Dear Ones,
Hope you are having a good day. Al went to men’s group and I cleaned his office while he was gone and did the blinds and windows  in the L.R. too. I baked cookies and went down for donuts and also made a new recipe we will try for lunch. We have Bible Study here this afternoon and it is a beautiful day for a walk.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
How judgmental are we? Do we criticize others for things we are blind to in ourselves? We need to be people of mercy rather than judgment. We have Jesus words in Matt. 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.  I was reading what Greg Laurie had to say about showing mercy and sorrow over our sins and of others and being compassionate. He said, “The more righteous someone is, the more merciful they will be. The more sinful someone is, the harsher and more critical they will be.” If we are always judging and condemning, it is likely we are not walking close to God and blind to our own faults.
  I received the following response from the question I asked on Tuesday of all of you and this one is humorous and made me laugh out loud but also has a lesson for us on judging.
 “This past March when we were in the RV park in Arizona, I had something happen that made me laugh so hard and I still laugh when I think about it. I was doing our laundry at the RV park when 2 ladies came in to do their laundry. It was just the 3 of us and the one lady was visiting her friend that was actually just down the street from us in the park. I listened to the two talk back and forth. While their washers were still going she asked me if the clothes in 3 dryers were mine as the dryers had stopped. I said no and she said she just doesn’t like when people leave their clothes in the washer or dryer and don’t come back for them. So, she saw a basket by the dryers and put all of the clothes from the 3 dryers in the one basket. Her friend was saying she shouldn’t do that but she said it isn’t right to leave your clothes in the dryer when other people are waiting. Now at this point no one was waiting for the dryers. My clothes were in a couple other dryers and theirs were still washing. Well, a lady came in and all 3 dryers were hers and she said it was fine and took her basket and left. At this point the lady that was complaining about people leaving their clothes, saw one of the metal baskets that you can use to move your clothes from the washer to the dryer had some clothes in it. They were dried and she told her friend that this is just dumb for people to not come back for their clothes so she decided to fold them and put them on a table. Her friend said not to do that but she wasn’t going to listen to her. This whole time this lady had been complaining about people, her friend just kept looking at me and shaking her head.  I am not saying anything. So as the lady starts folding the clothes, she told her friend that this towel looks like hers, her friend said everyone has towels that look alike. Then she said that these pants were hers; she been looking for them for a week now. So long story short these clothes were hers and had been in the laundry room for over a week! At this point I couldn’t hold in my laughter, which isn’t like me at all. But I busted out laughing and couldn’t stop. She just had complained about other people and here she was one of those people. I was glad I was almost done folding my clothes so I could head out of the laundry room.  I still laugh at that!” 
   Challenge for today: The next time you begin judging another, ask the Holy Spirit to show you your own heart.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy