Dear Ones,
Hope you are enjoying the weekend as you make preparations for Christmas. Our retreatant friend came yesterday and wonderful to have time to listen and share together how God is moving. Many of you have prayed for him when he had his kidney transplant and it is such a miracle to see how well he is doing now. A big PTL of His healing power! What an awesome God we have!
Devotions from Judy’s heart
   Do we enjoy life and seek to delight in the Lord each day? I mean really enjoy life and are contented and more than satisfied?  Like David said in Psalm 16:11 (ESV), “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”  The Lord wants to keep pouring more and more of His love and joy and peace into us, and the more space we make for Him, the more He can pour of Himself into us.
  Perhaps we need to ask the Lord to show us what things we no longer need in our lives so that we have a larger capacity for Him. We often crowd Him out with the clutter and busyness of our lives. I have only to think of my packed closet and how there are many things I need to get rid of. Maybe some items were those that I gravitated toward at a younger age but not appropriate for my mature years!; or some that were never the right color and made me look pale and tired. Time to get them out of my cluttered closet and make room to enjoy the ones that befit me now and make room for the new!
   True contentment comes with knowing the Lord in an intimate way. The enemy tries to circumvent that and whispers what we lack.  Just like Adam and Eve in the perfect Garden of Eden…Satan tempted them to believe that God was holding out on them and that they needed to taste the forbidden fruit. But that was not so and he tells us lies that we need this or that in our lives in order to be satisfied and fully content. But that too is a lie for the Lord Himself satisfies the desires of our hearts, and not a bigger house, glitzy wardrobe, or an impressive job. He satisfies the desires of our hearts if we give Him room. Rather than ruminate over what we think we need, let us trust that the Lord will give us all that will satisfy the longings of our heart.
Challenge for today: Ask the Lord to remove those things from you that take up space that He desires to fill.
Blessings on  your weekend and prayers and love, Judy