Dear Ones,
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We celebrated last night with a party and dinner for about 25! Fun! I just cleaned the apartment and have S.F. Almond/Craisen bread in the oven. Al is happy!Emoji
Devotions from Judy’s heart
   It is a good thing when reading scripture to sit with it a while and let it speak to us; in the Bible it is called meditating. When we rehearse scriptures over and over again in our minds, rather than quickly reading through a portion and forgetting what it says, we are meditating and absorbing the meaning. It is very much like eating and chewing our food slowly and then digesting it I am a fast eater and I must continually remind myself at meal times to slowly eat rather than rushing through it. Our bodies have a hard time to absorb all the nutrients when we eat fast and don’t chew our food well.
   We are encouraged to meditate on God’s word, to chew on it, to think about it even during the day and night, so we get the deeper meaning of what God is saying to us. I read from several Bibles each morning and often from different translations that help me digest what God is saying to me. When I am in a hurry, I miss some of the nuggets the Lord has for me; you might say I am settling for a egg McMuffin from McDonald’s rather than a delicious breakfast omelet with cinnamon toast and butter etc. I am the one that is getting short changed when I rush.
  Joshua was told by the Lord in Joshua 1:8 (ESV), “This book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all tht is written it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.” The message translation also says in Psalm 1:2 that we should chew on scripture day and night and thrill to God’s Word.
   Let us not just quickly rush through reading the Word but give it our full attention, sit with it, ponder it and let it speak to our hearts. But then we need to act on what we read and do what the Word says, for then we will be successful in God’s eyes.
  Challenge for today: Meditate on a small portion of scripture and let it speak to you throughout your day and act on it.
Blessings on  your weekend and prayers and love, Judy