Dear Ones,
Hope you are enjoying the weekend and time to get refreshed. Kurt and Bo came by this morning so we got to hear about their time at the Silver Chateau. God’s timing was perfect as they just finished painting th cabin before the snow and rain came.  After they left I went to Women’s Bible study at church on the book of I Timothy. We enjoy our afternoon walks but yesterday was windy and cool and not another soul on the Paul Bunyan! 
Devoitons from Judy’s heart
Our God isn’t a God that is hiding from us and doesn’t want to be found; He wants us to know Him and to seek His will in our everyday lives. But we are often unsure of His will, especially in the big decisions we have to make, like who we are to marry, are we to move or take a new job or go to the mission field etc. They are important decisions that may influence the direction of our lives in a certain way, and we at times are left feeling anxious.
But as I was reading Ann Spangler’s devotional book, she brings up the point that we are often more motivated by fear than wanting to glorify God. We might want to be in control of the future so we can find success rather than achieving God’s purpose. That seems to be more about us just trying to find a comfortable life, rather than asking, “Am I doing your will, O Lord?”  Spangler also asks the question if there is more than one way to do God’s will; or is there only one choice and God plays hide and seek with us?  No, the Lord wants to be found! He wants to reveal His will to us.
Perhaps there are many ways the Lord achieves His purpose and we are not always sure of what that is. Like we studied in our S.S. class on Sunday morning about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they weren’t sure if the Lord was going to deliver them from the fiery furnace of if their lives would be spared. But they said in Daniel 3:17-18 (ESV), If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O King, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” God is sovereign and even though they didn’t know what God was going to do they trusted. Either way they were in God’s hands and He would get the glory.
When we are faced with decisions and pray, sometimes the Lord simply closes the door like a job opening that someone else receives. We may be disappointed at the time but later look back and see He has led us on a better path. So let us not get stressed when we are seeking His will but know He will provide us with just the right guidance that we need.
Challenge for today: Seek His will in your life and ask that your life would bring glory to Him.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy