Devotional Archives

  • This Changes Everything

    April 1st, 2015

    I had been diagnosed with a rare cancer. On Easter morning, my husband and I clung to each other in church, especially moved by our pastor’s proclamation, “Jesus died for our sins, and today he has risen and is alive. He conquered death so that we can live eternally in ...

  • Renovations

    March 31st, 2015

    My daughter-in-law walked past some old houses that were being renovated. She told me how messy they looked during the process and wondered how they would look when they were finished. She was anxious to see the renovations completed — the final result of all the hard work. This conversation ...

  • Not a Hummingbird?

    March 30th, 2015

    A beautiful purple finch was trying desperately to drink from our hummingbird feeder. Watching it furiously flap its wings in an attempt to maintain an airborne drinking position, I said, “Don’t you know you’re not a hummingbird?” Eventually the finch hurried to secure footing on a nearby tree branch. It ...

  • Palm Sunday

    March 29th, 2015

    Once I asked a young man for directions to a place in an unfamiliar city. Instead of giving me directions, he offered to go with me. He not only showed the way; he became the way! I just had to follow him. Thomas asked Jesus, “How can we know the ...

  • Jesus Has Arrived!

    March 28th, 2015

    On Palm Sunday 1997, I stood at the church pulpit and held my testimony in shaking hands — silently asking Jesus to grant me the courage to read it. I shared with the congregation that my brother’s death the year before had forced me to evaluate my life. I told ...

  • Things I Take for Granted

    March 27th, 2015

    I sat in my cozy chair and read my Bible. Then I scanned Facebook. My attention was captured by a memorial to William Tyndale carved with a statement that Tyndale was convicted of heresy and on October 6, 1536 was executed for translating the Bible into English. This memorial made ...

  • Our Father’s Strength

    March 26th, 2015

    From the time I was five, wrestling with my dad was our ritual. He’d pin me; sometimes he let me win. As I grew, the struggles got more intense. When I was 13 I beat him, and I could tell that he had used all of his strength. I was ...

  • An Unlikely Offering

    March 25th, 2015

    One day while on break at work, I was worrying about some health problems I was facing. Angry about these problems, I realized that I had been complaining. I considered giving these concerns to God but then had second thoughts. Several scriptures make it plain that God doesn’t want to ...

  • The Old Pink Chair

    March 24th, 2015

    My biological mother struggled with drug addiction throughout her life. I was raised by my grandmother. She took me to Sunday school and church, and she held on to the hope that I would become a pastor. In my youth, I made bad choices that put me on the path ...

  • Aware of God’s Timing

    March 23rd, 2015

    I recently retired after 51 years in ministry, and I was struggling with how to be useful. One morning in my prayer time, I asked God to show me how I could be of service both to him and others that day. A few hours later I was driving through ...