Dear Ones,
  Hope you are enjoying this lovely sunny day! Today is party day again for all the Birthdays here in July and we are going to get the cake from Costco when it opens; I hope to make a big pot of chicken soup between setting up. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  Decisions aren’t always easy to make and we can vacillate back and forth and find ourselves getting stressed. Our soul needs to be centered in Jesus so that when decisions need to be made, we choose to do however it is that the Lord directs. We are in such a situation right now as we have invitations to  two special occasions that happen to fall on the same weekend and in different parts of the country. We have to choose one! Of course this decision is nothing compared to life altering decisions like a deciding on a life mate or medical treatment that can prolong our days etc.
  Juliet Canha, minister and counselor, writes about how important it is to not be double-minded but that our soul is centered in the Lord. James warns us in James 4:7-8 to “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God, and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” If our soul lacks a center, we are like the wave of the sea that goes back and forth.  We are vulnerable and try to do what we think others want us to do and so we waver back and forth. Rather than being dependent on God, we try to be in control of our own lives and so we find our identity in externals; we end up defining ourselves by our accomplishments, appearance and titles etc. which can be quickly lost.
  But our souls need to be centered on God with singleness of heart that our one desire is for Him.  Then it doesn’t matter if others agree with our decisions or not for our desire is only to please the Lord. He is the one to whom we will have to give account some day and it is His pleasure that we desire.
  Challenge for today: Decide this day that the Lord be the center of your life and live in dependency on Him.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy