will do.
Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy

May 14, 2022

Dear Ones,
Hope you are having a great day.   We are home now as we left early this morning from Kansas. Enjoyed our time there so much and loved seeing Lily play soccer, shopped, ate outside, and also saw Kurt’s video of family and  the moving of the sauna down the big hill to the lake. It took 3 big pieces of heavy equipment to do it and 5 young men to do it. We originally planned to come home tomorrow and see my brother and wife on the way but they had to go to Milwaukee to help in an emergency.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  We all go through desert times when we feel dry and we may wonder where is God and what is He up to. Will we always feel like this or will things change and will joy bubble up again in our lives? I have good news!  Even when we feel dry and parched like the desert we can flourish again.
  In Isaiah 35: 1-2 it says, “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy… they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.”
  God comes to us in many different ways to encourages us and as it says in verse 10, “everlasting joy will overtake them and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
   I have been reading what Rev Mark Roberts from Fuller Seminary has been saying about dryness and flourishing. He writes how the Lord brings us out of our despair and dryness and into a time of joy and fruitfulness. He shares about an energetic woman from His church who was so full of love, even though she had experienced lots of grief. She lost a son and all her grandchildren in premature death. But she reached out to others and especially welcomed new people to the church to feel at home. Sometimes she took them out for coffee or invited them into her home. But when she was nearing the 4th quarter of her life, she had physical struggles and was bedridden so she could no longer go to church. She felt very useless and when the Pastor came to see her, she talked of what she could do, even though she had great physical limitations. Suddenly the idea came to her that she could use her phone. Why not call every household in the church and ask how she could pray for them. She used the church directory and made calls every day, much to the appreciation of the members who felt cared for. She was fruitful to the end of her life.
   Maybe we know others who used their desert time to grow. We can also be fruitful and flourish, no matter what our circumstances are. It could even be that God will use us to pray for others who feel like they are in a desert now!
  Challenge for today:  Encourage someone going through a dry time, and pray that they will bloom again.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy

 

May 13, 2022

Dear Ones,
We are at our son’s home in Olathe, Kansas and enjoying time with family and also nice warm temperatures. We arrived yesterday in time to go to Lily’s soccer game where they tied in double overtime. Very exciting and also cozy warm as the sun went down while we watched. This morning  we plan to go to a Christian bookstore and also see movie coverage of the sauna at the lake being moved down by the cabin.  
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  God shows compassion on the big things that concern us but also the smallest details of our lives. We can share everything with the Lord and leave it with Him to work out accoring to His plan.
  Recently, I was made aware of His capable hand that moved in my behalf. Our son texted me that flowers would be arriving for Mother’s Day but wouldn’t arrive in time, due to shortage of deliverery persons. Tuesday came and no flowers to be seen by the office, or mail room or by the entrance of our apartment  complex. I prayed that they would come and checked later in the day but nothing. Wednesday came and surly they would be there, but still no flowers. I mentioned it at Craft Time to friends and also told our son they were never delivered, even though he had paid for them and had a message they were delivered. But about supper time a friend knocked on our door and held in her arms a big box. She had found the flowers on a different floor at the end of the hall, near another apartment door. She investigated and discovered my name on the box and grabbed it.
   What a God’ instance that she would be prompted to walk the halls and find my lost flowers that had no reason to be where they were. I thanked her and the Lord, and she ended up caring for my flowers while we are here at our son’s home for the weekend.
   This is such a small circumstance but God’s thoughts and intentions are for our good and welfare in all the concerns of our lives. As it says in Jer. 39:11-12(NIV), “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me, and I will listen to you.”
   Our part is to call on the Lord for everything small or huge and His ear is open to hear and respond. Too often we get worried and stressed over what may be happening in our lives and we try to fix it; and when we are all out of options, we call on the Lord. He should be our first line of defense.  We are to seek Him and trust Him and watch for His work in our behalf. Maybe we can’t see His good purpose yet, but in the fulness of time we will.
  Challenge for today: Call on the Lord and wait in patience for him to act.   
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy

May 12, 2022

Dear Ones,
I am sending out tomorrow’s devotion tonight as we will be on the road very early tomorrow and traveling to Olathe, Kansas. We are going to Kurt’s and want to be there in time to go to our granddaughter Lily’s soccer game. Looking forward to a weekend of catching up. Appreciate prayer for safe travels. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  Isn’t it uplifting to be around people that are encouraging and upbeat, especially if we are going through a time of struggle? We don’t need to hear more bad news or enlarging of our present difficult situations but rather words that will lift us up out of our funk. Some people seem to just have a ready word on their lips to bring encouragement to us and others.
  Of course, God is always ready to encourage us if we turn to Him. I was reading this morning from II Thess. 2:16-17 (God’s Word), “God our Father loves us and by his kindness gave us everlasting encouragement and good hope. Together with our Lord Jesus Christ, may He encourage and strengthen you to do and say everything that is good.” God promises to help us and to encourage us and to put a fresh heart in us. He gives us strength and hope even in the darkest of times. Paul is writing to a church in Thessalonica that is facing persecution, false teachers, worldliness etc. so he wants to encourage them to stand firm and be strong. He compliments them and tells them what they doing well and he thanks the Lord for how they show love for one another etc. He also tells them not to get weary and that he is always praying for them, which must have lifted their hearts. But he doesn’t hesitate to also ask that they pray for him as he shares God’s word.  
   We all need encouragement at times and God may use many different avenues to bring encouragement to us. Sometimes it is a word from the sermon we hear, or a scripture we read that seems to just stand out to us. It could be an e-mail that is sent to us or a song that we hear as we go to work. It may be a word that a friend shares, without even knowing we have a need. Encouragement may flood us when we are sitting in a place of beauty like in a star -studded sky at night or looking up to the grandeur of the mountains. There are times when I  question the Lord if I should keep writing and then a word of encouragement comes from someone I don’t even know.
  But let us also remember to encourage others like our pastor, church leaders, family members, care givers, and even the cashiers at the check-out. We never know who needs a word that day to give them hope.
   Challenge for today: Ask the Holy Spirit to fill your mouth with words that will be uplifting to others.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy

 

May 11, 2022

Dear Ones,
  Hope you are having a good day and one of peace. I did some packing this morning and went to my exercise class. This afternoon we have someone coming to our craft class with ideas and all the makings for us to create several cards. We leave very early tomorrow morning for Kurt’s in Olathe, Kansas, where we will spend the weekend and see Lily play soccer.Emoji 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  Every morning I start my day by praying that the Lord would speak to me; that I would hear his voice and that He would give to me what He wants me to write. Yesterday I read from a devotional about worry, and I thought of how I have written on that subject before. But then I went to my computer and there was a second devotional on worry and then followed a third one. So, I guess worry is something that needs to be addressed as we all have to guard against it. 
   The Lord wants to free us of becoming anxious and worried, so we can experience His wonderful peace. He told his disciples in Luke 12:22-23 (ESV), “Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” Mark Robert from Fuller Seminary wrote that in Jesus’ day they probably had more to be concerned about than we do today. They were poor and lived under Roman rule and taxed heavily. They had no safety net to help them. Life expectancy was estimated to be 35 years old. But we can come up with our own list of things we might worry about, like our children, our world, illnesses, finances etc. Right now, we have concern for good friends who have covid, and so we pray and give them to the Lord and leave it in His capable hands.
   Worry happens when we leave the Lord out of the picture and think we are on our own. It also puts us in a future mode of concern over things that may never happen; and even if they did, we will be given grace at the time and not before it happens. When we worry, it doesn’t change the outcome and our anxiety sets our imagination into motion of all the terrible things that could result.
  We should pay attention to what things cause us anxiousness because it is like a red light that shows up on our dash board to let us know something is not right. It is a warning perhaps of something we have not given to the Lord and need to surrender to Him. When that alarm goes off, we need to go to prayer and turn our worries over to Him in trust.
    Challenge for today: The next time you become worried, stop and pray!
    Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy

  

May 10, 2022

Dear Ones,
Hope you wake up to a day of peace and joy!
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  For Mother’s Day I got a card from my surrogate son whom I have known for many years. His parents are with the Lord, and I am blessed he has chosen me to be his surrogate mom. In his card were the words of Frederick Meyer that spoke to me: 
   “Joy is peace dancing. Peace is joy resting.”
  Can’t you just visualize freely dancing with a heart of peace or sitting restfully in quiet with the Lord as joy overflows in your heart? I love that picture and sometimes I feel like that as I sit by the lake with the sun shining down on me and no one else around except the Lord.
   We may wish every day was like that but we get bogged down with schedules and cares of life and our peace gets squeezed out by stress. However, our peace is not dependent on perfect circumstances but in the person of Jesus who is our peace. And because He is our peace, we have deep joy that does not fade when things are less than ideal
  Maybe we worry about what the uncertain future holds but instead we need to put our gaze on the One who holds the future Just as it says is Prov. 3:5 (AMP), “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” We can live in peace and joy and not fear if we are trusting in the Lord. As a few lines of John Greenleaf Whittier’s song goes:
 
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
 
 May we experience the beauty of His peace and overflow with His joy a we lean into Him.
 Challenge for today:Trust and be confident in Him and let His peace and joy take over your day!
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy

 

May 9, 2022

Dear Ones,
Hope you had a wonderful weekend, especially you moms. We enjoyed going to hear Leif preach, and also to fellowship at our former church; then a wonderful feast and games at Ann’s. I had the biggest steak and done to perfection by Leif. Emoji 
This morning I made cookies and egg dishes and went to my exercise class.Emoji More rain today.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
   God’s love for us is so great that there are no words to describe it adequately. We can only use pictures and words to try to help us understand the depth of it, but those words will fall short. Today I was reading from Isaiah 54:10 (Amplified), and it says, “For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall my covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.” The Message says it this way, “For even if the mountains walk away and the hills fall to pieces, My love won’t walk away from you, my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart. The God who has compassion on you says so.”
   I love the mountains in Colorado and to sit in a meadow and just spend time beholding the grandeur of them. We can’t imagine that anything can be more immovable and enduring than a mountain; but even if that should happen that it moved, God’s love and kindness will always, always endure. That also means that even when we fail, He will not take His love away.
   Our love for one another is so often fickle and conditional on how others respond; It’s like you treat me well and I will treat you well! You speak evil of me and I will speak evil of you and also make sure your reputation is damaged. 
   But God’s love if not like that and remains the same for it is not conditional. No matter how badly we mess up, His love is unfailing and inexhaustible. He is the only one who can love us like that and when we come to know His love in a deep way, we can rest in peace and feel secure. Like the song goes:

“The love of God is greater far than any tongue or pen can ever tell; it goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell…..Oh, love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forever more endure—the saints’ and angels’ song.”

  Let us receive deeply His love and also share it with others.

  Challenge for today: Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you, any ways you are blocking God’s love from penetrating your heart.
  Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy

 

May 7, 2022

Dear Ones,
Hope you are having a good weekend and enjoying this nice weather. I cleaned the apt and packed some things up to go to Ann’s tomorrow for Mother’s Day.We will also go to church in Hackensack and hear Leif preach. Kurt and buddies moved the sauna down the hiil by the cabin yesterday as Matt used his bulldozer and lots of wisdom. Will be wonderful to have the sauna down by the lake instead of across the road. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow and a day to honor those who have birthed us or chose us through adoption, and sacrificed so much for us. We were all put into a family to help us grow and to become what God has planned for us.
   For many years I wondered if I had the right mother, as we seemed to be so different from one another; but later I recognized how very blessed I was to have the mother God chose for me and who knew and loved Him and taught me His ways.   
   I was reading what Andrew Towe, pastor and author, had to say about a very special mother in the Bible named Jochebed. Maybe that name does not ring a bell to you at all, but she was the mother of Moses. She gave birth to him during a very oppressive time, for King Pharaoh had ordered all Hebrew babies to be thrown into the Nile River and drown. But God had a different plan and used Jochebed to save not only her son but a nation. She was a woman of faith who hid her son after he was born until she could no longer hide the growing child. So, she made a basket of bullrushes and put baby Moses in it and floated him in the reeds by the river bank. Like Pastor Towe wrote, “Moses sailed on the water that was intended to kill him.”
   Pharaoh’s daughter discovered him when she came with her maidens to bathe. She heard his cries and had compassion on him and overturned Satan’s plan to kill him. He was raised by her in the palace and God’s purpose to save God’s people was accomplished for his life.
   As the Lord said to Jeremiah 32:27 (God’s Word), “I am the Lord God of all humanity. Nothing is too hard for me.”
   Moses’ mother acted in faith and was rewarded. She committed her son into God’s hands just like we must do with our children. We have no idea all that they will encounter in life and our part is to teach them of the Lord and pray much for them all our days. I wonder how many plans of Satan have been thwarted by a praying mother! Even when the outlook is not favorable at the time, let us never, never, give up but stand strong with an expectant heart for what God can do.
   Challenge for today: By faith commit your children into God’s hand, pray daily, and never ever give up.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy

