Dear Ones,
Happy weekend to you! Hope you have a chance to enjoy this mild beautiful weather. This morning  I made a pot of chicken soup that I shared, and Peach crisp which we are going to have with our friends from Church on the Paul Bunyan trail. We are going to find a picnic table and enjoy after “church” time fellowship. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
How well do we grow older as God’s children? I pondered that today as I read from Psalm 92:12-14 (The Message), “Good people will prosper like palm trees, grow tall like Lebanon cedars; transplanted in God’s courtyard. They’ll grow tall in the presence of God, lithe and green, virile still in old age.” The ESV version says that the righteous will still bear fruit in old age and are full of sap and green. That sounds positive rather than those who say life is simply all downhill! Whether we are a child, young adult, middle-aged, elderly, or very aged, we are all getting older; but there are opportunities in each segment of our lives and we can be fruitful until our last breath.
We don’t need to bemoan the fact there are some exciting things we are not of age to do yet, or that we are too old to do those things that we could formerly do with ease. Maybe we can no longer jog or lift weights, or be CEO of a company, but we may be able to give of our means to help the poor, send encouraging cards to those struggling, watch spiritual podcasts, spend time in prayer and worship etc.
We only get to live life once and let us strive to live it well, without missing the opportunities God puts in front of us. The Bible says that our days are like grass and will soon pass away but God’s love is everlasting on those who fear Him.
I’m sure we can all think of things we wish we would have done in our yesterdays but we don’t need to dwell on that. We can ask forgiveness for the wrongs we have done and then focus on what is for today and for the future. Let us not be content to stay in our present stage of life but continue growing into the next stage, ever drawing closer to the Lord.
As Christians, this life is only the prelude and the best is yet to come. We have an eternity with the Lord where we will never wither but have the most glorious future.
Let us live each day well, and to be fruitful and spiritually virile.
Challenge for today: Seek out a person older than you and ask them to share an experience of growth in their life.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy