Dear Ones,
Hope your day is full peace! More snow than when we went to bed and wonder if I will get to my class or Aldi’s today. I love baking when shut in, and Al is only too happy to sample everything.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Why do some people seem to have a life of ease even though they don’t honor the Lord; and then there are others who love and serve the Lord and seem to have so many trials in life? I thought of a family who loves the Lord and has been through so many trials, but they don’t give up. They persevere and go on and are a witness to us all!

 When winds of adversity come to us and try to knock us over, we need a good root system.  As I take in the view out my window, writing to you, I look out on a courtyard with many trees. Some are strong and have deep roots and will withstand weather of all kinds; others whose roots don’t go deep will not be able to remain standing in stormy times. Trees need to press hard and tap into deep water if they want to be times of drought. The same goes for us. We need to be deeply rooted in the Lord if we are to stand when the going gets rough in our lives.

Especially during this Lenten season, we think of the Lord who endured so much and suffered more than any of us ever will. It is hard to watch movies depicting Jesus being whipped, spit upon, mocked, and crucified for he not only took it, but He endured it with joy. As it says in Heb. 12:2-3: “We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith. He saw the joy ahead of Him, so He endured death on the cross and ignored the disgrace it brought Him. Then He received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God. Think about Jesus, who endured opposition from sinners, so that you don’t become tired and give up.” Jesus began and finished the race we are in, and He never lost sight of where He was headed, so He put up with everything along the way.

We are never to quit but to keep our eyes on Jesus. No matter what we go through in this life, we are not to feel sorry for ourselves and drop out and quit. Often, we do not understand why difficult things are happening to us, but like Job let us trust God and not lose heart or give up. We have a glorious future awaiting us and so let us persevere in faith!

Challenge for today: Let go of those things that distract you from the Lord and keep your eyes on Him and persevere!
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy