Dear Ones,
Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I had such a blessed Mother’s Day seeing friends at our former church, steak dinner at the lake with Ann’s family and games and fun. This morning I went to Aldi’s to stock up and to my exercise class. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Maybe we think what we have to offer God is so small and won’t make a difference. When we observe others, who appear to be important and influential, we may look down on our own lives and feel they fade in significance. We may ask ourselves if who we are and what we do in this life matters in the long run.  But though we may live simple lives, God uses us to touch others and at times a deed we do makes all the difference in the life of another. I think of the little boy who was willing to give his 5 little loaves and 2 fish to the Jesus, how it was multiplied and fed 5,000 people. Or I think of the little girl that danced before Jesus just yesterday.  Al preached at our former church and friends were there with their two beautiful adopted daughters dressed up like little princesses in white frilly dresses. During worship when the music began, Alexandra who is around 4 years old just raised her arms up and down, and began dancing, keeping in rhythm with the music. At times she danced on her toes and twirled around in circles and seemed to have no idea that others were watching her. I was struck by the beauty of her lack of self-consciousness and being able to just do as she felt in her spirit. What I really wanted to do was to go over to her and take her hand and bring her upfront so that others could be blessed by the freedom of this little girl. I have prayed often to be free of self-consciousness and when I see such displays of being uninhibited it touches me deeply. This little girl made a difference and she was not even aware. It reminded me of the words in the song, I Can Only Imagine. “Surrounded by your glory what will my heart feel/ Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still in your presence/ or on my knees will I fall/ Will I sing hallelujahs/ will I be able to speak at all.” I suspect there are many different ways we respond to Jesus and others often witness Him in our lives. It may not be in some big dramatic way, but in simple living out our love for Him, maybe even dancing! Let us not be inhibited by what others think but do what is in our hearts. As I read in Hebrews 13:20 this morning, “May this God of peace prepare you to do every good thing He wants. May He work in us through Jesus Christ to do what is pleasing to Him. Glory belongs to Jesus Christ forever. Amen.”
Challenge for today: Ask the Lord to use you to make a difference in your world.
Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy