Dear Ones,
Hope you are enjoying the weekend. We are getting the needed rainy here to help green things up, but  also means we will be walking inside today. This morning I cleaned the apartment and made stroganoff and stir fry veggie dish. Also, took out the summer jackets and put away most of the winter ones, but not all!  Emoji
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Often during the day, the Lord may have a divine appointment for each of us, and we have a decision to make if we will go along with it, or if we will simply carry on doing our own thing. But when we let go of our own will and embrace His, we find that there are so many blessings in store. Al and I walk the Paul Bunyan trail every day and sometimes people stop us to make conversation. Usually it is short, but other times we sense it is a God encounter. Not long ago, we greeted a man and his wife whom I have written about before, as I confessed to you that I misjudged him always walking ahead of his wife and doing most of the talking. But later found out she has memory issues and has a hard time communicating, so this works best for them. It seems like each time we met them on the trail, we visit a little longer and yesterday we actually did our walk with them. It had to be slower but afterwards, I said to Al, “Surely this was a divine appointment.” We shared together our faith stories and were blessed as we saw His hand in their lives. As we walked along they marveled at how God is so evident in nature and the surroundings where we walked. As David said in Psalm 8:1 (ESV), “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.” The man told stories of his father who was such a godly man and his influence on his life. He told us how Job 12:7-13 has been speaking to him of how we can be taught by nature what God has done and behold His wisdom. In fact, he pulled out his phone and read the scripture to us as well. His wife was once a very capable doctor in charge of a whole department at the hospital but now not able to practice. He said life has struggles but that they would get through this too with God’s help. We parted as they went to their car to go home, but our hearts were uplifted and we hope our time together was an encouragement to them as well. If we would have done our brisk walk as usual, we would have missed His blessing for us. Let us not rush through life but be open to all that God has for us each day, even if it means changing our agenda.
Challenge for today: Ask the Lord to help you be aware His divine appointments that He has for you each day.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy