Dear Ones,
Happy Christmas morning. We will be packing up the car to go to the hotel in the cities for 2 days to be with a host of relatives (last year it was 40 plus!) We come from several states and have a feast for supper and then each family shares about the blessings of the past year in their families. Some go swimming afterwards and the rest of us eat some more and enjoy catching up. I won’t be writing again until Wednesday as my computer is staying home!
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  Today is Christmas morning and may you have incredible joy as you celebrate the birth of our King and Savior. Whether we are with lots of family or alone today, we worship and celebrate the One who came, who died, and rose again and now is preparing a place for us in glory. Receiving Him and knowing Him is the most important decision we will ever make, and no matter what happens here in life, when we know Him, we have everything.

  A prayer I read recently from writer Ashley Moor as she wrote about joy as she shared from Psalm 16:11, which is one of my favorite Psalms. “You make the path of life known to me. Complete joy is in your presence. Pleasures are by your side forever.”

  Dear Lord,

Thank you that in your presence, we experience joy to the max! Thank you for making that available to us through the birth of your Son, Jesus! His birth is the reason we seek out experiences that bring us joy during this season, even if it’s only temporary joy! I pray we use this Christmas season to prompt us to acknowledge and engage with our true source of joy–your presence. Thank you for making lasting joy available to us. Thank you for every good gift! Lord let us spend time abiding in your presence, and, Lord, let us be evidence to unbelievers that you are their only hope for true, lasting joy! Let it be undeniable that we have been with you and thank you for being with us! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Challenge for today: Share the Lord with someone who may not know Him.
Blessings on your Christmas Day and prayers and love, Judy