Devotional Archives

  • God's Grace is Sufficient

    September 4th, 2015

    After a family dinner, I sat at the table with my father-in-law, Darrell, drinking coffee. He rarely talked about his own father; but this afternoon, he told a humorous and touching story about football, a marching band, rain, mud, car heaters, and the love of his father. We laughed. I ...

  • Shaken

    September 3rd, 2015

    The shaking woke us. First a lurch, then a shift — our house and all within began to sway in the powerful earthquake. When it stopped, we waited with the rest of the city for the radio announcer’s comforting words, “All is well. The worst is over.” We didn’t stop ...

  • Others First

    September 2nd, 2015

    Recently while strolling home from work, I encountered one of my friends. As I saw her coming, I felt compelled to offer her a business suit of mine that I had been meaning to give away. When I told her about it, she replied that she had been jobless for ...

  • Chosen

    September 1st, 2015

    I wasn’t brought up going to church. My family didn’t discuss God, but Mom sang hymns as she went about her chores. As I listened to her sing, “He walks with me, and he talks with me” and “Precious Lord, take my hand,” I began to know a heavenly Father ...

  • Stopping to Listen

    August 31st, 2015

    I have a friend who speaks slowly, pausing before she answers a question, or even in the middle of a sentence. She stops to chuckle when she’s retelling a funny story. Sometimes when listening to her I have felt impatient, wanting to jump in and finish a sentence for her. ...

  • Faith and Healing

    August 30th, 2015

    As a physician I am blessed to see God’s healing every day. Seeing an injured or ill person find healing is a powerful experience and one that strengthens my faith in God. People of faith often show extraordinary trust in God’s presence with them when illness befalls them or a ...

  • Green Pastures

    August 29th, 2015

    South Texas was suffering through an ongoing drought. For the entire summer, we had received only a few inches of rain. The temperature reached 100 degrees or higher 20 days in a row. Fields were barren. Ranchers were forced to sell livestock because they had no grass to feed them. ...

  • A Much-Loved Baby

    August 28th, 2015

    Jason lay snug in his mother’s arms, sometimes cooing and sometimes crying. Doting aunts and uncles tickled his cheek and stroked his tiny outstretched fingers. The relatives resorted to the usual baby talk, which was unintelligible to everyone, including the baby. But whatever was said or cooed, one thing was ...

  • Puzzled by Life?

    August 27th, 2015

    I enjoy working jigsaw puzzles, but I rely on the puzzle maker to guide me. Once I worked on a puzzle in which written clues, instead of a picture on the box, described the finished puzzle. I figured out what objects were in the puzzle, but I couldn’t determine their ...

  • Come and See

    August 26th, 2015

    My life seems bland. I wonder, Who wants to follow Christ because of me? Still, I pray for courage and ask God to give me words that others need to hear. When a friend noticed that I read my Bible on my break, she asked, “Is this what keeps you ...