Devotional Archives

  • THE HIDDEN DISCIPLE

    August 16th, 2017

    Jesus called brothers James and John at the same time. They followed immediately and were with Jesus throughout his ministry. Interestingly, almost every reference to James is in relation to John and Peter. James is what I call a “hidden disciple.” James was one of the original disciples and, after ...

  • NO LIMITS

    August 15th, 2017

    A fellow musician and I had just started a contemporary worship service with only two instruments: drums and an acoustic guitar. We did the best we could, but the service struggled with limited instrumentation. In the days that followed, a teenage member of our church kept insisting that I ask ...

  • IN GOD’S CARE

    August 14th, 2017

    I received a degree in education in 2014. After graduation, I packed my bags and traveled to another province in search of a job. My plan was to work wherever I settled. I never once thought about the plans God had for my life. I left behind my family and ...

  • SHARING OUR PLATES

    August 13th, 2017

    When my son began eating solid foods, it was a challenge to get him to eat vegetables. Soft, bite-sized pieces of carrots, broccoli, and squash landed on the floor faster than I could spoon them onto his plate. One day I realized that although my son was disinterested in the ...

  • KEEP GOING

    August 12th, 2017

    At age 16, when I joined a six-week bicycle trip through Holland, England, and France, I found Holland manageable, but England’s hills were overwhelming. I hadn’t properly trained for bicycling 30-50 miles daily. I was often alone and lagging behind, especially on the steep climbs. When my travel companions stopped ...

  • PROMISES MADE AND KEPT

    August 11th, 2017

    A friend once gave me an outdoor house ornament made of faceted glass balls that rotate in the wind. I hung it outside. When I awoke to sunshine the following morning, I was delighted to discover that the walls of my house were splashed with little flashing rainbows. They reminded ...

  • MAKING ROOM

    August 10th, 2017

    At age 42, I developed an ailment that affected my motor skills. My gait became uneven, my head tilted to the right, and an array of other muscular problems left me weak and sore. For four years, I feared the future and prayed for strength and healing. I found hope ...

  • DISCERNMENT

    August 9th, 2017

    I found an intriguing and challenging shawl pattern. The variegated yarn had the brilliant warm hues of a sunset. As I skimmed through the directions, I thought, What? This makes no sense! Impossible! I knew how to make the required stitches, but I could not visualize how the shawl could ...

  • PERFECT LOVE

    August 8th, 2017

    When I was a child my family did not attend church regularly. My primary exposure to preaching was through radio sermons that were mostly about fearing God’s condemnation. I started to attend church at age 12, and I was relieved to discover that the preaching there was much different. The ...

  • THE GREAT EXCHANGE

    August 7th, 2017

    We were miles from the nearest town. With the low-fuel warning light on in my car and two mountains to cross, I prayed, “Our cell phones don’t work out here, and we’re two young women who don’t want to walk these roads in the dark. Please help us arrive safely.” ...