Devotional Archives

  • Outward Signs

    July 1st, 2015

    For the last six years, my husband and I have been teaching in a bilingual school in the northeast part of Thailand. The plain silver cross I wear has given me a connection to Thai Christians, despite the language barrier between us. One heartwarming experience was hearing a voice in ...

  • Quality Work

    June 30th, 2015

    I recall as a boy spending summer afternoons in my grandfather’s shoe-repair shop. The sounds and images are still vivid in my mind: noisy repair machines, fragments of leather on the floor, busy customers with shoes that had been given a second chance. My grandfather was a man of gentle ...

  • Perfect Peace

    June 29th, 2015

    From time to time, each of us can fret and worry, anticipating the worst. However, some of us live in a constant state of anxiety, which can cause us to neglect our health, lose sleep, or become depressed — losing hope for better days. This isn’t what God wants for ...

  • A Light for My Path

    June 28th, 2015

    When members of my family served as missionaries in the Philippines, we lived in an area where the streets were filled with holes. Walking at night without streetlights was treacherous. I asked my mother-in-law, who sent us weekly boxes from home, for a bright flashlight. The flashlight arrived, and its ...

  • Christ’s Church

    June 27th, 2015

    After moving to another city, my son called me to say that he couldn’t find a church where he felt comfortable. After I realized that he was looking for a church of our denomination, I explained to him about the living church of Jesus Christ and referred him to 1 ...

  • Respect for Nature

    June 26th, 2015

    Our bodies need air or we will suffocate; water, or we will dehydrate; and food, or we will starve. Many of us take air, water, and food for granted; yet each year we waste and misuse more of the essential natural elements God made for our survival. The materialistic lifestyle ...

  • Letting Go

    June 25th, 2015

    This year my oldest child graduates from high school, and I am not ready to let her go. Despite reminding myself that this is a natural and necessary part of life, I have been struggling to hide my bittersweet feelings behind a brave and smiling face. Today I looked out ...

  • Thinking Backwards

    June 24th, 2015

    Many years ago, I worked for a photographer. One of my jobs was to prepare the negatives for the process of developing the photographs. What is dark in the negatives is actually light on the true photo; what is light on the negative is, in reality, dark. So I became ...

  • Path Markers

    June 23rd, 2015

    I am a trailblazer, pathfinder, and guide. In the area where I work, we have ways to guide hikers along the path. Wherever a junction of paths occurs, a sign and a colored footprint indicate the new route. Once hikers are on the right trail, they will see rocks painted ...

  • With All Your Heart

    June 22nd, 2015

    For years I taught history. When the end of the semester approached, I would offer students the opportunity to improve their grade by doing an additional assignment. Some eagerly complied and earned the higher grade. Others would shrug with a “thanks, but no thanks” attitude, content with the lower mark. ...