Dear Ones,
Hope you are having a peace filled day. I baked cookies and Al and I went through old pictures, letters etc. and threw lots out.  You will get a devotional about that today and maybe tomorrow you will something Al wrote to me so long ago. This afternoon I am going to make cards with several others here in our building. 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Yesterday Al and I brought home a trunk load of memories from the days before we were even married. Some years ago, we put all our love letters, announcements, pictures etc. in a big old trunk and stored it in the garage at the lake but now it was time to deal with the contents since we have moved. Al and I met at a Bible School in CA and had a four-year courtship before we could get married. (during nurses training we weren’t allowed to get married or it meant getting kicked out.) We wrote lots of letters to one another as we were often separated and I must have been about 19 or so when I wrote the following to him. “For the Spirit that God gave us is no craven spirit, but one to inspired strength, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, but take your share of suffering for the sake of the gospel in the strength that comes from God. It is he who brought us salvation and called us to a dedicated life, not for any merit of ours but of his own purpose and His own grace.” (II Tim 1:7-9) As I was reading Paul’s words to Timothy, I saw the strength that is ours in the Lord. He has given us His Spirit that inspires us to strength, love, and self-discipline, for this power is not in ourselves but only through Him who is so great and far above us. And when I came to the word dedicated, I always have to stop and examine my own life and heart. We are to be dedicated to Christ for a purpose that doesn’t lie in ourselves but to glorify God. I pray that God’s purpose and will may be fulfilled in my life and that I may not fail my Savior.” I go on to say how I thanked the Lord for such a wonderful godly guy whose love in the Lord we shared. We have stacks of letters and most of them are 6 or more pages long, but in the sharing of the Lord, our relationship was built on a solid foundation and just keeps getting better. We pray that for young people today to base their relationship on the Lord!
Challenge for today: Share your love for the Lord with a younger person who God puts in your life.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy