Dear Ones,
Happy Weekend to you! Looks to be a beautiiful day. I studied and did some food prep this morning and took a quick trip to Costco. This afternoon I am going to bake chix soup and maybe a tript to Kohl’s. Enjoyed the Gala last night so much and we had a table for couples all from Northern Living. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  How wonderful it is to behold a changed life and to know that it is a miracle that only God could do! You can think of your own scenario, of what would entail a miracle but what I saw last night was multiple miracles that all glory goes to the Lord.
  We went to a Gala for Teen Challenge last night and heard a wonderful program by the men who have been held captive to addictions of various drugs and many who have been in prison and served time, lost their families etc. Teen Challenge may have been their last resort, if the judge let them choose between life behind bars and rehab at Teen Challenge. We heard their stories and the horror of all they suffered as they went through detox etc; but then came the wonder of getting their lives straightened out as they committed themselves to the Lord. All of the men giving testimony gave the credit to the Lord, knowing they couldn’t do it on their own. Some men were blessed as they got their wives and children back again and some were able to work for Teen Challenge after they graduated for they understand the struggle to get free of addictions. As they sang in the choir and gave glory to God, we all rejoiced with them and felt like standing up and cheering.
  None of us should let the enemy hold us back from what the Lord has for our lives. The only way we can defeat the enemy is in the power of the Lord. If we are going through a battle, we must not give up. Or if our loved ones are caught in the web of the enemy, we must pray and use all our spiritual weapons to stand with them, and pray that they get set free. Some have to try it all on their own before they discover that they can’t do it themselves but must surrender to the Lord.
  As it says in II Chron. 20:15 and 17 (Message), ”Don’t be afraid; don’t pay any attention to this vandal horde. This is God’s war, not yours…..Just stand firm….and watch God’s saving work for you take shape, Don’t be afraid, don’t waver. March out boldly tomorrow—God is with you.” Let us remember if we humbly ask for God’s help when we go through any kind of struggle, God will fight for us and He always wins!
  Challenge for today: When you feel the enemy bearing down on you, look to Jesus and His strength, recognizing the battle is His. He will change your life!
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy