Devotional Archives

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...