Dear Ones,
Hope you have a glorious day and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. As soon as Al gets through his men’s Soul Care group, we are heading for the lake. But on the way I hope to see my friend at Birchwood for a few minutes and also get my hair done. Then on to enjoy the array of colors of the changing leaves and see family.   
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Success is finding God’s will and following His plan for our lives. Success is not becoming rich and powerful and having a comfortable life but in choosing God’s higher plan for our lives. It may look much different than how the world would view. I was reading Larry Crabb’s book, Waiting for Heaven, and he gives the example of Moses who had power, pleasure, and prosperity for the first 40 years of his life, as the grandson of Pharoah. Others thought he had a mighty bright future but as it says in Heb. 11:24-26, (The Message), “By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff.”  Moses made the choice to choose God’s call on his life over comfort, and waited for a greater reward. He had to persevere through some very tough times, 40 years herding sheep and raising a family, and then 40 more years leading a multitude of Israelites who complained all the way to the Promise Land. That was quite different than the life he would have had in Pharoah’s court, but he is an example of one who could wait to satisfy his own comforts for the reward in heaven. Do we settle for second best and try to get what we want right now, going our own way? Or are we open to what God has for us and willing to do what is on His agenda? Too often we want things now with no waiting! We make demands on God and others to meet our needs and look out for our own interests, thinking it will make us happy. But God has a bigger purpose for us and desires that we come to know Him and share in that same deep love that He has for His Son. When we try to find satisfaction any other way, we will be disappointed. Let us choose to go God’s way even as we wait, for what is ahead for us will be worth it all. Like the song goes, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus…so bravely run the race, til we see Christ.”
Challenge for today: Ask the Lord to give you a thirst to know Him better and to be willing to follow His plan for your life. 
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy