Devotional Archives

  • LOOKING FOR GOD

    July 28th, 2016

    When Moses sent 12 spies to see a land God had promised to give the Israelites, the scouts came back with a unanimous report about what they had seen: This land flowed with milk and honey, but formidable people guarded it. Ten of the spies concluded they should give up ...

  • “I’M HAVING FUN!”

    July 27th, 2016

    I was working in Malaysia, and my parents were missionaries in Sierra Leone — on their last tour before retirement. Then I received news from my father that my mother had Dengue fever and was not expected to live. Her last message to my sisters and me was, “Tell everyone ...

  • BRINGING THE GIANTS DOWN

    July 26th, 2016

    David was a young boy whose job was to protect his flock of sheep from predators. He wasn’t a mighty warrior. But what he lacked in size he made up in faith. Now he was ready to face the biggest challenge of his life so far — a giant. David ...

  • CALMED BY GOD’S WORD

    July 25th, 2016

    After completing a week of intense training sessions, I was anxious to get home. With traffic backed up on the freeway, I had to find an alternate route home. On the way, I began to think about Bible verses that describe the way God cares for us and discovered that ...

  • DIVINE POTTER

    July 24th, 2016

    In the Creation account found in Genesis, chapter 2, God creates humanity from the clay of the earth and breathes into humankind the breath of life. God is the creator and sustainer of all life, and we have within us the image and breath of God. In the book of ...

  • GOD’S WAYS

    July 23rd, 2016

    As I waited for the sales clerk to find my order form, I felt frustrated that my day was slipping away. I still had many tasks to complete within a limited time. A little voice within me said, “Why don’t you pray for the people around you?” I stopped glancing ...

  • A SOLACE FOR THE SOUL

    July 22nd, 2016

    Over 50 years ago in Sunday school I memorized my first Bible verse, Psalm 56:3. The teacher told our small group of children that when we were afraid, it was important to trust God because God cares about us. It was not until many years later that I began to ...

  • STARTING OVER

    July 21st, 2016

    Anytime we start over again, whether it’s a new career or a new way of life, we need to invest a great deal of time and attention if our new path is to be successful. Jesus Christ offers us all a new start, with a special invitation to leave behind ...

  • SPECIAL EVERY DAY

    July 20th, 2016

    Several years ago, when I replaced my worn, tattered Bible with a new one, I decided to try something new. Every day that I read a passage in The Upper Room, I marked the passage and wrote the date in the margin of my Bible. When the passage was especially ...

  • BLEACHED BRIGHT

    July 19th, 2016

    My great-grandmother Eliza Jane emigrated from Ireland in 1888. She had five children, but only two lived to adulthood. In 1901, her husband, James, died of smallpox. Life was difficult for Eliza Jane. The only work she could find to support herself and her children was housework — washing clothes, ...