Dear Ones,
Hope you are enjoying another beautiful sunny fall day. Today I cleaned and now our house is full of aroma with stew in the pot, and egg dish just out of oven. Kurt stopped by this morning on his way back to Kansas and had a great time at the lake and caught fish too. We plan to go to the lake tomorrow, as I have hair appointment etc. This afternoon I am going to church to help create decorations for our upcoming Women’s gathering. The theme is Contentment in a Restless World. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
What are we doing in our little corner of the world? Are we making a difference and letting our light shine? I am an early riser and each morning I look out from my second story bedroom window and see the breaking of dawn.  Lately I have been noticing that nearly every day, soon after it is light, a woman comes and begins digging and hoeing in a strip of earth between two narrow roads on the other side of our courtyard. She would dig and dig and then take the weeds and throw them on the other side of the road. My curiosity got the best of me and I went outside to find out what she was up to day after day. She simply wanted to create a beautiful space for all of us to enjoy and was planting flowers in the place that had held mostly weeds. I commended her as so many people walk by there and the difference will certainly be very evident. Whatever space the Lord has placed us in, can be made beautiful as we seek to bring glory to Him. Would those around us at the office say we bring a fresh breeze of new ideas and optimism? Or would those at church say we bring encouragement by our uplifting words? Even the smallest things that we do can be like lighting a candle in a dark place. Our changed lives really speak louder than any words that we say. Jesus said in Matt. 5:16 (God’s Word), “In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your father in heaven.” When I was every young, we learned the song at church, “This Little Light of Mine.” We would hold our finger up high and sing about shining our light around our neighborhood, not letting Satan blow it out, and holding it high until Jesus comes. We all must watch that our lights don’t go dim or out but that we shine for Him. Just as most people may never know what my neighbor is doing in the early morning, they appreciate what she has done and all glory goes to the Lord.
Challenge for today: Be a bright light in your corner of the world.
Since I wrote this, I see another gal out my window doing the next strip of land on the other side of the courtyard. Maybe one’s deeds are contagious!
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy