Dear Ones,
Hope you had a wonderful New Year’s weekend as many of you celebrated with friends and family. Our son, Kurt, and Brenda made it to the Viking/Packer game at Lambeau Field last night, which was on Kurt’s bucket list. Today I made S.F. Choc chip cookies and went through papers, and then to my exercise class. It’s warming up so hope to get a good walk in today! 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
God’s love for us is never up for question. He is love and that will never change for His love is everlasting. No matter what we encounter in this coming year, we can count on Him to be there for us, pouring out His love to us and giving us strength. 
I was reading from Ann Spangler’s devotional book as she shares about King George VI in his address to the nation in 1939. France and Great Britain had declared war on Germany and the King spoke to the people on Christmas day at a very dark time. A New Year was at hand and they didn’t know what would happen. He told the people, “None of us know what the new year will bring. If it brings safety, healing, prosperity, wholeness, and joy, we will praise and thank the Lord. But if it brings continued struggles, we will remain undaunted, not because we are strong or have it in our own power to remain faithful, but because our God is strong and more than able to keep us in his peace.”
Then he closed with these words to further encourage the people:
“ I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year: ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied: ‘Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.’”
The King then asked that God’s Almighty Hand would guide and uphold them and we know it was six years more of war until peace came to the nation,
We are beginning a new year and living in uncertain times; none of us can predict what 2022 will hold; but we need to put our hand in the One who is love and all powerful and will give us peace. As the song goes, “Precious Lord, take my hand/ lead me on, let me stand/ I am tired, I am weak, I am worn/ Through the storm, through the night/ lead me on to the light/ Take my hand, precious Lord/ lead me home.”
Challenge for today: Put your hand in His and let Him lead you each day until one day you are home.
Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy