Devotions from Judy’s heart

When Al was gone on Saturday to St. Scholastica, I decided to have my devotional time with the Lord by the wood stove.  As I looked up while sitting in the recliner, I was aghast at how dirty the vaulted ceiling was and the ceiling fan. I don’t know how it escaped my notice but as I reflected, it had been a while since I had tried to clean there. I thought of how we need to deal with the sinful things the Lord reveals to us in our lives. We can’t deal with everything all at once or it would be too much for us. But when we see what needs changing, God’s grace is already there to meet us and we need to act on it. I remember once a friend asked me to pray for her as she wanted to get rid of a bad habit. She had lived with it for some time and wanted to be set free in that area. We prayed and God’s grace was upon her and she said she never had the desire for that bad habit again. Now it is not always that easy, but grace was there and we need to receive that grace when God is putting His finger on things in our lives. Maybe others can see what needs changing even before we do,( like people who may have seen my dirty ceiling)  but when we see we need to act. I went out to the garage and got the long extension pole and cleaned away and afterwards I had to vacuum again. Sometimes our messes affect others too, but how wonderful when we get clean and are freed. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”…..”Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.”  Ps. 51:10 & 12