Devotional Archives

  • God’s Gift

    June 27th, 2017

    When I was younger, I would notice how happy wealthy friends seemed to be. I had difficulty understanding why I didn’t have the same privileges as my friends. A friend once said to me, “I don’t know why people are so unhappy when every day is a gift.” My friend ...

  • Finish It

    June 26th, 2017

    I recently got a new job at an agricultural research institution. When I first started, the job was challenging, and my motivation was low because it was a new field of work for me. The requirements for promotion include writing and publishing research papers. On many occasions, I have started ...

  • A Safe Place

    June 25th, 2017

    When I was a young girl, at times I found my home to be a frightening place because my mother was an alcoholic. I often sought refuge outside in the large lilac bushes that grew behind our house. Their dense leaf-covered branches stretched high before bending over toward the ground. ...

  • Supplying our Needs

    June 24th, 2017

    The young pastors in my denomination faced a financial crisis during the prime of our ministries in the 1990s. For a few months, we did not receive our monthly payments. We were told that auditors were examining the accounts because of some irregularities. Since most of us and our spouses ...

  • Respond with Love

    June 23rd, 2017

    Years ago I worked with individuals who had suffered traumatic brain injuries. Most of my clients were people who had been in motorcycle or car wrecks. Some of them were able to interact with staff and others who had similar injuries. Others were prisoners in their own bodies. It was ...

  • Deep Roots

    June 22nd, 2017

    We recently spent some time living in the mountains of Boquete, Panama. The climate there is called Eternal Spring because there are no distinct seasons. The temperature remains virtually the same all year long. Our seasons are simply defined as dry or rainy. Though a few trees and plants do ...

  • Just Help

    June 21st, 2017

    My wife and I were enjoying our ride together when we passed a man holding a sign that read, “Will Work for Food.” Later, we saw him getting into a car. Cynically, I wondered aloud what he was going to do with the money he had collected that day. But ...

  • Stranded in the Desert

    June 20th, 2017

    While on a two-year trip around the world in a Volkswagen camper, I was stranded in the Sahara Desert for several days. The Hoggar, the track I was traveling through Algeria across the Sahara, is deeply corrugated. Driving on it is like driving on railroad tracks. The punishing roadway caused ...

  • Calmed Storms

    June 19th, 2017

    In today’s reading, the disciples were overcome by fear and woke Jesus from a sound sleep. They cried out and questioned his care for them. But Jesus calmed the wind and waves with the command, “Peace! Be still!” Jesus then challenged the disciples, “Why are you afraid? Have you still ...

  • Just Like My Father

    June 18th, 2017

    For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be just like my dad. He was my hero and my best buddy. I loved everything Dad loved. I loved fishing, window shopping (especially at the sporting goods store and the hardware store), and target shooting with my bow and ...