Devotional Archives

  • Our Song

    September 11th, 1997

    What a delight it is to see the house wren with its saucy, upturned tail and friendly, conversational song! One spring evening I was sitting on the porch with my friend whose husband had died several months earlier. While we were talking about him and recalling how much he had ...

  • A Challenging Question

    September 10th, 1997

    A friend once greeted me by saying, "Hi. How's God treating you?" "Just fine," I replied. Then he asked, "And how are you treating God?" That challenging question stopped me in my tracks. It reminded me that our relationship with God is a two-way alliance. Each day God pours out ...

  • Resisting Temptation

    September 9th, 1997

    Many years ago when I was a teenager, I was a lifeguard and swimming teacher at the local swimming pool. My boss was an endearing man whom we called "Coach." He had a way with people that made them feel safe and secure. I remember his telling me that while ...

  • Help from an Unexpected Place

    September 8th, 1997

    In early May of 1989, my eight-year-old daughter, Megan, was in a hurry. The next day was her younger sister Emily's seventh birthday, and we speculate Megan was going to buy a present for her. She darted into the street in front of our home, was hit by a car, ...

  • The Call

    September 7th, 1997

    The pastor seemed to be looking straight into my soul when he said, "In the next 12 months many people in our community will die without knowing Christ. How many of those will have lived within five miles of this church?" On those words, the service closed. All afternoon I ...

  • Outward Wound, Inner Pain

    September 6th, 1997

    The swelling of my right eyebrow had brought painful trouble in my heart. I felt deep resentment toward the four drunk young men who had attacked me cruelly the day before, and I began to plot revenge. As I continued to weigh this painful matter, my most loved mother hen ...

  • Knowing God

    September 5th, 1997

    I once attended an organ recital at our local church. As I sat waiting for the performance to begin, I perused the program. There were a lot of titles printed there, German and French words that I could neither pronounce nor translate. In the back of the program was a ...

  • Free But Not Cheap

    September 4th, 1997

    In the summer of 1990, I married a United States citizen and came to live in the United States. However, I discovered quickly that life here is totally different from life in the Philippines. One of my adjustments was to receiving enormous amounts of mail. This "junk mail" fascinated me. ...

  • Thy Will Be Done

    September 3rd, 1997

    PRAying the Lord's Prayer has always been an important part of my prayer life. It seems to be the perfect prayer, the prayer that Jesus himself taught us. Yet there came a time when I could not pray the Lord's Prayer. I had just had an operation to repair a ...

  • The Kitchen Stoop

    September 2nd, 1997

    Wherever I have lived, I have been blessed to live in a house with steps outside my kitchen door. Perhaps this is not a large blessing as many people identify blessings, but always having a kitchen stoop has been a blessing to me in my spiritual journey. I normally waken ...