Dear Ones,
Hope you are having a good day. This morning I made choc bars and shopped and went to my exercise class. This afternoon I have Creative crafts and hope to get to Kohls. I received a prayer request to pass on to you for Donald, an 86 year old man who is having melanoma surgery tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. He has cardiovascular problems also, so please pray for him! 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
I think we would all agree that there is so much darkness in our world and it seems to be getting darker all the time. Things that use to shock us, are getting to be almost common place and even accepted. But that should not be. More than ever, we need the Light of His presence to invade the darkness of our world. Light is important to me and I love light! The first thing I do in the early morning before having my devotions is to open our blinds and watch for the sunrise. We were blessed to have an end apartment so we receive more light because of the extra windows. For a very short time, while in California, we lived in a cottage with overhanging trees that blocked out the light. We had to put the lights on even during the day. When Al got a job at the church a few weeks later, we moved into the top floor of an apartment the church owned and had light on all sides of us. What a difference!   Jesus is the light of the world and He came to dispel the darkness and calls us also to be light bearers. He said in John 8:12 (ESV), “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Those who haven’t received the Lord walk in darkness and we can’t expect them to act like children of light. They are spiritually blind and need to be awakened and gain spiritual sight. Our part is to let our lights shine and God wants His love to shine brightly through us. Let us not be only Sunday Christians that compromise and don’t act any different than those in the world. God is calling us to more, to make a difference, to act different, to have different priorities. He says that we should stand out as stars in this evil world. (Phil. 2:15) Stars are used as navigation tools and light up the sky; they also express God’s power and wisdom. We are called to be stars and light bearers that show the way, bringing peace and hope because of His love that empowers us. Let us not conform to the world but be full of the Holy Spirit, letting His light shine through us.
Challenge for today: Ask the Lord to dust the world off of you and that you would shine brightly for Him.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy