Devotions from Judy’s heart

Isn’t it wonderful when we can live simply? We find we are at peace and content with whatever comes our way; and we are thankful for what we have and know that we don’t need more to be happy. That is freedom in simplicity! Think of what Adam and Eve had in the Garden of Eden before they wanted more. Life was so beautiful and simple and yet they thought they needed to know more and ate of the tree of life. That resulted in a big change to their lives as they were ushered out of the garden. When we look at what others have and think we need more and more, life becomes complicated and messy. But when we have gratitude for what we have been given, we can lay back in peace. Our biggest problem is our self. We want to keep feeding it, giving into its desires and we become self-absorbed. We may also feel we have to do more and more and soon we may be addicted to activity and it is go, go, go and do, do, do!  But if we choose to simply love God more and are willing to die to ourself, life becomes simple again and there is a calmness even in the midst of adverse circumstances we may be going through. When we surrender and rest in God’s hand, we can live in the present moment and have His grace and strength for whatever comes. None of us know what that will be, only God has it mapped out and knows the future. But we can trust Him and be restful before Him. Doesn’t that take a load off of us for it is prideful that we would even think we can control our lives anyway. We may also find we have less words as we become quiet and listening to what the Lord has to say rather than trying to make things happen. Let us live simply and enjoy each moment. As it says in Isaiah 26:3 (Amplified), “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind (both inclination and its character) is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” Challenge for today: Live simply and celebrate where God has you right now.Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy