Devotional Archives

  • A Homesick Scout

    February 1st, 2015

    I remember one year at Cub Scout summer camp we had a boy who wanted to go home. We were only one day into the week-long camp, but this was his first time away from home. He missed his parents and was always trying to call them. With the help ...

  • Broken Becomes Beautiful

    January 31st, 2015

    The oceans offer up objects of astounding beauty — seashells and sea glass cast up on beaches — free for the taking. With sea glass, the sea is the sculptor. A bottle breaks, and the pieces are cast into the sea. Waves and tides tumble the shards; their sharp, rough ...

  • What If?

    January 30th, 2015

    Many times in life I have tormented myself with “What if?” questions, asking, “Where would I be now if only I had made this or that decision?” Other times I worry about the future: “What if this happens or what if that happens?” This habit often leaves me overwhelmed. However, ...

  • Never Alone

    January 29th, 2015

    I have a good friend who offers me comforting advice when I need it. However, since an ocean divides us, I see her only once a year. I often wonder how we remain close despite the time and distance. The cost of telephoning long distance is expensive, so my friend ...

  • Embrace the Pain

    January 28th, 2015

    When I was a teenager, my father died suddenly. He was the first person I really and truly loved whom death had taken from me. It was devastating, and I was inconsolable. But as I look back at that event now, I can see the blessings of the Lord on ...

  • God’s Calm Presence

    January 27th, 2015

    A problem at work plagued me for two weeks. I ran every scenario, checked every figure, and double-checked all my work. I still had no solution. I walked away from the problem and asked others for help, but I was still stuck. Why was my assignment so hard? My job ...

  • How God Heals Us

    January 26th, 2015

    Soon I will be retiring from my job of 43 years. About two months ago I began experiencing health problems that I never had before. I frantically began going from doctor to doctor, taking handfuls of vitamins and other supplements, in hopes that my health would be restored. However, none ...

  • In God’s Image

    January 25th, 2015

    Several years ago, while browsing in an antique shop, my husband and I came across a display of crocks created by a local potter who had made them well over 100 years before. The crocks had been discarded by the potter because they had become misshapen in the firing process. ...

  • Changed by the Spirit

    January 24th, 2015

    Since my retirement six years ago, I have volunteered to help in the kitchen of a local rescue mission two days a week. Several months ago a new resident admitted into the mission’s rehabilitation program was assigned to the kitchen for his work duty. He was loud, confrontational, and unpleasant ...

  • Getting Rid of Worry

    January 23rd, 2015

    The pink flowers in my garden brought joy to my heart. On the day I planted them, the petals and leaves consumed all the available space. But sometime later weeds began to appear, and I was too busy to address the problem. By the end of summer, the bed that ...