Devotional Archives

  • SPIRIT OF JOY

    August 26th, 2017

    The 88-year-old woman had come to the soup kitchen for her supper. She seemed to be the life of the party at her table, encouraging everyone around her. Apparently hard of hearing, she talked loudly, which allowed many people to hear the “Bless you!” that she said to those who ...

  • A WAY TO REMEMBER

    August 25th, 2017

    When I finished reading aloud a devotion to a friend, she reached into her coat pocket and pulled out a small, smooth, pink stone. She told me that she always carries it with her as a reminder to pause for reflection during the day — to give thanks to God ...

  • SERVER AVAILABLE 24/7

    August 24th, 2017

    After we were given computers to enhance learning for our junior high school students, we were excited to connect with donors and well-wishers to give them our heartfelt thanks. We wanted to report to the donors as soon as we were connected to the Internet. When we had composed our ...

  • WORKING FOR THE LORD

    August 23rd, 2017

    In my late twenties, a few years after I had committed my life to Christ, I was working as a computer programmer for a large company. One day I had been so unsuccessful in searching for an error in a computer program I had written that I began to question ...

  • THE FIG TREE

    August 22nd, 2017

    Over two years ago, I bought a small fig tree and planted it in the garden. It didn’t do well and looked as if it were dying. I dug it up and put it in a large pot. It stood in the pot for a long time, struggling to thrive. ...

  • COMFORTING PRESENCE

    August 21st, 2017

    I received an unexpected phone call telling me that my dad had passed away after suffering with Alzheimer’s for several years. As I traveled almost 1200 miles to be with family, I had time to reflect on my dad’s life and what a great family man and provider my dad ...

  • GO FOR THE GOLD

    August 20th, 2017

    When I was 21, my best friend, Tim, and I got summer jobs in Skagway, Alaska. We’d been dating for several months, so I was delighted when he proposed and slipped a gold-nugget ring on my finger. A few months later, we were married. As prospectors carefully sift out the ...

  • THE POWER OF PRAISE

    August 19th, 2017

    Recently, the leader of my Christian youth group asked each of us why we enjoyed attending church. One of my friends said with a smile, “Because the food is always delicious.” Others replied, “The sermon always fits our situation.” Some said they liked the conversations. I said that I liked ...

  • HUMBLE SERVICE

    August 18th, 2017

    A few days a week I volunteer in our church library. I often see a certain man walking down the hall with a screwdriver or a drill or a sander in his hand. When I ask him what he is doing he says, “Oh, I noticed that this needed to ...

  • NEVER AN ANNOYANCE

    August 17th, 2017

    My two cats, Samantha and Chloe, both love to lie in my lap. Chloe is quite personable and affectionate. Samantha, on the other hand, seems to need constant reassurance that she is loved. Some days it seems that every time I sit down, Samantha is right there waiting to jump ...