Devotional Archives

  • 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 ...

  • The Power of Salt

    August 25th, 2015

    Throughout history, salt has been highly valued. It is used to preserve food and enhance the flavor of food. Salt is also used to mix with water for cleaning fruit, and it is an ingredient in toothpaste to help clean and strengthen teeth. On January 17, 2013, I learned of ...

  • Sweet Dreams

    August 24th, 2015

    At a time when I felt very lost and overwhelmed with anxiety, I had a dream that filled me with peace and hope. In this dream I was a small child again and all alone. A strong man was nearby repairing an old abandoned well. He lifted me up and ...

  • Closed Gates

    August 23rd, 2015

    We had planned a lovely walk along a footpath through the wooded hillsides. The signposts at the beginning of the footpath seemed crystal clear. Even so we took a wrong turn. When we finally got onto the right path we came up against a closed gate. Disappointed and resigned, we ...

  • Looking Forward

    August 22nd, 2015

    I volunteer with a ministry that helps ex-offenders make the transition back into society. All of these men made mistakes, broke the law, and served time in prison. Many of them find it difficult to look beyond their past failures. I want them to realize that all of us have ...

  • On Trees and Fruits

    August 21st, 2015

    Today I decided to prune two trees in my garden. One of them was small, the other much larger. The small one was a challenge, since I had to lower myself to cut down the dry branches. But the work was minimal compared to the task of cutting the higher ...

  • Learning to Walk

    August 20th, 2015

    When children learn to walk, falling is an expected part of the process. In the same way, adults learning something new should not expect to succeed immediately. As we are growing in spiritual maturity, failures will come. Failing is part of what makes us human. We are imperfect, unfinished works ...