Dear Ones,
Hope you had a wonderful weekend and got refreshed and refueled for the week. We enjoyed watching the Vikings game yesterday and win in the last seconds of the game.Emoji This morning I plan to do food prep and go to my exercise class. Yesterday was so windy we had to walk in the underground. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
   Sometimes it is hard to hear the Lord when the noise of the world seems to be blaring in our ears. We can get confused and disorientated and make wrong decisions when we are not hearing God’s voice correctly. There are times we need to just go apart, get quiet and ask the Lord to speak to us and help us to hear.
    Periodically, the guys from the lawn service show up where we live to clear around our courtyard. Not just one person but 4 or 5 and they all start their machines and leaf blowers and have them going all at once. The noise gets so loud that it is deafening, and Al puts on earplugs and attempts to continue studying. I tried to make a phone call and had to go in another room as it was impossible to hear the person. It’s hard to think and we can hardly wait for the workers to leave.
   Sometimes we may feel bombarded by the enemy and it seems like he tries to confuse our thinking and disrupts our thoughts of the Lord. It may cause us to doubt and bring fear to us and discouragement. We see that in scripture how the enemy uses many tactics to cause our faith to waver and for us to even freeze in our tracks and not be able to move forward.
   But God is greater and His power is without limit and when we feel the enemy coming down on us, we need to cry out for the Lord’s help. I think of David when he faced the giant who he was no match for him in the natural. He simply told Goliath, “You came to me with the sword and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, who you have defiled.” Now David had experienced tight situations before when he killed a bear and Lion, while tending his sheep. He had seen God’s power and was not terrorized by the enemy but spoke boldly. He only needed one smooth stone to fell Goliath and then cut off his head with the giant’s own sword.
   Sometimes when we feel bullied by the enemy, we just need one scripture, or one memory of a past victory, to buoy up our faith and to know that God is so much more powerful. As it says in I John 4:4 (ESV), “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” 
   Let us not let down our faith when the enemy is making all kinds of noise and trying to trip us up, but let us overcome as we speak the Word of God, and stand firmly in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Challenge for today:  Memorize I John 4:4 and when confused by the noise of the enemy, speak it aloud.
Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy