Dear Ones,
Hope you are having a peaceful day. This morning I made a G.F. birthday cake with one layer chocolate and the other white (with 7 eggs) and now I am making choc covered raspberries. Emoji Al had his Men’s Soul Care group and I went to my exercise class. I suspect we will walk inside today as it is cold! Please pray for our friend, Gen, who was diagnosed with stage 4 Abdominal Cancer and is in pain. Also include her husband and teenage son and daughter. Thank you!  
Devotions from Judy’s heart
What do we want to leave behind for our kids and grandkids to remember? What is most important? They may desire to get some tangible things when we die, but more important is the example of a life lived for God.  When my parents died, a couple items I received was a tea cart that use to be a resting place for my mom’s many violets and a corner knick-knack shelf that held some pretty vases and dishes. As I dusted them so many times, I was continually reminded of my mom and dad and the lives they lived. It was their example of faith and helping and giving to others that has stuck with me.  It’s good to ask ourselves what will we leave behind that will inspire others in their walk with the Lord? It’s not so much what we teach but what we live that remains with them. I saw the joy in my parents when they gave money to missionaries or gave a Bible Study to those incarcerated at the Work house etc. I ask myself how giving I am?  How loving am I? Recently I read of Pastor Jeremiah’s church that during COVID has been serving 50,000 pounds of food each week to the needy; those 60 or so members that are giving out the food are full of joy for they are practicing what Jesus said in I John 5:7& 12 (God’s Word), “Dear Friends, we must love each other because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God…If we love each other, God lives in us, and His love is perfected in us.” A life of love will constantly be giving out to others, in response to what God has given. Love isn’t just a feeling but it is an action, a choice we make. An expression of His love is giving and serving others for it is a natural outflow of all that we contain within.  As we live a life of love, we will also then leave behind a path for our loved ones to follow and to remember.
Challenge for today: Ask the Lord to help you live and overflow in His love by serving others.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy