Dear Ones,
Hope you wake up to a day of peace and joy!
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  For Mother’s Day I got a card from my surrogate son whom I have known for many years. His parents are with the Lord, and I am blessed he has chosen me to be his surrogate mom. In his card were the words of Frederick Meyer that spoke to me: 
   “Joy is peace dancing. Peace is joy resting.”
  Can’t you just visualize freely dancing with a heart of peace or sitting restfully in quiet with the Lord as joy overflows in your heart? I love that picture and sometimes I feel like that as I sit by the lake with the sun shining down on me and no one else around except the Lord.
   We may wish every day was like that but we get bogged down with schedules and cares of life and our peace gets squeezed out by stress. However, our peace is not dependent on perfect circumstances but in the person of Jesus who is our peace. And because He is our peace, we have deep joy that does not fade when things are less than ideal
  Maybe we worry about what the uncertain future holds but instead we need to put our gaze on the One who holds the future Just as it says is Prov. 3:5 (AMP), “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” We can live in peace and joy and not fear if we are trusting in the Lord. As a few lines of John Greenleaf Whittier’s song goes:
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
 May we experience the beauty of His peace and overflow with His joy a we lean into Him.
 Challenge for today:Trust and be confident in Him and let His peace and joy take over your day!
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy