Dear Ones,
Hope you have a peace filled day. We still have a bit of snow but may soon be all gone. Today I am doing food prep, going to exercise class and crafts, and later Bible Study. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  The world around us is getting darker and fear is in the hearts of so many asking, what is going to happen in the future? Suffering is a reality, and we see on the news, especially in the terrible plight of Israel, what already many are going through. I turned to read from Psalm 130 today and the Psalmist says what many of the people must feel. “Help, God—the bottom has fallen out of my life! Master, hear my cry for help! Listen hard! Open your ears! Listen to my cries for mercy.” He is desperate for help and pleads for God’s mercy and that He would hear him. But after expressing his dilemma, he goes on to pray and to wait for what God will say and to do.

  Isn’t that what we should do to handle all of our fears and anxieties? We don’t need to hesitate to tell God exactly what concerns us…how we see the situation without denying our feelings but rather asking Him to listen and to help. As we wait and listen and hope in Him, we can watch for what He will do instead of trying to figure it all out; The Psalmist says we are to be like watchmen that wait for the morning. Those on the wall just waited and watched and knew that morning would come eventually but at times must have seemed like a long wait. Our grandson works security at the Viking Practice Facility and has to be alert to what is going on around him during his shift. I’m sure at times the hours seem long but he has to be alert and watchful.

  As we put our trust in Him, we can go about our day with confidence that God has got this! He is not indifferent, He cares, and is present with us in our situations. When we know we are not alone, we can go through whatever is before us with the expectation that God will do what He has promised as we wait just like the watchman for the morning. As it says in Is. 26:3, “Perfect, absolute peace surrounds those whose imaginations are consumed with you; they confidently trust in you.”
  Challenge for today: Take Isaiah 26:3 with you today and live in His peace.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy