Devotions from Judy’s heart 
God can speak to us in the most unexpected times, through the most unexpected people, in the most unexpected ways. I marvel at the people in scripture that God used to accomplish great things and yet read later how they blew it. Somehow that is reassuring to all of us, that even when we fail, God can restore us, and use us for His kingdom in mighty ways. None of us are perfect; we all disappoint God, others, and ourselves with behavior that is not reflective of those who know the Lord. We often have to admit we fail and are so imperfect in loving others as we may yell at our kids, show impatience to those around us, gossip, wish the worst on our enemies etc.  Our pastor has been preaching about King David recently and though David killed the giant with a smooth stone, led armies to great victories, he also committed adultery and had innocent people killed; but yet He was called a man after God’s own heart. So amazing!! That in itself is a living parable of God’s grace to us after we have failed miserably and need forgiveness; yes, He can still use us as His instrument of blessing to others. I love being in groups where people can be vulnerable and admit their struggles. God uses even their confessions to bring a message to our hearts of His forgiveness and grace. I have been blessed over the years as God has given me a friend or a caring group in most every one of our churches that I could be real with and share my own struggles and need for prayer. Perhaps we get surprised at those whom God uses to speak a word to us that hits the intended target. At times He may use even a child but the message is clear. Let us respond and as it says in James 1:19 (Amplified), “Understand (this), my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear (ready listener), slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.” No matter how He speaks to us or through whom He may use, let us listen to His voice and go His way.
Challenge for today: Be open to those around you whom God is using to speak a message to you.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy