Dear Ones,
Hope you will have a good day! We are leaving this morning and excited to go to Troutman, N.C. to see our son’s family. We had a fun day yesterday as we traveled to Corbin, Kentucky and found a nice motel that had an indoor pool with a glass ceiling and door open to a sun patio. We loved it and read outside for a while and enjoyed a long refreshing swim. What a nice surprise. We appreciate your prayers, especially as we drive in heavy traffic, and try to be safe from the virus. Thank you!
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Our hearts are filled with excitement as we look forward to seeing our grandsons later today, for the first time in a year. Due to COVID we have not made our usual fourteen hundred mile -trips to N.C. to see Mark’s family and we have been lonesome for them.  I have some prizes wrapped and games planned but the best thing will be just being together. When I awoke this morning, my thoughts were on heaven and how we should have great anticipation for what awaits us some day.  Maybe it is because we saw my aunt this week who is preparing for her homecoming. Even now the Lord is making preparations for that day when we will all join Him along with our loved ones who know Him. We can’t even imagine what it will be like. Our time on earth is so short and we are like a passing shadow or a mist that appears for a short while.  David expressed it in his prayer in Psalm 103: 15-16(ESV), “As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it now more.” In light of eternity, our time on earth is like a blink of the eye. Why do we spend so much time focusing on temporal things if we really believe we have an eternity with the Lord?  We must remember that when we go through hard times here on earth, for it is only temporary. We may not have a mansion here but we have one in glory; we may not be important in the eyes of this world but we are the “apple of His eye. The Apostle Paul tells us in II Cor. 4:17-18 (The Message), “These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebrations prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.” Let us anticipate that wonderful day that is coming and live today close to Him and our loved ones.
Challenge for today: Do something today that has eternal benefits. 
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy