Devotional Archives

  • My Daughter’s Example

    May 24th, 2017

    One day, my young daughter came home from school and told me, “My best friend is going to throw a birthday party, and she has already given out the invitations.” I asked her whether she was invited. She answered, “No. My friend said she forgot to invite me. But it’s ...

  • No Regrets

    May 23rd, 2017

    While doing some spring cleaning, I came across a dust-covered bag. I expected it to be filled with useless old papers. Instead I was surprised to find old letters, cards, and photographs from around the time of my high school graduation. Life has not always been kind to me, yet ...

  • A Time To Wait

    May 22nd, 2017

    As I worried recently about the results of medical tests, I thought of all the occasions in my life that have required waiting. I have waited for a spouse to return from war, waited for my child to be born, waited for loved ones to regain health after illness or ...

  • Small Deeds

    May 21st, 2017

    Early one morning while watering my plants on my porch I noticed that my favorite hanging plant was wilting. The blossoms were beginning to fade. I had only a little water left in my watering can, but I poured that on the plant, intending to come back later with more. ...

  • Excuses, Excuses

    May 20th, 2017

    I have flaws, and all too often I discover something new that I cannot do well. My typical response is to spend my free time lying in bed watching TV. I cannot fail there unless I fall asleep and roll off the bed. Sometimes I use my weaknesses as an ...

  • Keep Your Heart in Tune

    May 19th, 2017

    I woke up one morning, singing a song that my classmates and I sang many years before at our preschool graduation ceremony. The song emphasized the importance of praying in the morning, afternoon, and evening to “keep your heart in tune.”* I wondered, What does it mean to “keep your ...

  • A Mother’s Gift

    May 18th, 2017

    My mother died on Mother’s Day — the day she and I usually celebrated by remembering when she gave birth to me and heard my first breath. But on that Mother’s Day I was telling my mother how much I loved her as she drew her last breath. I kept ...

  • The Ice Cream Man

    May 17th, 2017

    When I was around six or seven the ice cream man would come in his white truck with the chimes ringing out — a signal for the children to come with their nickels and dimes to buy ice cream. I would hang back because there were no nickels and dimes ...

  • Choosing Joy

    May 16th, 2017

    I spent one summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan planning and leading children’s activities. Before I arrived I imagined that the other staff members would be friendly, that the children would behave angelically, and that I would spend my free time at the lake. As it turned out, the ...

  • The New Me

    May 15th, 2017

    One of my favorite places to study the Bible and to spend my devotional time is in the room adjoining our kitchen, near a fireplace and lots of windows. In this peaceful and picturesque space, I can see deer grazing, pine trees swaying in the breeze, and birds feeding. As ...