Dear Ones,
Hope you are having a relaxing weekend. It has cooled off now and nice to have our door to the balcony open again. Today I am cleaning and doing food prep and Ann may come later. Tomorrow is Rally Sunday, so we are all eating dinner at church and having games and a dunk tank in which Pastor is the lucky one! 
Devotions from Judy’s heart
  We are to be reflectors of the glory of God and letting His light shine through us. While at the lake a one Sunday morning I was sitting on the bed meditating and looking out the French doors on the lake. I saw the shimmering waves that were reflecting the boat resting on the lift that was held just a bit above the water. I thought of how the image in the water was the exact replica of reflection to what was above it. In this case it was the boat.
   But what about our lives? Is it not what is in our hearts what gets reflected to others? It says in Proverbs 27:19, “As in water face reflects face; so the heart of man reflects man.” We may try to put on a good outward front but what shows up in the reflection of the water is what is real and in our hearts. A loon may be swimming out from the dock but only the boats imagine will be reflected as it is right beneath the lift. Likewise, we can be reflectors of His glory in our lives the more we let Him transform us. We have been given the Holy Spirit to help us change and it is an ongoing experience of daily saying yes to the Spirit and no to our own selfish ways. As it says in the Message translation in II Cor. 3:18, “Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of His face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.”
  It is most beautiful to see others who are not giving in to the culture, but want to seek to know the Lord in deeper ways. Rather than settling for shallowness they go on to know the depths of God. Let us lay aside all those things that hinder our relationship with Him, and like the song that Albert Osborn wrote be true of our desire. “Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me/ All His wondrous compassion and purity;/ O thou Spirit Divine, All my nature refine/ ‘Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.”
Challenge for today: Ask the Lord to make you a beautiful reflector of His glory by your very life.
Blessings on your weekend and prayers and love, Judy