Dear Ones,
Hope you have a good day and keep cool! We are heading out to Duluth for the day to celebrate our Anniversary and Father’s Day combined. EmojiEmojiEmoji 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
It’s the little things that count! Isn’t it true that often it is the casual comment that someone gives us that can make the difference in our lives and to give us hope. Maybe we are going through a dark time of testing and a word spoken to us at the time or a deed of kindness is used to help us see light at the end of the tunnel.                                                                                                                                                                                                         One of our friends here at Northern Lakes is a kind welcoming person who is always ready to help others. But recently she went through a difficult time with several health concerns and just feeling terrible. Every day she had a severe headache etc. and she went to the Doctor who tried to find the cause of her symptoms. The Doctor sent her to several specialists and it took some time but after taking her off insulin, adjusting medications etc. she looks and feels fine now. At her last appointment she told her doctor how much she appreciated her for giving back her life and how wonderful she felt now. The Doctor never gave up but persisted in helping her and our friend was so grateful. The Dr. went out of the room and when she came back, she told our friend, “You will never know how much your comment meant to me. You made my day!”   Of course, we don’t know what was going on in the life of her doctor, but that day she needed to hear that she was making a difference.                                                                                                                                                                                               Not long after when I went to my audiologist, who spent about 50 minutes going over my case. I am aware that doctors usually spend only 15 minutes or so between patients, so I also shared with her how grateful I was for her thoroughness and caring. Sometimes we don’t know if our words make a difference, but we are to speak as we are led.                                                                                                                               The Holy Spirit wants to fill us and use us to show God’s love and kindness to others. Jesus gave us a command to love others as we do ourselves (Mark12:31), so we not only receive His love, but we also pour it out to others. He desires us to live intentionally and be open to ways of blessing others by our words and actions. It could be only a smile to a distressed person or sharing what we have with someone in need. But when we feel prompted by the Holy Spirit, let us obey.  
Challenge for today: Be alert to how God wants to use you today and follow through.    
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy