Dear Ones,
Hope you had a wonderful weekend! It was good to be back to worship at our church again. I got our favorite bars made and individual egg dishes and went to Aldi’s to stock up this morning. This afternoon it’s off to the Dollar Store! 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
We are to be lovers of truth and Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.  I think we all have had experiences of people who talk a good talk but later find out it was all a lie. It makes us feel violated and it’s hard to trust again. I grew up never doubting that my parents would spell out the truth for they knew the Lord and were honest. I’m sure that was the same for many of you; we also had others that we looked up to that were people of integrity. But what has happened to our culture today as truth seems to be relative, and people make up their own truth?  Ron Rolheiser writes about the frightening eroding of truth in our culture. Two plus two is no longer four but whatever you want it to be. He said the truth that anchors our sanity is becoming unmoored. When we refuse to acknowledge the truth but continue to perpetuate the lie, eventually we believe our own lies and see them as the truth and the truth as a lie. Satan is the father of lies and loves to sow his seeds of untruths to cause us to doubt God’s love for us. It’s so sad to hear of people who have believed lies for a good share of their lives and have felt unloved, thinking no one cares. One mom was only protecting her daughter from her abusive husband, but the enemy sowed lies in her daughter’s heart leaving her feeling no one cared for her. Lying is dangerous when we lie to ourselves or when others lie to us, for it blocks our relationship with God. But we have been given the truth of scripture and can rely on God to be consistent and worthy of our trust. We are to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Jesus said in John 8:32 (The Message), “If you stick with this living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” We need to live in reality and pray as David did in Psalm 25, by asking the Lord to take us by the hand and lead us down the path of truth. Let us be done with untruths and seek to be taught truth and live truth.
Challenge for today: Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal lies you have been believing and seek to live in truth.
Blessings on your week and prayers and love, Judy