Dear Ones,
Hope you have a wonderful day. The house is filled with aroma as I just made choc Oh Henry Bars. Soon I am going to my exercise class, crafts, and maybe shopping to spend my Kohl dollars! Tonight is Bible Study at church. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  The alarm rings, and it’s time to get up to the start of a new day. But how we begin our day can reflect on how the rest of our day will unfold. If we are selfishly living for ourselves our day can get to be toilsome; but when we put Jesus first, others second and ourselves third, our day will contain deep peace.
  Our friend David has been a caregiver to his wife who has had Alzheimer’s for 7 years and in the late stage now; he has put the Lord first and then his wife before himself. God has given him the avenue of writing poetry to help him find his way through this maze of changes. I want to share this short prayer poem he just wrote that we can also identify with when we go hard situations in our day. Putting Jesus first and ourselves last will move us to a better place.
“As a caregiver, God help me to give more light than I take.
God, show me how to mend more than I break.
The candle of one I love is flickering like a river caught in a prolonged drought. 
I know God; only you determine when her candle goes out.
God, sometimes I wonder where you have been.
It seems like you show up like a long-lost friend.
Forgive me for doubting that your love is like a never-ending fountain. 
I have been climbing for too long the rough side of the mountain.”
 David goes on to mention that he feels that Alzheimer’s is like a hurricane and God has placed him in the eye of the storm where it is calm and beautiful. That can only happen when God is first, others are second and we are third. Let us entrust each day to Him!
Challenge for today: Give God first place each day, and open your heart to the blessings He will rain down on you!
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy