Devotional Archives

  • Never Alone

    January 29th, 2015

    I have a good friend who offers me comforting advice when I need it. However, since an ocean divides us, I see her only once a year. I often wonder how we remain close despite the time and distance. The cost of telephoning long distance is expensive, so my friend ...

  • Embrace the Pain

    January 28th, 2015

    When I was a teenager, my father died suddenly. He was the first person I really and truly loved whom death had taken from me. It was devastating, and I was inconsolable. But as I look back at that event now, I can see the blessings of the Lord on ...

  • God’s Calm Presence

    January 27th, 2015

    A problem at work plagued me for two weeks. I ran every scenario, checked every figure, and double-checked all my work. I still had no solution. I walked away from the problem and asked others for help, but I was still stuck. Why was my assignment so hard? My job ...

  • How God Heals Us

    January 26th, 2015

    Soon I will be retiring from my job of 43 years. About two months ago I began experiencing health problems that I never had before. I frantically began going from doctor to doctor, taking handfuls of vitamins and other supplements, in hopes that my health would be restored. However, none ...

  • In God’s Image

    January 25th, 2015

    Several years ago, while browsing in an antique shop, my husband and I came across a display of crocks created by a local potter who had made them well over 100 years before. The crocks had been discarded by the potter because they had become misshapen in the firing process. ...

  • Changed by the Spirit

    January 24th, 2015

    Since my retirement six years ago, I have volunteered to help in the kitchen of a local rescue mission two days a week. Several months ago a new resident admitted into the mission’s rehabilitation program was assigned to the kitchen for his work duty. He was loud, confrontational, and unpleasant ...

  • Getting Rid of Worry

    January 23rd, 2015

    The pink flowers in my garden brought joy to my heart. On the day I planted them, the petals and leaves consumed all the available space. But sometime later weeds began to appear, and I was too busy to address the problem. By the end of summer, the bed that ...

  • Competence from God

    January 22nd, 2015

    For most of my life I was full of hubris (excessive pride or self-confidence). My rationale was, “God has given me abilities and resources, and I honor God by using them to accomplish my tasks.” Never did I ask whether the opportunities and challenges that came my way were in ...

  • Courage to Witness

    January 21st, 2015

    While in the hospital for three weeks with pregnancy complications, I spent time reading my Bible and The Upper Room. Also, one of the nurses brought me a radio that I tuned to my favorite Christian station. The music was soothing and peaceful. However, as much as I loved listening ...

  • From Bondage to Joy

    January 20th, 2015

    Michael grew up in a close, loving family; yet, in high school he began using drugs. After struggling for some time with addiction, he had recently completed rehabilitation and seemed to be on the right track. Then Michael showed signs of a relapse. One afternoon, he went downstairs and turned ...