Dear Ones,
Hope you have an enjoyable weekend. I have cookie dough already mixed and ready to bake Al his favorite cookies. We have a funeral later this morning and tomorrow will celebrate Father’s Day.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  Happy Father’s Day to all the father’s reading this. Your role in life is so vital and more important than you can possibly realize. Of course, you are not perfect, for only our Heavenly Father is, but through you, we get a glimpse of what He is like. You are the first model of godly fatherly love that teaches us as children the many important things in life like loving unconditionally, forgiveness, patience, kindness, fairness, integrity etc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         As children we notice what place God has in your life and the family, and that God should come first and foremost. We are hopeful that we will learn that getting things is not as important as what we give from our hearts and that money does not buy happiness.                               It is our desire to know in our hearts that we are loved even if we are not the prettiest, even if we do not stand out as the best football player, or the smartest whiz at math, but rather that we are doing our best. We especially need to know you are in our corner if we fail or someone hurts us. You will stand with us and help us get up again and grow in strength.                                                                                                                   But we want to tell you how often we know you put aside what you want to do for the sake of our family. You show how going to our game is more important than your golf, or going to see us in the class play gets priority over going fishing. Even when you correct us, it is not that you don’t love us but that you are helping form our character to become the person God wants us to be.  We may complain about chores but later in life we will thank you that we learned what is necessary to live on our own.                                                                                     By your example, we see that serving God is the outflow of a life centered in the Lord. We note that you take time to be with Him, and when we see you praying at your desk, it makes us feel safe and protected and loved. When we are tempted to go astray, we know you will pray and help us find our way back.    So dad, on this Father’s Day we applaud you, we honor you as our first teacher in life who taught us what it means to be loved and cherished and known by the Lord.  We thank you for protecting us and guiding us and teaching us the most important things in life.
Challenge for today: Thank the Lord for the father he gave you and all that you learned from him to prepare you for life. 
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy