Dear Ones,
 Hope you had an enjoyable weekend. The temperature has taken a nosedive and we may be walking in the underground today. I plan to bake cookies and go to my exercise class this morning. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
   Let us never, never give up, no matter how bad things look outwardly for we have a miracle performing God that can change the outcome, according to His perfect will. But that means we find don’t throw away hope but hang on in faith in the One who can do all things. He can move mountains, He can close the mouth of lions, He can dry up the Red Sea etc.  As it says in Jer. 32:17 (ESV), ”Ah, Lord God! It is you who made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” Do we believe that? Even if it looks like all is lost, the Lord can change the expected outcome.
  I was reminded of this when watching the Viking game on Saturday.  I was with a couple dozen gals from church for a luncheon at The Landing. We noticed when we arrived that the Viking game was on in the next room and lots of cheering going on. But we soon found out that they were Colts fans and not cheering for the Vikings. During our luncheon we kept looking at the score and when we were about to leave it was 0 to 33 at half time. Hard to believe but I said to the gal next to me that we must not give up hope, even in such terrible odds, as things can change. Of course, it seemed highly unlikely with such a lopsided game but when I got home, Al was into the game and things were changing. One more first down came, and then one more touchdown and as the Vikings began scoring, hope was rising. To make things more exciting the game was tied and went into overtime. Then miracles of miracles, the Vikings won! The greatest comeback of all times in NFL history. But what if they had given up at half time! What if coach Kevin O Connell just told the team it was hopeless? They would have missed out on the victory.
  What if we give up on the Lord when facing great odds in our lives. We will miss out on the great things He has in store for us. It doesn’t matter how dark things look at the time, or the Doctor’s diagnosis, or what the so-called experts say; God is over all and He has the last word. We must put our hope in Him for He is worthy of our trust.
  Challenge for today: When a crisis comes along, put everything in the Lord’s hands and hope in Him.
Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy