Dear Ones,
May you wake to a hope-filled day! We are going to go out for lunch today with good friends from the lake. Emoji We enjoyed a party yesterday also and got to know our new neighbors better.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  When we were young, we desired to grow up quickly and be independent, without needing others to tell us what to do. But when we got to that age, and enjoyed it for a short while, we found when we don’t need others, we become lonely and isolated. Yes, we want to be free, but we were made for interdependence not self-sufficiency. Others around us need help but we also need to be helped and strengthened. Paul says in Galatians 6 that we reap what we sow. If we sow selfishly and ignore the needs of others, we will reap a crop of corruption. But if we sow to the Spirit, we will reap eternal life.

  We need to be free in the giving to the needs to others and also receiving so we can grow in grace as mutual needs are met. We find that the sharing with others involves both our weaknesses and our strengths. Where we are inadequate and lack strength, someone else is strong and can minister to us. And where they are weak, we can help share their burdens. No one has it all together, even if they think so, they will discover it is a lonely life not to need others. If we selfishly sow to the flesh, we will use others around us to validate us and tell us how good we are doing. But if we sow to the Spirit and help and serve others, we will experience the freedom of mutuality and living freely.

  Sowing seeds, doesn’t produce instant results. I remember how patient I had to be after planting seeds in my garden as it seemed to take forever for them to peek through the soil. We need to also be faithful in our giving to others, and patiently wait for the fruit of our labors. There are so many opportunities to give and it may be easier to give to some cause an ocean away that doesn’t take our involvement, rather than help our neighbor next door who may at times be overbearing. And maybe it is also more humbling to receive from a family member than someone who is more distant.  As the song goes, “Freely, freely you have received, freely, freely give. Go in my name and because you believe others will know that I live.”
Challenge for today: Give when an opportunity comes before you, and also be a good receiver.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy