Dear Ones,
Hope your day is full of joy! Al is soon off to men’s group, and I will be going downstairs to get us donuts. I have Chicken Teriyaki in the crockpot, and sweet potato rounds in the oven, so the house is filled with aroma. This afternoon we have Bible Study and tomorrow is party day here.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
How would we describe our life in a few words? Is it rich, full, and joyous or would we say it is hard, dull, and empty? Life is short and we have only one life to live, so it’s important how we live and who we live for. If our life is entered on self, we will be unhappy and empty, craving more things as we seek to fill the void. But if our focus is on the Lord, life is abundant and rich even though our circumstances may be less than ideal.

David’s soul was full of joy and thanksgiving as his heart sings to the Lord in Psalm 103:2-5, “Praise the Lord, my soul, and never forget all the good He has done: He is the One who forgives all your sins, the One who heals all your diseases, the One who rescues your life from the pit, the One who crowns you with mercy and compassion, the One who fills your life with blessings so that you become young again like an eagle.”  Doesn’t that sound almost too good to be true and yet it is. David goes on to say how God makes everything come out right, He’s rich in love, and mercy and grace. What more can we ask or desire?

We must not give up on life, even though there may be big changes and life is no longer the same that we have once known. It is sad when people lose hope and no longer want to live. We can always rest in the fact that, “God’s love, though, is ever and always eternally present to all who fear Him.” (verse17) David shares plenty of reasons for us to not complain about our present life but to praise God for all the things we are so undeserving of. Like the song goes, “Count your blessings/ name them one by one/ count your blessings/ see what God hath done/ count your blessings/name them one by one/ And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done!”

Challenge for today: Spend some time sharing with the Lord how He has blessed you.       Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy