Devotional Archives

  • GOOD FRIDAY

    April 14th, 2017

    Each year when my husband and I planted corn, we marveled as the kernels we planted would grow and become stalks with many ears of corn, each ear with many kernels on it. It was something we could depend on. Jesus taught about this principle after his triumphal entry, in ...

  • A Secure Grip

    April 13th, 2017

    When I was young, my family went walking in the forests of Hogsback, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. To get to the top of the slope, we first had to scramble up a steep, muddy path next to a big waterfall. My dad suggested that we should hold ...

  • The Path of Mercy

    April 12th, 2017

    Many people know the story of the good Samaritan and his compassion for the man who was in crisis. I find it interesting that the verb in today’s quoted verse is “showed.” It doesn’t say “the one who spoke about mercy” but rather the one who actively “showed him mercy.” ...

  • Testing the Pond

    April 11th, 2017

    Growing up, my brothers and I loved to skate and play hockey on the frozen pond near our house. Finding out when it was solid enough to skate on was quite a process. When the temperature began to drop, we would bundle up and visit the pond to check the ...

  • Strength from God

    April 10th, 2017

    As a part of my personal ministry, I volunteer at a local prison, and I am humbled to be around the men of F Block. Many of the men there have lost almost everything: their families, their jobs, their homes, and their reputations. But they have not lost the love ...

  • Palm Sunday

    April 9th, 2017

    For ten years my husband has participated in international triathlon events called Ironman. People from all over the world gather to complete a journey of 140.6 miles. They have 17 hours to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles. Though the best athletes in the world take ...

  • The Peace of God

    April 8th, 2017

    A few months ago I flew in a small plane. As the plane moved down the runway and began to gain altitude, I noticed the change in cabin pressure. Feeling slightly fearful, I started to pray: “Please, no turbulence. May this be a peaceful flight.” Life can be like that ...

  • Pray a Happy Prayer

    April 7th, 2017

    As my daughter neared the end of her long and difficult battle with cancer, her husband and her father and I were often at her bedside. I’m sure our prayers reflected the sadness we felt, anticipating the separation we knew was coming. But one day our daughter said, “Mom, pray ...

  • My Worst Day

    April 6th, 2017

    On the worst day of my mission work in Africa, I woke up early to drive several hours into the bush. I got lost multiple times before finally finding the church where I was scheduled to teach. Even though I was late, I waited several hours while the congregation slowly ...

  • Leftovers

    April 5th, 2017

    I often serve my family leftovers to save myself a little time. The original meal is usually delicious. But when I serve the leftovers several days later, I sometimes feel that I haven’t given my best. I sometimes serve myself spiritual leftovers as well. I fit God in, instead of ...