Dear Ones,
  Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Ours was full of good things! This morning I made cookies and blueberry muffins and lots of food prep and went to Aldi’s. Now I am soon off to my exercise class and this afternoon I think Al may have his eye on Culvers before our walk.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
   Isn’t it wonderful when we get together with a close friend and can unburden our hearts together? We can rejoice as we share those unexpected blessings and other times weep with one another. Of course, friends cannot be there all the time, nor can anyone for that matter; only the Lord who is closer than our very breath.
   It’s hard to comprehend why a holy God desires to be with us 24/7 and especially in those times we are certainly not at our best, maybe downright beastly! But He is our creator and a God of love that calls us to know Him in a deep way. He doesn’t want a superficial relationship but all the pieces of our lives, the good and the bad. He is always near and won’t leave us or ever forsake us, even when we really blow it. In fact, His desire is to restore us and to make us more like Him. He knows what we can become if we give ourselves to Him.
  I read this morning the verse from Psalm 63:1(ESV), “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints as for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” I don’t drink enough water and often I am not aware of my need for it even though my body knows I am thirsty. We can get dehydrated if we wait too long and some end up at the hospital and need IV’s. Our spiritual thirst is very real and until we come to the Lord and let Him quench that thirsty feeling in our souls, we go around feeling faint. But all the time the Lord is offering us water free of charge from the spring of the water of life. (Rev 21:6)
   May we seek to run to the Lord to fill us and to satisfy the longing we all have. Let us drink deeply and let our thirst be quenched.
  Challenge for today: Like the following verse goes from Psalm 63 (The Message) say as with David: ”So here I am in the place of worship eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last!”
Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy