Devotional Archives

  • Rage or Blessing?

    February 6th, 2016

    The words tumbled out of my mouth as I confronted my co-worker. Months of pent-up frustration spilled over, becoming a raging river of anger. This man had criticized my work decisions, spoken rudely, and ignored me in front of others. I thought I had forgiven him, but I guess I ...

  • Got Tickets?

    February 5th, 2016

    Saturdays bring many people to our college town. Our home is several blocks off campus but right in the middle of the football excitement. One Saturday, I took an early morning jog through campus carrying some cards with Bible verses that I was trying to memorize. Even very early in ...

  • Gratitude for Answered Prayer

    February 4th, 2016

    Recently, I have been praying daily for the big battles that I face. It occurred to me, however, that when my prayers are answered, I am not so steadfast in giving thanks as I am in my asking. I may thank God once or twice and move on to some ...

  • Bedside Prayer

    February 3rd, 2016

    At the age of 80 my mother became bedridden and moved to a care facility. She remained there for five years and never complained. When the priest from a local church visited, he came to my mother’s room and offered to pray for her. My mother told him that she ...

  • Bearing Fruit

    February 2nd, 2016

    The trees and bushes in my backyard are a source of pleasure and wonder. In the beauty of their colorful blossoms and the taste of their fruit, I see God’s marvelous work. A few years ago I planted an elderberry bush. These bushes have little white flowers clustered on the ...

  • The Father’s Son

    February 1st, 2016

    As my husband and I were eating at a local restaurant, I noticed that a young man entering the dining room seemed familiar. His actions and gestures led me to conclude that he was the son of one of our friends. Although I hadn’t seen this young man since he ...

  • Hearing Aids

    January 31st, 2016

    I began to lose my hearing in my thirties. I ignored it as long as I could. But when it began to interfere with my conversations with family and friends and at work, I knew I needed to do something. I have a degenerative condition called otosclerosis and have had ...

  • Sharing Joys and Sorrows

    January 30th, 2016

    Last year, one of my friends experienced a devastating sorrow. All I could offer was empathy and prayer. While praying, I felt my heart filling with grief. I believe that when we are capable of crying with other people over their sorrows, we share in their suffering. That same day, ...

  • Doing Good — Regardless

    January 29th, 2016

    Years ago, I connected with a single mother who cleaned houses for a living. I hired her to clean mine to help her pay her bills. Then one day she stopped coming. I soon realized that she had stolen some of my checks. My intentions for her were good, but ...

  • Love in Action

    January 28th, 2016

    In the gym I belong to, each member has an electronic key to open the entry door. One cold day, I heard a tapping on the door’s window but ignored the sound. The tapping stopped but then began again. I glanced over my shoulder through the windowed entrance to see ...