Dear Ones,
  Happy weekend to you! It is especially happy as Bill who we have all been praying for, goes home early today with his new kidney. All is going well and we thank the Lord. This morning I cleaned the apt. and made chili and cookies. Tomorrow we go to a funeral in Remer and a wedding in Brookston so need to do get ready for that. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  We all go through storms in life and times when we wonder, how long oh Lord. We wish for peaceful times and for days that are calm and without stress. But no matter how long there is darkness and storms, we can lean into the Lord and find hope.
   I just finished the book of Habakkuk and read how the prophet knew that his country was going to be invaded by Babylonia but he remained confident in the Lord. He said even if the crop fails and fields don’t produce, and no cattle in the stalls etc. yet he will rejoice in the Lord, He says, “The sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.” (Hab. 3:19)
   No matter what we go through, we can be confident also, that we are in the Lord’s hands and He can lift us up to the heights. I want to challenge us when we go through dark times, loneliness and hardship, that instead of getting down, that we praise the Lord as Habakkuk. We don’t always feel like doing that but when we do, we find ourselves getting lifted right out of our pity pits and becoming hopeful and even joyful.
    Almost every time I go in the car alone to church and classes, I worship the Lord in song. I may not feel like that when I put my seat belt on, but by the time I get to my destination, my heart is full and I sense His presence with me. I often start singing the simple worship song, “I worship you Almighty God/ There is none like you/ I worship you O Prince of Peace/ That is what I want to do/ I give you praise for you are my righteousness/ I worship you almighty God/ There is none like you.”
  The enemy hates when we worship the Lord for He knows the Lord will give us hope and confidence in Him who is our Prince of Peace.
  Challenge for today: Find time in your day to worship the Lord and leave your problems in His hands.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy