Dear Ones,
Hope you are having a peace-filled day. The view out my window is so gorgeous as several trees are a brilliant red and others orange and golden. In the courtyard there are also pumpkins with faces and names painted on them and wearing hats. This morning I made a choc/almond pie and cleaned the apartment and took chocolate covered raspberries downstairs for coffee time. Tomorrow we are getting company from my childhood days! Emoji
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Don’t we love when people think and see the best in us? Somehow, we can just sense their approval and know they see us through eyes of love and acceptance, and it helps us reach higher. That doesn’t mean we do everything right, but they still believe in us and want us to succeed. Maybe we’ve all had people like that, and it raises the bar for what we feel we could accomplish. I had such an instructor in Nurses training that I felt believed in me and expected more of me than I thought I was capable of. But I worked a little harder so as not to disappoint her and was rewarded. I was reading an article by a journalist, Jessica Brodie, and she brings out how the apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Ephesus, and reminded them of who they were, God’s chosen people! They were endowed with faith and eternal blessings. Paul says in Eph. 1:1 (God’s Word), “To God’s holy and faithful people who are united with Christ in the City of Ephesus.” They were facing persecution and hated by many so Paul reminds them who they are.  In this letter to them he also tells them they are chosen and people of hope. He doesn’t write to straighten them out or warn them but gives encouragement that they have been loyal and steadfast and played well and need to keep it up. Part of his message to the faithful believers was to remember their many blessings, to recall what the Lord had done for them, and to remember whose they were. Isn’t that a good model for us to also encourage one other?  Let us remember to thank Him for what he has done for us already and to be faithful to share Him with others and see the best in them.
Challenge for today: Tell someone else today the good things you see at work in their life.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy