Dear Ones,
May your day be filled with good things from above! Today is especially good as we have friends coming over this afternoon for fellowship and prayer. Al and I will also be going over to the home of Jen and Tim later at meal time, as Jen is home now after her brain surgery. We would ask for continued prayers for her as she has 2 children and is pregnant and in a battle for healing physically. Pray for her husband and children too as all need prayers. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
   We have a good Father who created us, and He has meant for us to enjoy all that is good. During my devotions today I read from James 1:17, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights (the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens), in whom there is no variation (no rising or setting) or shadow cast by His turning (for He is perfect and never changes).” If our Father created every good thing, I think He is pleased when we live in enjoyment of all that He has given us.
   I woke early one morning to the sight of the beautiful moon shining beams into my window, after sleeping in a warm bed and then eating a meal of delicious nutritious food our Father provided; I enjoyed it all and was thankful. I had gone to bed the night before with gratitude to the Lord for His goodness to me as I had been to the Christmas Tea at our former church. I had heard more of God’s wonderful gifts through several speakers who shared and afterwards came an added blessing. Since we have some family members that need to be on specialized diets, I went to the tea, thinking that our daughter would probably not be able to eat the sweets that would be served; so, I brought starch-free cookies for her and another friend who is on a similar diet. But much to our surprise, the Pastor’s 16 year-old daughter who had prepared much of the beautiful tea delights, had made a platter full of delicious fancy goodies that she could eat. My daughter could hardly believe her eyes and I almost cried to think that concern was given for every person there to experience God’s goodness. Wow! Did my daughter enjoy it? You bet and so did some others who often have to go without.
   God means for us to enjoy all that He has made for us. Of course, we think first of the spiritual gifts of salvation, forgiveness, love, peace, joy etc. but He also wants us to live life to the fullest by enjoying His bountiful gifts that He loves to surprise us with. Let us enter in to all that He puts before us each day with hearts that are truly grateful!
Challenge for today: Ask God to make you more aware of His good gifts to you and remember to give thanks. 
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy