Devotional Archives

  • FRIENDSHIP

    June 25th, 2016

    When Job was suffering, three friends came to comfort him. It took effort for them to be there with him. For seven days they simply supported him with the power of their presence. The fact that they showed up in his time of need demonstrates the compassion of true friendship. ...

  • THE PATH BEFORE US

    June 24th, 2016

    A section of the Carolina Thread Trail winds through rural Iredell County in North Carolina. As I walked the trail one spring morning, I listened for God and saw God’s creation. Birds sang, squirrels scurried up the trees, and deer dashed from my sight. The path bloomed with flowers of ...

  • FEARFUL?

    June 23rd, 2016

    When I was seven, I was afraid of the dark. If I had to get up at night, I would hold my pillow over my eyes and feel my way down the hall. One night I miscalculated and tumbled down the basement stairs. After that, I no longer put the ...

  • NURTURING

    June 22nd, 2016

    As I looked down with satisfaction at my newly planted seedlings, I thought about how new believers need to be nurtured in a way similar to these young plants. Other Christians can do this by accepting new believers where they are on their Christian journeys, encouraging them through Bible study, ...

  • THE HEART OF THE MATTER

    June 21st, 2016

    Several years ago at Christmastime, I went with my son and his family to see the “Festival of Lights,” a beautiful display of Christmas decorations and lights. As my grandchildren were taking in all the sights, my grandson, who was about six at the time, came up with a question: ...

  • WHO AM I TO COMPLAIN?

    June 20th, 2016

    One morning I listened to the radio as a pastor shared her life story. She has many physical limitations but has achieved much and remains joyful and grateful to the Lord. The fact that she dedicated her life to a ministry of service given all the suffering she has endured ...

  • RUNNING WITH GOD

    June 19th, 2016

    I am a runner, and over the past 40 years I have stepped out of my home and greeted the day with the step-by-step rhythm of my feet. Some folks have asked me if I run with headphones. I do not. I find that I am better able to have ...

  • LETTERS

    June 18th, 2016

    After yet another difficult day of high school, I came home to find a small blue envelope on my desk. My mother had written the letter when I was one year old. The three pages of journal paper were the texture of rose petals and tinged yellow with age. I ...

  • LESSONS FROM A VIOLET

    June 17th, 2016

    After returning from a long vacation, I retrieved my African violets from a friend. Three of the four plants had lovely purple flowers and deep green leaves. The fourth had soft, yellow leaves and no blooms. I was surprised, but then I recalled that I hadn’t seen blossoms on that ...

  • UNENDING LOVE

    June 16th, 2016

    My friend and I had once been pastors in the same town. Some years later I learned that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He lay in a hospital bed awaiting radiation. But his spirits were high. While he was unable to perform his duties, church members ...