Happy All Saints day. Just found some cookies on our door knob to celebrate the day. I made apple crisp and we are going to have a new couple here for coffee early this afternoon. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
I think friendships are made in heaven and they are one of the most valued and precious gifts. True friendship can’t be bought or even sought, but received from the Lord who brings us together with special people for His purposes and to enhance His joy in our lives. I am blessed as a pastor’s wife that we have lived in many places and each time the Lord has given me special friends that I can be real with, pray with and especially share Him with. Just the other day, as I was leaving our apartment, I noticed a card taped to our door. When I opened it, I was touched by beautiful words from a friend in our apartment complex that I had just taken shopping with me and had a fun time together. I thanked her and the Lord, for I believe God has special things to impart to us through those he sends our way. Later down getting my mail was a new gal who has recently moved here and eager to get acquainted. We invited her and her husband for coffee today and who knows if God has something special in this relationship too. We never know but we need to treasure those that God puts into our lives and receive the gifts He imparts to us through them. But of course, the greatest friendship ever, is our friendship with the Lord who knows us, is always there for us, takes us as we are, wants the best for us, and loves us through and through. We must not take Him for granted but spend time with Him each day and seek to know Him greater depth.  In John 15 Jesus tells us to make ourselves at home in His love and in verses 12-15 (The Message) says, “Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.” Isn’t it neat that Jesus, the One who sacrificed everything for us, should call us His friends? Let us respond by loving Him, listening to Him, obeying Him, and reaching out to love others as well.
Challenge for today: Thank the Lord for old friendships but be open to the new ones He also sends.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and much love to you both. May you have a good night. love, Judy