Devotional Archives

  • True to Yourself

    September 21st, 2017

    I have spent countless hours wondering if I should act, talk, or fix my hair like certain individuals. I see that they are popular, and I think that if I do what they do I will be popular. However, I shortchange myself by not being true to the person God ...

  • Differing Roles

    September 20th, 2017

    Our four grandchildren are blessed to have their other grandparents living close by. They pick them up from school, take them to ball games, and watch them when their parents go out on dates. Since my husband and I live several hours away, we are more the pop-in, pop-out type ...

  • Handwritten Encouragement

    September 19th, 2017

    One day I received a letter from someone who was unknown to me. As I read through it, I found it was regarding an article I wrote that was published in a Christian magazine. Handwritten and four pages long, the letter was from one of my readers. He was 93 ...

  • Alive Again

    September 18th, 2017

    My life was in shambles. Working three jobs, I still couldn’t support my family. I felt like a failure. At home, my sons had drifted into destructive pursuits. My wife and I barely spoke. I felt isolated and alone. At night I would pray to die and awaken disappointed to ...

  • Arm of Protection

    September 17th, 2017

    My grandson, Keagan, thrashed his arms and legs in the pool as he tried to swim. But he made little headway, even with my arm keeping him from sinking. The lifeguard watched my attempt to teach Keagan to swim and made a helpful suggestion, “Get him to swim with his ...

  • Take Courage!

    September 16th, 2017

    Twenty years after I had written my last term paper, I sat looking at a blank sheet of paper and wondered, Am I too old to be in graduate school? Can I really do this? Then I remembered my strong conviction that God had led me to take this class. ...

  • God’s Team

    September 15th, 2017

    My wife and I enjoy college sports. The traditions and strong loyalties appeal to us. In all honesty, when our team is winning, being a loyal fan is easy. Nevertheless, we have lived through the prosperous years and the lean years with our team, as any true fan does. In ...

  • Changing Course

    September 14th, 2017

    The Cávado River is a small river that follows a linear course through Portugal. Its presence provided sustenance to an old settlement for thousands of years. The river has always been important to the life and livelihood of the people around it. In the 1960s, a large dam was built ...

  • Making the Call

    September 13th, 2017

    Throughout my childhood I knew little more of my father than his name. One night I began to ask God for direction. As I prayed, I began to think of forgiveness and the importance of honoring my parents. I realized that my fear of rejection had robbed me of the ...

  • Heavenly Guardian

    September 12th, 2017

    Some time ago while driving on the main highway in the eastern zone of my country, I noticed a car in the right lane traveling at a very low speed with its hazard lights on. I immediately thought the car was having mechanical difficulties. But as it turned out, it ...