Devotional Archives

  • Whose Am I?

    November 1st, 2014

    One of our neighbors recently spent three months hammering away making a playhouse. His four-year-old son joined him in this building project, and the two hammered with gusto. Like father, like son! As I think of the way this son imitates his father, I wonder if my actions, habits, and ...

  • “Don’t Quit”

    October 31st, 2014

    King Hezekiah was “at the point of death” because of his illness. But he recovered with God’s help. Hezekiah’s story reminds me of an illness from which God helped me recover. Mine was a mental illness. Several years ago loneliness, financial struggles, and workplace issues felt like relentless adversaries, and ...

  • Yank Out That Weed!

    October 30th, 2014

    After examining the moss rose I had planted again this year, I was not disappointed. The roses in all their varied colors had burst into bloom. These lovely flowers had never failed to spread out quickly to fill my flower patch. Then I took a closer look to see that ...

  • Keep Your Hands Up

    October 29th, 2014

    During rehabilitation for drug addiction, I accepted Christ as my Savior and invited him into my life. When I completed rehab I had a hard time finding work. I did not have much money, and a sea of temptations — both new and old — surrounded me. Then my mother ...

  • Camp Grace

    October 28th, 2014

    For three decades, adults with special needs, along with many volunteers, have attended Camp Grace in the mountains of North Carolina. At this “family reunion” I have found the campers’ love for one another and their love and acceptance of me very moving. The highlight is Saturday’s talent show in ...

  • God the Craftsman

    October 27th, 2014

    I watched the craftsman as he made a beautiful piece of furniture in his workshop. He took his time, carefully making each cut and standing back now and then to look at his work. Some mass-produce their work and make money, but the master craftsman concerns himself with creating a ...

  • “People Like Him”

    October 26th, 2014

    For years I worked for a prison ministry, training Christians to share God’s love with inmates. I also spoke to secular groups about problems that prisoners face. During those years, a man was arrested in my hometown and convicted of grisly crimes, including the murders of 15 young men. For ...

  • Mornings with God

    October 25th, 2014

    I woke up and immediately started rehearsing my to-do list for the day. Sprinkled throughout my mental list were worries and concerns about my family. The things to do and family cares seemed to assault my whole body, not just my mind. My neck muscles tensed up, and my mind ...

  • Water for the Thirsty

    October 24th, 2014

    One hot, humid summer afternoon I was sitting on my deck when I heard a delivery truck approaching our cul-de-sac. I watched as the driver knocked on my neighbor’s door. Mary greeted him with a smile, took a small parcel, and then said to him, “Would you like a glass ...

  • Belonging

    October 23rd, 2014

    Last year my husband and I sold or gave away half of our possessions and moved from the area where we had lived all our lives to a retirement center hundreds of miles away. Even though we knew the Holy Spirit was present through the whole process, the move was ...