Dear Ones,
May you wake to a fresh day full of promise and blessings! We had a fun party last night with 4 great soups and lovely decorations and caroling etc. Al also won a prize that  lit up on our table and used later as our power went out for  while. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Haven’t we thought at times that we could serve God better if he removed some of what we see as hindrances or roadblocks in our lives. We might say, “Lord, I could serve you better if you gave me good health and healed me,” or “Lord if you gave me more eloquent speech, I would preach and teach others.” You can put in the if’s, but the truth is that God uses even our weaknesses to bring glory to Him…especially our weaknesses, for others know it is the power of God working in our lives.
We may not understand why God doesn’t heal us of our chronic condition and restore us now, but He has purpose in everything and one day we will know. Jesus told his disciples when he was washing their feet “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” We may not even know in this life why we must live with disabilities and pain, but one day we will know. In the meantime, may the Lord use whatever we go through to demonstrate to others that He is enough!
Helen Keller ended up thanking the Lord for her handicaps because she said through them she found herself, her work and her God. “The Messiah” was composed my Handel who was paralyzed on his right side and arm. Paul suffered so many hardships and had a thorn in the flesh that was never removed but kept him humble and dependent on God. He said in II Cor. 11:30 (ESV), “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”
We all have weaknesses and some are evident to others but some are hidden. Rather than complain and hold back from serving the Lord, we are to gain our strength from Him. 
Some of the best speakers have been in wheelchairs and are radiant as they share how the Lord meets their needs. Or maybe you are a caregiver and have to keep reminding yourself that as you care for your loved one, you are serving the Lord.
May we all remember that “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5b) One morning we will have perfect bodies and minds and glory in His presence.
Challenge for today: Thank the Lord for how He will use your weaknesses and handicaps for His glory.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy