Devotions from Judy’s heart

I love when I see acts of unexpected kindnesses and it makes my heart leap with joy. A couple days ago I had just made 2 kinds of cookies and Ann asked me to go for a walk before I cleaned up the dishes. I left the mess and went for the walk and when I came home the kitchen was all cleaned up and the dishwasher emptied. Paul ( age 13) had surprised me and I couldn’t help but give him a big hug. If I was made glad by a simple act of kindness, how must the Lord feel when we think of things to do for Him out of gratitude and love.   I must confess I have often done things out of obedience rather than a full heart of gratitude….especially when I have had to do public speaking! Just like I had not asked Paul to do the dishes etc, his act meant even more to me.  As I read in Deut. 11:12 “What does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love Him to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?”