Devotional Archives

  • Seeds of Faith

    May 14th, 2017

    My parents were of Armenian heritage. My mother’s name was Zabel, or Isabel. I give thanks to God for my parents and their legacy of family prayer. I remember with fondness each night when my mother would place a worn carpet on the floor. She, my father, my three siblings, ...

  • No One to Help

    May 13th, 2017

    It was the Sabbath. Jesus and the disciples were in Jerusalem when they encountered a number of people who were blind, sick, and lame waiting by the pool of Bethesda. These people believed that its water possessed healing powers. While walking by the pool, Jesus encountered a man who had ...

  • Unflinching Devotion

    May 12th, 2017

    My elder brother, Ajagaboka, takes great delight in his service to God. Most weekends, he wakes up early and joins the women in our local church in keeping the chapel clean. He is also zealous in his participation in the drama unit, always ministering to the glory of God. As ...

  • Unchanging Values

    May 11th, 2017

    When asking for directions to a certain shop, a newcomer friend asked me, “Is it on the right side of the street or the left side?” I replied that it depended on where he was coming from. “If you’re coming from the sugar factory, it’s on the left side of ...

  • God, the Mother

    May 10th, 2017

    “My translation says something different here,” my co-leader said. We were leading a discussion on Psalm 91 and its comparison of God to a fortress that can protect and shield us. But we began by talking about the bird imagery in verse 4. Our German language Bibles had contained very ...

  • Clean Viewing

    May 9th, 2017

    Winter seemed to drag on for months and left all the windows of our home covered with a dull film. On the first nice day of spring, my wife washed them. She went from one to the next, scrubbing and cleaning. Later, as we looked out a window together, she ...

  • Using Time Wisely

    May 8th, 2017

    One night, after a period of feeling detached from God, I received word that one of my childhood friends had died in a traffic accident. The news was so painful that I felt as if I had died inside, but it also caused me to reflect on my life in ...

  • Learning to Listen

    May 7th, 2017

    My husband, Dan, and I have been birdwatching together for 20 years. Recognizing bird songs helps us to know which bird is near so that we can more easily spot it. At first I recognized only a few songs, but now I know the songs of all the birds in ...

  • The Question

    May 6th, 2017

    After my first few months working overseas — struggling with learning a new language and experiencing a culture very different from my own — I was beginning to have a negative attitude. Then the Holy Spirit brought to mind my last training session for this work. I looked up the ...

  • Staying On the Path

    May 5th, 2017

    One summer I spent three months at a wilderness lake with my best friend. We left our Volkswagen van parked at the end of a bumpy dirt road and carried an old, heavy wooden canoe along a winding path through giant evergreens the final two miles to the lake. One ...