Dear Ones,
Hope you have a wonderful weekend even if you are getting hit with snow. Our landscape is all white and beautiful this morning.
Today is party day here so Al and I will be going to Costco to get the cake this morning and then celebrating this afternoon. Emoji
Devotions from Judy’s heart
I have been in the book of Romans and reading it in more than one translation and it seems to speak to me in new ways. Paul says lots about cultivating our relationship with the Lord. He also tells us not to impose on others what we believe and how we view things, but to live a life of consistency. How we live speaks volumes without even words.

He reminds us in Romans 15 to step up to the plate in lend a hand to others who are weak and to ask how we can help. Other times we may not be the strong person but one who needs help ourselves. Jesus didn’t avoid those who were sick, downcast and troubled but responded as His Father directed. We are to reach out as well and welcome others into our hearts and lives and express God’s love to them. And in Romans 15:6 (Message) Paul says that when we do this, “Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus!”

I see a lot of that happening where we live as there are people with health needs who feel weak and not able to do everything. But then along comes another person who steps in and meets the need, like taking them to their doctor’s appointment, or staying with them at the hospital, making a meal for them, putting a card on their door, praying for them etc. That’s what we are meant to do, and it means stepping up to the plate when it is not always convenient. We are all surrounded by people with needs, and some needs may be hidden so we need to ask the Lord to open our eyes and to respond as He directs us. Let us be like the Good Samaritan that stopped by the injured man on the road and dressed his wounds and saw to his needs.

Challenge for today: Open your eyes to the needs around you and respond as the Spirit directs you.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy