Dear Ones,
Hope you had a good weekend! We have been enjoying walks on the Paul Bunyan while the weather has been mild. Al has two Doctor appointments today and I went with him to one this morning and this afternoon he hopefully gets the ear stitches out. So good the Dr. caught this when she did.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Our relationship with the Lord is the most important relationship of all. Sometimes we show by how we spend our time that we don’t value this deep connection with Him as a priority and He is somewhere down our list. Our life was not meant to be lived that way but rather with Him as number one and all the rest of our life flowing out from that. I was reading today from Matt. 6:33 (Amplified), “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.” When we seek the Lord first, we can relax and not have to worry or be pre-occupied with getting our own way. When we give our full attention to Him and His kingdom work, everything will fall into its proper place. But sometimes we have a mental schedule of what we want to accomplish in a day and hold to that; and then we can get frustrated when it doesn’t work out!  But if we give the day into what God has planned, we can sail along even with anticipation, wondering what He has in store for us. We need to be flexible and remember He is in charge; I especially have to remember that! Too often I speed into my day, after I have my devotional readings, rather than taking quiet moments to just sit and listen and commune with the Lord. After Jesus told us to seek His kingdom first, He went on to say, “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.” (verse 34) In may ways it gets down to a matter of trust. Do we trust God with our whole lives, relationships, work, needs? If we are in charge, worry will set in, but if we give Him first place, we can be at peace, knowing He will work it out for His glory. May we put Him in first place in every area of our lives.
Challenge for today: Start each day with setting yourself aside and giving the Lord His rightful place.
Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy