December 3, 2020
Hope you are having a wonderful day. We can hardly believe another day without snow and so pleasant for walking. I spent the morning writing and studying and feel like a student again. So nice to have this time of quiet and not so many “have to” things.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
There is so much fear in our world today and fear keeps us from living the life the Lord has for us. Jesus said many times, “Fear not” and had to remind his disciples and also us today that He is present in the midst of whatever storms we are going through and will take care of us. My heart was saddened when we got a Christmas card from an elderly person who has not been to church since March and rarely goes out of her apt for fear of getting the virus. We are all into practice distancing and take precautions, but we can still live in peace as we trust in the Lord. Yesterday though, I reacted out of fear when I got an e-mail; it was from Yahoo telling me it was a final reminder to sign in to some prior agreement or I would not be able to receive my e-mails or send out. I was just getting ready to send out my devotion for the day and in haste I gave them my password. But something didn’t seem right to me in my spirit and I couldn’t shake it, so I forwarded the message on to our son. He quickly responded and said it was a scam and to get a new password immediately. So that is what I did and I was sorry I had reacted out of fear. In Isaiah 41:10 (AMPC) it says, “Fear not (there is nothing to fear), for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My (victorious) right hand of rightness and justice.” Even as the days get darker in our world the Lord has promised to support us and strengthen us for whatever we have to go through. He doesn’t want us to go around fearful and anxious but at peace in Him. Let us give Him any anxious thoughts that weigh on our hearts, any what ifs, and in faith trust Him. Then we can have “peace at all times and in all ways and under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes. (II Thess. 3:16)
Challenge for today: When anxious thoughts come to mind, begin to praise the Lord and thank Him that He is in charge.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy