Dear Ones,
Hope you are enjoying the day! This morning I baked a zucchini cake and went downstairs for donut day. This afternoon we have Bible Study that Al leads and tonight I have another Bible Study at church for the women. A rich day! Thank you for prayers as Kurt is better; Brenda is not feeling good though and so continued prayers appreciated.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
The Lord wants our all...that means every part of our lives and not just bits and pieces. When I married Al 56 years ago, I gave him my heart’s affections and willed to be faithful to him as long as we both should live. I have not regretted that decision and it was the second best one I ever made; the first most important decision was to surrender my heart to the Lord. The song comes to mind, “All to Jesus, I surrender, all to Thee I freely give. I will ever love and trust you, in Your presence daily live. I surrender all, I surrender all. All to Thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender. I surrender all.” When we give only pieces of ourselves to the Lord, we miss out on the best He has for us. Sometimes we are busy serving Him, but still not willing to give our all. I read today about the couple who came to Pastor Jamie and were broken and weeping. They felt like the Lord was telling them to give every penny of their money back to Him and so they handed the Pastor a check. It was all the money they had in the world and told the pastor, “We are suppose to give this to you. Do whatever you are suppose to do with it.” Immediately the Holy Spirit spoke to the pastor but he asked the couple if he could do whatever he wanted with it. They nodded and He told them, “I know exactly what the Lord would have me do with this check!” He proceeded to tear up the check in front of them without even looking at the amount. The couple fell to the floor weeping and their life was forever changed from that moment. They obeyed the Lord and gave Him everything; they passed the test and gave Him their all. God knows our hearts and what things we may hold back from Him, and He wants to loosen their hold on us so we can know the joy of loving Him with a surrendered heart. Jesus said in Matt. 16:25 (God’s Word), “Those who want to save their lives will lose them. But those who lose their lives for me will find them.” Let us not hold back anything from the Lord!
Challenge for today: Ask the Lord to reveal any area you have been unwilling to surrender and give that over to Him.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy