Dear Ones,
Hope you enjoy your day and put on LOVE! I am doing some studying and  going to my exercise class this morning. Al is doing a communion service next door this. morning.  Then there is crafts this afternoon, a walk outside, and Bible Study tonight.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Our wardrobes are important in the sense of letting others know who we really are inside, not just when we are dressed up for some special occasion. Now I am a sale hunter and love when I can get things for 90% off especially, but will at times settle for 75%;  but it is not a bargain if I don’t feel like me when I put it on. It may look sophisticated but that is not who I am. I want to go through my closet and give away those things that give the wrong message of who I am inside.
Take for example my black outfits…truthfully, when I dress in black, I look like I am going to a funeral and possibly am the deceased.  Navy blue is fine but black just washes me out. Spiritually black is a reminder to me of my sin and how important it is to get rid of it through repentance and confession.
That has to go out of my closet of my heart!
Next, I need to get rid of all those pastel colors that make me look faded out and like I need a good rest. It reminds me of shame and how I must not let shame rule. Shame says I am no good, I am bad! But it is good to have guilt over things I have done wrong as I can bring those things to the cross and ask forgiveness.  
I doubt I have anything yellow in my closet as it is not a color many people can wear. It makes me think of anxiety and getting hot and sweaty. We are told not to worry but to give all our concerns to the Lord who is more than capable of taking care of our anxious thoughts.
I also can’t wear a fiery orange color but instead a more scarlet red color. That orange reminds me of bitterness and hurts that we have been told not to hang on to. Just today I read from Eph 4:31 (NRSV), “Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice…”  But then what should we put on? After we get rid of those things that don’t befit us as His followers, it goes on to say in verse 32 to “be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” We are to dress in rich red colors of love. I know of one Bishop’s wife that has only red clothes in her closet. Everything she has is red! Wouldn’t that be great if our lives were lived daily in His love and this can happen only as are in close relationship with Him who is love…. And of course, we must also get rid of our unbecoming clothes and anything that wars against love. May He Who is in us be evident in the very way we dress.
Challenge for today: Get busy getting rid of clothes that don’t befit you as a child of God.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy