Dear Ones,
Hope you wake to a day of sunshine! This week the question is: When have you received a perfect gift that you sensed God prompted someone to give you to let you know He sees where you are at and loves you? Maybe it was an encouraging card to lift your spirit and give hope, or a perfect job offer that you didn’t know existed, or maybe an offer to relieve you from caregiving for the afternoon when you wondered if you could go on etc.  
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  How bright is our light shining for the Lord? Do others observe that we are His children and have the family likeness? One scripture that I learned as a child in Sunday School was Matt. 5:16 and will probably always be remembered as we recited it each Sunday. I will use the Message translation today, “Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Our lives are to be lived for Him and not for ourselves and our love for Him can be expressed in numerous ways.
   One way is to be generous person that loves to share with others; not just material things, but faith and love and good deeds. I read today King Solomon’s words in Prov 22:9, “Whoever is generous will be blessed because he has shared his food with the poor.” It is exciting when we listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and He tells us to do something, which later turns out to be exactly what was needed at that moment.
   Maybe we are shopping and we are led to buy something for someone who is going through a hard time. I know a gal that recently went shopping and was led to buy a lovely top for a person new to Northern Living. The new gal has her own health issues and her son is very sick. We pray for her each day but maybe the Lord just wanted her to know He sees her and wants to bless her and encourage her.
   Others may not want to hear about our faith journey but they may recognize a deed done in His name and want to know our Father who is Love.  Let us not dismiss thoughts that come to us throughout our day for if the Holy Spirit is prompting us, let us follow His leading. May our lights not go dim by ignoring the needs of others but shine bright that the glory may go to Him.
  Challenge for today: Be open and willing to help meet the needs of others as led by the Spirit. 
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy