Dear Ones,
Hope you had a good weekend. We enjoyed the children’s Christmas program during church but not the Vikings loss in the afternoon. I am writing on my new computer and had to have the geeks install a couple more things yesterday but I think we are up and running now. PTL. This morning I went to Fitquest and Aldi’s and  made a wild rice hotdish for a potluck at my former Bible Study group in Hackensack tomorrow.  Do you suppose we will see the Christmas star after sunset tonight? I hope so!  Emoji
Devotions from Judy’s heart
How does God look at us? Always with love, even when we fail. When Jesus was speaking to a huge crowd of people, he told them He knows the very number of hairs on their head; and that since He loves them, they didn’t have to worry what they will have to eat or wear as He will provide. In Luke 12:29-32 (God’s Word) He says also to us, “Don’t concern yourself about what you will eat or drink, and quit worrying about these things. Everyone in the world is concerned about these things, but your Father knows you need them. Rather, be concerned about His kingdom. Then these things will be provided for you. Don’t be afraid, little flock. Your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” In the Message translation it says we can just relax and not get preoccupied with getting so we can respond to God’s giving to us. We are not to fuss over how He is going to do it, but we will be surprised at the many ways He meets our needs. Jesus goes on to say “Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Just think of how He provided for all the needs of the Israelites when they left Egypt for the Promised land; they had manna provided every day, their shoes didn’t wear out, and they lacked nothing. Jesus tells us not to worry for He doesn’t ignore our needs; as we seek Him and His kingdom, He will give us all that is necessary. Even more importantly than our physical needs, He provides our spiritual needs and gives us abundant life here and now. But we can also look forward to an eternity with Him. Let us not get side tracked with consuming more and more things or worrying that we will have enough, but let us bask in His love and trust that He will give us what we need.
Challenge for today: Spend some time just thanking God for his blessings and provisions for you.
Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy