Devotional Archives

  • A Simple Question

    May 27th, 2015

    “Ginger, do you love God?” my friend Sherry asked. “Well yes! You know I do.” I was shocked by this question. Sherry walked with me every day on our breaks, and we talked about our faith and life in general. We came to know a lot about each other, or ...

  • Midday Peace

    May 26th, 2015

    When I switched jobs a few years ago, I started taking my lunch hour at a local park. Even in the winter months, I try to make at least one loop around the park in order to breathe in the fresh air and to be in God’s presence. Time away ...

  • “She’s Pretty”

    May 25th, 2015

    When my son began second grade, he was assigned to a teacher of a different race than ours. After he had been in class for a few days, I asked him what he thought of his teacher; he simply told me that she was nice. Deciding to delve into this ...

  • What Is Right

    May 24th, 2015

    In the Old Testament, people’s lives are repeatedly classified in one of two ways, as a sort of scriptural eulogy: either “he did evil in the eyes of the Lord” or “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.” I rarely consider my life in such simple ...

  • Follow Me

    May 23rd, 2015

    “Follow me,” I instructed my son-in-law. We were headed in separate cars to a restaurant in a part of town he did not know. As I started down the road, I felt the responsibility to drive slowly. As we made the necessary turns, I was careful to signal well in ...

  • Love Tracks

    May 22nd, 2015

    Our town was buried by a record snowfall. Walking outside, I noticed the tracks of animals of many different kinds, even animals I had never seen in my neighborhood before. I was reminded of a time when the heaviness of life, like that snowfall, had hit me with full force. ...

  • Beginning the Day

    May 21st, 2015

    Contestants on a popular television show were asked to answer the question, “How do people begin the day?” The number one answer drawn from a survey was “with prayer.” I want to start my day with prayer. Before washing my face, shaving, eating breakfast, getting the news on television, and ...

  • Granny’s Girl

    May 20th, 2015

    Recently my husband and I were shopping in a shoe store when a four-year-old girl and her grandmother appeared. The child looked at me with the happiest smile you can imagine. I commented on the small shoebox that she held, and she eagerly showed me her new pink athletic shoes. ...

  • Ordinary Jars

    May 19th, 2015

    When Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding in Cana, he did not request special, priceless vessels. Jesus called simply for the ordinary, everyday water jars made of clay that could be found in every home and public building. From these commonplace vessels, the stewards surprised the wedding guests ...

  • God Pleaser

    May 18th, 2015

    For many years I sought people’s approval by paying attention to my image in the mirror — how I looked and what I wore. I wanted to do my best to please my parents, employers, and friends. Burdened by this quest for acceptance, I never found lasting contentment. My need ...