Devotional Archives

  • Seeing with New Eyes

    July 29th, 2015

    Several years ago, I wanted to adopt a more positive attitude in life. Remembering Philippians 4:8, I thought it might help to memorize the verse and try to follow its teaching. But the task still felt overwhelming. Then, I realized I could break down the verse into smaller phrases and ...

  • No Words Needed

    July 28th, 2015

    One of my cousins and I have cabins near each other in a Norwegian forest. Every summer both she and I receive visits from our grandchildren. Her grandchildren are English and do not know how to speak or understand Norwegian. Last summer English-speaking Minna was playing with Norwegian-speaking Lyder. Minna ...

  • A Good Steward

    July 27th, 2015

    The adult education class I was leading had just started with an opening prayer. The topic was stewardship and the use of our time, talents, and treasures. I had decided beforehand to give the next person to enter the room a five-dollar bill as a gift. When the door opened ...

  • Letting Go

    July 26th, 2015

    Several years ago when I changed jobs and moved to a new city, I left behind my young-adult sons. I also said goodbye to many friends I had made over the years. As I was embracing my new surroundings, I was diagnosed with cancer. My health changed dramatically, and my ...

  • My Toys

    July 25th, 2015

    When I was a kid, I was proud of my toy car collection. I loved showing off my latest little metal car to my friends. When I grew up, I thought I was beyond childish behavior. I was wrong. As an adult, I found different reasons to show off: weight ...

  • “Go Back”

    July 24th, 2015

    One rainy day when I was driving home from having visited my sister, I passed a man walking with a backpack. As I drove further down the road, I heard an inner voice say, “Go back and give him a ride.” I felt like God was talking to me. So ...

  • Echoes to Come

    July 23rd, 2015

    During a recent trip, my husband, Tim, and I couldn’t resist calling across the canyon that lay before us. We were delighted to hear our voices come echoing back. This reminded me of the joy I feel when God’s word is regularly repeated in my heart and I apply it ...

  • Hard to Love

    July 22nd, 2015

    Jesus teaches his disciples how to live. In John 15:1-9, he uses the image of a vine and its branches to show his followers the importance of abiding in him and allowing him to live through them. In John 15:10-17, Jesus commands his disciples to love one another and to ...

  • God’s Healing Touch

    July 21st, 2015

    Following my mother’s surgery, I returned to work. I thought her recovery was assured. The next day I learned that she awoke asking for me. But before I could return to her, she unexpectedly slipped into a coma and never woke up. We didn’t get to share a last conversation ...

  • Hear His Voice

    July 20th, 2015

    On a windy fall day, my family and I were spectators at a high school marching band competition. One of the larger bands lost control of its props, which began blowing across the field toward the students who were performing. Some of the students panicked when they were forced out ...