Dear Ones,
Happy weekend! Hope you are keeping warm during this cold weather.Emoji Today we are going to celebrate our daughter’s birthday and the meal is ready for the oven and cake all frosted.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  Pray, pray, pray! Today our children and grandchildren are being exposed to things that we never even imagined when we were young. Satan is trying to deceive them and to pull them away from the Lord and we need to pray fervently. Beth Ann Baus writes several prayers to protect our children, and we all need to hold them up in prayer so that they can stand against the enemy’s attacks.

  The enemy uses many devious ways to get at them and one of the biggest ways is to attack their self-worth and even give them suicidal thoughts. One friend wrote recently that her granddaughter has tried suicide unsuccessfully 5 times. Satan tells them they are not loved and a negative message on Facebook can tip them over the edge. But we can share with them how much they are loved by us and especially by the Lord, and let them know they are not alone.

   The enemy sends temptations of all kinds their way. He may tempt them with riches, causing them to feel deprived if they don’t have as much as others. We can point them instead to the riches they have in the Lord and share what is truly important. They can also get confused by the influence of ungodly friendships whose values are of the world. Gangs may also seem an answer to their loneliness and we need to pray for friendships to influence them for God’s kingdom instead. The enemy uses technology in a big way and children become dependent on their phone messages to know their worth.

  But we can pray much for them to have strength to resist the enemy’s tactics and as it says in James 4:7, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” It’s important that we faithfully hold them up in prayers to say no to the enemy and yes to the Lord. Let them know God will provide a way of escape when they are tempted and He will help them to follow and obey the Lord.

Challenge for today: Be a good listener to your grandkids Pray daily for them and use every opportunity the Lord sends your way to speak into their lives what God has for them.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy