Dear Ones,
Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Today we are going to be off to the lake and stopping on the way to see a friend in Assisted living and then to Camp Patmos to see more friends and then on to the cabin. We hope to get in a boat ride and swim.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Do we remember the goodness of the Lord to us? Or do we forget what He saved us from and take for granted His blessings. I was reading in Deuteronomy 5 when Moses was addressing the people and reminding them of the many ways God had been with them. He told how God spoke to them out of the fire on the mountain, how God brought them out of Egypt, how God made a covenant with them etc. Then He said in verse 15 (The Message), “Don’t ever forget that you were slaves in Egypt and God, your God, got you out of there in a powerful show of strength.” What an awesome story the Israelites could tell their children born to them on their long journey to the Promise Land: God delivered us, God led us through the Red Sea, God gave us water out of a rock and fed us manna every day! But they forgot and complained and wished to go back to Egypt. Moses also went on in Deuteronomy 6 to tell the people to talk about God’s commands to their children, serve and worship God and don’t forget how they got there. Maybe we are all guilty at times of forgetting how God has blessed us, how He took us out of a life of slavery to sin, made us new and free. Or we may wonder at times why the Christian life isn’t as exciting as when we first came to the Lord when everything seemed so new and passionate; but maybe the fault is with us, as we have taken His blessings for granted.  When we moved here to Northern Lakes, Al and I went through an old trunk of our love letters, diplomas, mementos of all kinds, and it brought back so many memories to us. Yesterday on our Anniversary, we spent time over our celebration dinner and later on our walk, sharing about God’s goodness to us in each move we made to a new church. Some things we hadn’t thought about for years and yet as we shared it was like yesterday. We must not forget the kindness of the Lord or we become full of complaints and feel entitled to more things. As it says in Isaiah 46:9 (NRSV), “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like me.” Let us remember the Lord and all He has done for us, knowing that He never forgets us and has us engraved on the palms of his hands.
Challenge for today: Spend some time in quiet, remembering what the Lord has freed you of.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy