Devotional Archives

  • Broken

    January 19th, 2017

    When an item breaks, I have three responses: 1) I’m unhappy; 2) I’m frustrated; 3) I’m challenged to fix it. The first two responses rarely last long. In a short time, I am ready to find some tools and fix the problem. I love to take things apart and figure ...

  • Not Giving Up

    January 18th, 2017

    Some months ago I joined my local church’s prayer shawl ministry and began knitting and crocheting with a group of women. In the early stages of my work with the group, my first few rows would go well, but then I would drop stitches and end up with an uneven ...

  • Miracles Happen

    January 17th, 2017

    My six-year-old son, Sabalo, had been diagnosed with a tumor. After many medical examinations, including two biopsies, we learned that the tumor was growing and could not be successfully radiated. Five years after the diagnosis, Sabalo’s difficulties with mobility had increased. His spine showed a severe deviation. He could not ...

  • Journals of Praise

    January 16th, 2017

    Several years ago, I began incorporating journaling into my devotional time. I had always written my requests and the desires of my heart — my cries to Jesus — in blue ink. It seemed I was always begging God for something. One winter, as the new year approached, I felt ...

  • More Than a Building

    January 15th, 2017

    Through the years, I have attended church and Sunday school in many different places: tents, a large home, a movie theater, a former army Quonset hut, refurbished army barracks, an elementary school, a storefront, a bank conference room, and a high school, in addition to designated church buildings. My experiences ...

  • Guide My Journey

    January 14th, 2017

    My family enjoys road trips. As I plan each one, my goal is to determine the best route and clearest directions. My car is equipped with technology that provides these answers. However, sometimes I still get lost because I didn’t take advantage of the technology or used it carelessly. My ...

  • In God’s Own Time

    January 13th, 2017

    A friend gave me a pretty arrangement of flowers in various shades of orange. The greenery surrounding the flowers set off the vibrancy of their colors perfectly. They looked cheerful and lovely in their cute little orange bucket. However, the arrangement also contained the buds of three large lilies, and ...

  • Power of Silence

    January 12th, 2017

    I am an archaeologist and help to monitor construction activity in historic zones. One time, I was overseeing excavations near downtown. It was noon. Work halted across the busy construction site for lunch. Mighty rock-chewing machines rattled to a halt, and silence fell over the site. Because my ears had ...

  • Expressions of Prayer

    January 11th, 2017

    I work as a hospital chaplain, providing spiritual and emotional care to patients and their families. Usually I end my visits by offering to pray with the patient, lifting to God the hopes, concerns, requests, and joys they have named. But some patients aren’t interested in deep conversation and simply ...

  • Still Working

    January 10th, 2017

    In today’s reading, Jesus teaches his disciples to encourage genuine faith. John was troubled that another man was casting out demons even though he was not one of the twelve disciples. Jesus responded by teaching us all not to reject others simply because they don’t belong to our group. We ...