May 6, 2022

Dear Ones,
Happy Weekend to you! Looks to be a beautiiful day. I studied and did some food prep this morning and took a quick trip to Costco. This afternoon I am going to bake chix soup and maybe a tript to Kohl’s. Enjoyed the Gala last night so much and we had a table for couples all from Northern Living. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  How wonderful it is to behold a changed life and to know that it is a miracle that only God could do! You can think of your own scenario, of what would entail a miracle but what I saw last night was multiple miracles that all glory goes to the Lord.
  We went to a Gala for Teen Challenge last night and heard a wonderful program by the men who have been held captive to addictions of various drugs and many who have been in prison and served time, lost their families etc. Teen Challenge may have been their last resort, if the judge let them choose between life behind bars and rehab at Teen Challenge. We heard their stories and the horror of all they suffered as they went through detox etc; but then came the wonder of getting their lives straightened out as they committed themselves to the Lord. All of the men giving testimony gave the credit to the Lord, knowing they couldn’t do it on their own. Some men were blessed as they got their wives and children back again and some were able to work for Teen Challenge after they graduated for they understand the struggle to get free of addictions. As they sang in the choir and gave glory to God, we all rejoiced with them and felt like standing up and cheering.
  None of us should let the enemy hold us back from what the Lord has for our lives. The only way we can defeat the enemy is in the power of the Lord. If we are going through a battle, we must not give up. Or if our loved ones are caught in the web of the enemy, we must pray and use all our spiritual weapons to stand with them, and pray that they get set free. Some have to try it all on their own before they discover that they can’t do it themselves but must surrender to the Lord.
  As it says in II Chron. 20:15 and 17 (Message), ”Don’t be afraid; don’t pay any attention to this vandal horde. This is God’s war, not yours…..Just stand firm….and watch God’s saving work for you take shape, Don’t be afraid, don’t waver. March out boldly tomorrow—God is with you.” Let us remember if we humbly ask for God’s help when we go through any kind of struggle, God will fight for us and He always wins!
  Challenge for today: When you feel the enemy bearing down on you, look to Jesus and His strength, recognizing the battle is His. He will change your life!
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy

May 5, 2022

Dear Ones,
Hope you are enjoying the day and especially the sunshine!  This morning I made cookies and bars and went downstairs for Donut day. This afternoon we have Bible Study and then tonight we have a gala for Teen Challenge. Several from our apt. complex are going. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
   Our words that we speak are very revealing to show what is really in our hearts. Jesus said in Luke 6:24 (ESV), “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” 
   It is interesting that I should read a devotional upon rising  from Lynnette Kittle who shares about the importance of our words; for in the night, I awoke and was in remembrance of a time I hollered (screamed is more like it) at our son when he was about 5 years old and probably had teased his siblings. As I finished my tirade on him a neighbor from church showed up at our door. What could I say, for she heard the whole thing?  She saw first-hand what was in my heart. In the night, what also came to me was David’s words said in Psalm 51:4, “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in your sight.” When we sin, we not only hurt others but we sin against God.                                                                                                                 Today, there is so much focus on food, with cooking shows and many movies with story lines revolving around chefs and food. Much attention is given to what we put in our mouths but hardly a word is said of what comes out of our mouths. But in our world today we hear so many hateful and hurtful words that are spoken to destroy others and their reputations, often using social media for all to see. Those harmful words that come out of our mouths cannot be taken back and it also reveals what is in our hearts. Jesus said in Mark 7:20, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him.” Those hurtful words have power to not only destroy others but ourselves.                                                                                                                                                We need to think before we speak and ask the Lord to put a guard on our mouths. If we lash out with our words, we need to not only to ask forgiveness of the ones we have hurt but to repent before the Lord, for we have sinned against Him.                                                                                                                                                                    Challenge for today: Before you press the send button on your computer, pause and pray.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy

 

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