Devotional Archives

  • Created for a Purpose

    May 4th, 2017

    I am only four feet seven inches tall. In kindergarten, I was constantly teased about my height. The ugly words troubled me. One day I asked God, “Why did you make me so small?” Now I am a special education teacher who specializes in teaching students with impaired vision. Early ...

  • The Wind at Your Back

    May 3rd, 2017

    I once told someone about my struggles with a habitual sin. I asked for advice and support. The response was, “Well, if you’re a Christian, you shouldn’t have any trouble controlling your demons.” I wanted to scream: “That’s not helpful; nor is it true!” We are Christians because we have ...

  • Every Believer’s Call

    May 2nd, 2017

    As an Upper Room intern who is blind, I have shared laughter and tears with our Braille readers. While I initially contacted them about subscriptions, together we found an unbreakable bond in Christ Jesus. These conversations reminded me that we are called to be a holy priesthood in Christ. But ...

  • Family Faith

    May 1st, 2017

    I became the first Christian in my family, and the joy I found in Jesus Christ led me to speak the good news. But I was rejected by my own family. My sister did not want me to practice my Christian faith in our shared bedroom — no Bible, no ...

  • Diamonds in the Rough

    April 30th, 2017

    One misty, gray morning I went walking with my children just as the rain stopped. We passed an ugly, bare field of roughly mown stubble. Returning some time later, however, we were witnesses to an amazing transformation. The clouds had cleared and the sun was shining. Over the entire field ...

  • Prayer: A Gift of Love

    April 29th, 2017

    During our weekly Bible study at church, one of the members, Edie, asked if anyone would be interested in coming to the prayer group next week. I never gave much thought to joining the group because I don’t consider myself a “prayer warrior.” As I began to think about prayer, ...

  • Flaws and All

    April 28th, 2017

    When I was a freshman in high school, I was diagnosed with an eating disorder. For over two years, I despised my body. In this state it was impossible for me to believe that I had been created in God’s image or that God loved me the way I was. ...

  • Where Is My Focus?

    April 27th, 2017

    During a period of time in my life I felt everything was going wrong. I became depressed and felt hopeless. God and God’s love for me seemed far away. I felt empty. When I shared my situation with my friends in faith, one friend gave me some advice. She challenged ...

  • The Gift of Serving

    April 26th, 2017

    For a couple of years, I co-taught a preschool class while the parents were participating in a Bible study. Each week, a dozen or more three-year-olds gathered in our classroom for two hours of songs, games, and Bible lessons. I went home each week ready for a nap. I also ...

  • Learning to Trust

    April 25th, 2017

    Ten years ago I came home from work one evening to find my home empty of all my possessions. My wife had left me, and I felt empty. I began to question all my relationships, even my relationship with God. After my divorce was finalized, I relocated to the opposite ...