Dear Ones,
  Hope you are having a good day and one of peace. I did some packing this morning and went to my exercise class. This afternoon we have someone coming to our craft class with ideas and all the makings for us to create several cards. We leave very early tomorrow morning for Kurt’s in Olathe, Kansas, where we will spend the weekend and see Lily play soccer.Emoji 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  Every morning I start my day by praying that the Lord would speak to me; that I would hear his voice and that He would give to me what He wants me to write. Yesterday I read from a devotional about worry, and I thought of how I have written on that subject before. But then I went to my computer and there was a second devotional on worry and then followed a third one. So, I guess worry is something that needs to be addressed as we all have to guard against it. 
   The Lord wants to free us of becoming anxious and worried, so we can experience His wonderful peace. He told his disciples in Luke 12:22-23 (ESV), “Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” Mark Robert from Fuller Seminary wrote that in Jesus’ day they probably had more to be concerned about than we do today. They were poor and lived under Roman rule and taxed heavily. They had no safety net to help them. Life expectancy was estimated to be 35 years old. But we can come up with our own list of things we might worry about, like our children, our world, illnesses, finances etc. Right now, we have concern for good friends who have covid, and so we pray and give them to the Lord and leave it in His capable hands.
   Worry happens when we leave the Lord out of the picture and think we are on our own. It also puts us in a future mode of concern over things that may never happen; and even if they did, we will be given grace at the time and not before it happens. When we worry, it doesn’t change the outcome and our anxiety sets our imagination into motion of all the terrible things that could result.
  We should pay attention to what things cause us anxiousness because it is like a red light that shows up on our dash board to let us know something is not right. It is a warning perhaps of something we have not given to the Lord and need to surrender to Him. When that alarm goes off, we need to go to prayer and turn our worries over to Him in trust.
    Challenge for today: The next time you become worried, stop and pray!
    Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy