Devotional Archives

  • STRONG ROOTS

    July 7th, 2017

    My daily walk goes by a lake that has cypress trees along the banks. One day I stopped to look more closely at one of these trees and its large, entangled roots. Some of the roots were wound tightly around the tree; others grew out from the tree. Still other ...

  • ALWAYS PREPARED

    July 6th, 2017

    As kitchen staff, we have a responsibility to keep our workplace clean. Every day before we leave for home, my co-workers and I clean the cooking utensils, scrub the floor, and wipe the tables in the dining room. Keeping the workplace clean is important because it protects people’s health. We ...

  • ANSWER TO PRAYER

    July 5th, 2017

    I could smell the paint drying on my latest work as I knelt to pray, “Thank you, God, for inspiring me to do this piece. Now whom do you want me to give it to?” God brought my sister to mind, but I said, “Lord, she’s an atheist.” My sister ...

  • COMPANIONS

    July 4th, 2017

    I let a friend of mine borrow my horse, Norman. He stayed with her for almost a year. When it was summer again I realized how lonely I was without him. I used to talk in his ear about what was going on in my life and almost everything else. ...

  • LEARNING TO WALK AGAIN

    July 3rd, 2017

    My recovery from hip surgery includes intensive daily physical therapy to retrain the muscles in my weakened leg. I begin with gentle massage and passive range of motion and then progress to active muscle-strengthening exercises. Finally, I advance to the treadmill, gripping the handrails firmly, lest I stumble while my ...

  • WHAT REALLY MATTERS

    July 2nd, 2017

    After many years, my wife and I had reached the point that we could no longer care for our home. The family we had raised was grown and gone, and our years of working were at an end. What had once been a “labor of love” had just become a ...

  • A SMALL PART?

    July 1st, 2017

    I work on an assembly line making car mirrors. When building my designated part at my station, I sometimes get frustrated at how insignificant my role seems. But then I remind myself that if I don’t do my job right and time my work well with the people on either ...

  • “It’s Official!”

    June 30th, 2017

    On the day our request for adoption was granted, our family and friends filled the judge’s chambers to capacity. Our beautiful daughter listened attentively as the judge read the legal, binding decree of adoption. When the judge signed, stamped, and granted the request for her adoption, our three-year-old daughter cried ...

  • One Family

    June 29th, 2017

    As a Spanish teacher, I have had the opportunity to meet people from many countries, cultures and religions over the years. God has blessed me in these encounters. One of the loveliest experiences I have had was in Puerto Rico with a young Christian woman from Indonesia. This young woman ...

  • Letting Go

    June 28th, 2017

    In coastal Louisiana, one popular way we catch blue crab is to tie a piece of meat — often a chicken neck — on a long string and throw the bait out from the shore. When we feel a crab tugging on the bait, we slowly start pulling the line ...