Dear Ones,
Hope you had a great weekend! Love taking our walks  on these warmer sunny days. I made a big pot of stew and also Choc chip cookies on a stick for church on Sunday. I went to my exercise class this morning and this afternoon we have some errands on the scedule. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Do we live halfheartedly for the Lord or do we give of our whole being to Him? Sometimes we can get bogged down in earthly things and we forget what is really important in life. If our desire is to get ahead and to gain riches, it will soon rob us of a life lived for the Lord’s glory.
Today I was reading about King Amaziah who was king in Jerusalem for 29 years; but sadly, it says of him in II Chronicles 25: 2 (The Message), “He lived well before God, doing the right thing for the most part, but he wasn’t wholeheartedly devoted to God.” He listened to what God had to say to him some of the time, but then ignored him other times and worshiped other gods and burned incense to them. He was later captured by his enemy and killed and all the gold and silver and furnishings of the temple and palace were confiscated. Amaziah lost everything when he served God only part time!
What about us? Do we serve the Lord when it is convenient but then when we may be scorned for our beliefs, we end up going the way of the world? We are to be strong in our faith and not waver but to be wholehearted. The Apostle Paul tells us in I Cor. 15:58 (NRSV), “Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” We are to love the Lord with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength and not turn our hearts to other things. He is to be our focus.
The condition of our heart is so important and that we seek to do what is right for the right reasons. When we want to serve God out of love and also gratefulness for all that He has done for us, our love for Him grows. But if we do things with the wrong motive, it is all in vain.
Let us seek the Lord with all our hearts and live whole heartedly for Him!
Challenge for today: Ask God ot reveal the areas of your life that are not given totally to Him and turn them over to Him.
Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy