Dear Ones,
Happy weekend! So glad for all the rain and we may get more today. I just cleaned the apartment and thankful to feel good today, although I may have to put up with a drippy nose for some time.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  It seems today that we have a culture that is obsessed with self and decisions are made by asking ourselves, “What is best for me?” Children in grade school are told they can be anything they want to be and when they get older the message is to follow their heart. But is that advice really true and does it agree with scripture? Probably not. It seems more is written in the Word about forgetting self and thinking of others and letting the Lord increase and we decrease!                           I read what Emily Rose Massey wrote about her experience of following her heart, rather than God. She made decisions based on her emotions and what the people around her thought and not necessarily what God had for her. It did not produce joy and she became depressed and never did become a famous actress like she had dreamed. One day she became aware of her selfishness and repented and discovered the importance of following what God had for her life. She was changed as she spent time with the Lord and in the Word and submitted to Him. Instead of becoming a movie star and going to Hollywood the Lord showed her His plan and led her to a godly man who became her husband.                                                                               When we live for ourselves and follow our own self-centered desires, we will miss out God’s perfect plan for our lives. Our heart can be deceitful and as wise King Solomon said in Proverbs 4: 23, “Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it.” God’s vision for our lives will supersede anything that we can imagine.  He has the power to fulfill our destiny and we can trust Him with all our heart, rather than leaning on what we think is best. If we acknowledge Him in all our ways, He will direct us in His most perfect way. ( Proverbs 3:5-6). I read today that we should “Be so confident in God’s plan that you don’t even get upset anymore when things don’t go your way!” Let us follow God’s way rather than trying to control our own life or letting others control us.
Challenge for today: Open wide your heart to the Lord and seek what He has planned for your life!
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy