Dear Ones,
May you sense the Lord’s presence with you today. This morning I am going to make zucchini cake and go to my exercise class and this afternoon is crafts and Bible Study tonight. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
I love the Psalms and they are about real people who have real problems without any sugar coating, and they go on to say that real help comes from the Lord. It should not surprise us that Christians have troubles like everyone else but we have no cause to be without hope for we have a Helper who is by our side through everything that comes our way.

I was reading from Psalm 124 today and it is a song that was sung by the Jewish people on their way to Jerusalem for a festival. I can only imagine how many problems that they may have had in their life but notice a few words of what they sing. “If God hadn’t been for us when everyone went against us, we would have been swallowed alive by their volent anger…We would have lost our lives in the wild, raging water. Oh, Blessed be God! He didn’t go off and leave us…God’s strong name is our help, the same God who made heaven and earth.”

 We note that God is not unaware of what we are going through, and He did not promise us a life without struggles, but He assures us of His presence and help in absolutely all our circumstances. I think of our dear friend, Connie, who is head of Transformed by Love Ministries and one who I have asked you to pray for several times. She has been through so much and has passed the 50 day mark from her transplant and labs improved etc. Her daughter writes of her and says, ”Mom used all of the recent good news to fuel her soul and strengthen her to speak at Sister’s in Christ last Sunday. She did more than amazing, and I do not doubt she touched the hearts of everyone in that church. She is definitely God’s little girl, and will continue to trust Him, follow Him and praise Him every day no matter what struggle she goes through. It is because of this, she has gone through this journey the way she has!” Connie is a person who experiences God with her in the raging waters and knows He has kept her afloat.
Challenge for today: Thank the Lord for the many times He has been with you through hard times in your life and when given the opportunity share with someone else.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy