Devotional Archives

  • CLOTHED IN KINDNESS

    July 17th, 2017

    I was scared when we walked into the emergency room at 4 AM. My husband, Jose, had tingling and numbness down his left side and a slight limp, symptoms of a mini-stroke. As the staff checked us into a room, I fought to hold back tears. I was anxious and ...

  • WORKS OF ART

    July 16th, 2017

    A number of years ago I went for a walk in the woods with Bob, a friend from church who was a professor of forestry. As we were enjoying the natural surroundings, he showed me a basketball-sized, bulbous growth on the limb of a tree and told me it was ...

  • LIVE IN HARMONY

    July 15th, 2017

    I recently read a newspaper article about sociable weaver birds that live in the Kalahari Desert in Africa. They build nests large enough to house hundreds of birds on trees and other tall objects. The nests are used as shelter from the heat by day and the frigid temperatures of ...

  • GOD TRAVELS

    July 14th, 2017

    Reading The Upper Room has become one of my early-morning rituals. Before I do anything else, I read a daily devotional from the e-mail that was sent to me in the middle of the night. Doing so helps me to clear my mind and prepare for the day. However, I ...

  • SAFELY BACK HOME

    July 13th, 2017

    I’ve always found jogging to be a good way to spend time with God. I have continued this practice during my Peace Corps service here in West Africa. Because I am new to the area, it has taken me a while to become familiar both with my small village and ...

  • MINI-MIRACLES

    July 12th, 2017

    You would expect the Son of God to begin his ministry with a spectacular miracle: raising someone from the dead, multiplying loaves and fishes, or at least walking on the sea. But Jesus launched his ministry by saving a party. More guests had shown up at a wedding reception than ...

  • LETTING GO OF LIFE’S TROPHIES

    July 11th, 2017

    A hymn titled “The Old Rugged Cross” has this line in its chorus: “I’ll cherish the old rugged cross, till my trophies at last I lay down.” It is about the Christian hope of heaven, where we will lay aside our earthly trophies and receive a heavenly crown. In my ...

  • FAITH AND PRAISE

    July 10th, 2017

    The red light at the intersection seemed to take forever. I sat in my car, fuming impatiently, tapping my fingers on the steering wheel. I had a long list of errands. Then it hit me. When else during the day will I have some quiet time to listen for what ...

  • DAILY PRAISE

    July 9th, 2017

    Life can be busy, with endless responsibilities. I get caught up in the chaos and stress of today’s fast-paced lifestyle. By day’s end I am often tense, exhausted, and impatient. Lately, when I put three-year-old Colin to bed, he says to me, “Mumma, I think it’s going to be a ...

  • SHARING MY FAITH

    July 8th, 2017

    While I was studying as an exchange student in Japan, I was out of my comfort zone. It was difficult. Once, a friend invited me to a birthday dinner where I did not know any of the other three guests. Thankfully, since we were all students at the same university, ...