Dear Ones,
Hope the Lord is the center of your day! I am still a little swollen from my trip to the dentist but hoping by church tonight i won’t look lopsided! I plan to go to Aldi’s, and exercise class, and Crafts today.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  I have been in the book of Colossians and Paul’s letter to the people there shows his desire that Jesus be the center of their lives and that they live in peace with one another. They were to forgive each other, be kind and caring and put up with one another and above all be loving. (Col 3) Those words are also for us today and it often means that we do a lot of dying to self as we strive to get along with one another. It takes daily surrender to the Lord that His love and forgiveness would flow through us.

  We make mistakes and sin daily even when we are not aware, and all of us need forgiveness. When I went to our Women’s Bible study the leader was busy getting ready and I told her I would put out the name plaques of card stock on the counter so everyone could claim them when they came. There were two piles but what I didn’t know was that she had them alphabetized and I just haphazardly put them on the counter. I messed up and I wasn’t even aware at the time. It hit me that there must be a multitude of times in my life and maybe your life too, where we are doing maybe even good things but still missing the mark because of doing it the wrong way or a wrong attitude, or wrong timing. God is so merciful and wants us to surrender to Him and to desire to follow His lead.

Paul said in Colossians 3:1-3, “So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from His perspective.”
 May Jesus be first in our live, the very center of our lives, and may we do all for His glory.
 Challenge for today: Put Jesus in first place in your life each day and be amazed at what He will do through you when you are surrendered.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy