Dear Ones,
  Good morning! Today is a full day with exercise class and making more Alzheimer’s quilts, Bible Study etc. But I am sending this out early to ask for prayer for our friend Bill who is having a kidney transplant this afternoon at Mayo. He has Amyloidosis and we give thanks for the person who is donating their kidney to him. Prayers appreciated for Bill and the surgeon and for no rejection etc. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
   Have you ever awakened in the night and had a concern come to mind that left you wide-eyed for a while? You might then go through a mental list of the possibilities of how the problem might be solved or you could choose to give that concern to the Lord right then and leave the answer up to Him. The second option is definitely better!
  Recently, I woke up about 2 a.m., and I found myself thinking of a potential problem and was restless and wide awake. And then the words to a simple song came to mind, “Why worry when you can pray/ trust Jesus, He’ll be your stay/ Don’t be like doubting Thomas/ trust fully in His promise/ why worry, worry, worry, when you can pray.” This simple song spoke to my heart and reminded me of what we had learned the day before in Bible Study. We are now in I Peter who was writing to exiles who were scattered and many who were being persecuted. In class we talked about how we have a living hope and we can rejoice even in the midst of our trials and all that is happening around us. Our trust is in the Lord, even when we have no idea what is going to happen in the future.  We have an inheritance that is being kept in heaven for us and our time on earth is just a brief time and only our temporary home. So why worry about these momentary things but instead give them to the Lord.
    I proceeded to pray and gave the Lord my concern and the next thing I knew it was time to get up. I had peacefully fallen back to sleep and the Lord had also given me a dream that I will ponder in the days to come, as well.
   Let us remember where our hope lies for then we don’t have to worry about what is happening now or in the future, for it is all in His hands. Like it says in Lamentations 3:24-25 (ESV), “’The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.’ The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks him.”
  Challenge for today: Then next time a concern comes to mind, tell the Lord you are trusting in Him, who is your Hope! 
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy