Devotional Archives

  • Serving Quietly

    February 8th, 2017

    My husband, Bill, is naturally curious and observant, which contributes to his being a quick study. He’s never been afraid to try to fix anything. He fondly recalls working alongside “Uncle” Walter, a family friend, on run-down cars in a nearby garage as a youth. Bill remembers testing, probing, adjusting, ...

  • Set Free

    February 7th, 2017

    Israel awaited a messiah that they knew would one day come to liberate them. Jesus shocks the people in the synagogue saying, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” In other words, Today is the day of your liberation . Jesus’ words are still true today; his task as ...

  • Walking With Me

    February 6th, 2017

    My husband and I are enjoying watching our 11-month-old son, Adam, learn to walk. Every day, we take him by the hand, lift him up, and guide him as he takes a few cautious steps. We are always careful to direct him toward a safe destination, making sure that he ...

  • Listening to God or Goliath?

    February 5th, 2017

    When David fought Goliath, he had a choice. He could believe either the taunts of Goliath or the promises of God. Replying to the Philistine with today’s verse, David chose God — and Goliath lost his head. Every day, we have choices about what messages we will believe: those that ...

  • New Purpose

    February 4th, 2017

    We were on holiday in York, a beautiful, historic city in Northern England, filled with overhanging Elizabethan buildings, Georgian and Victorian houses, medieval churches, city walls, and Roman remains. During our stay, we observed workmen restoring an old building nearby. Workers came early each morning and set about unloading supplies ...

  • Three to Thirty

    February 3rd, 2017

    A school nurse approached our church about providing backpacks filled with food items for a few local schools to send home each Friday with students who would likely have nothing to eat on the weekend. After a few weeks, more schools were calling and asking for backpacks. What began with ...

  • In God’s Hands

    February 2nd, 2017

    Several years ago, my thirteen-year-old daughter needed back surgery to straighten her spine. The diagnosis terrified us. The curve in her back was extensive, and the surgery would be long. During the surgery, my husband and I prayed with family and friends. About four hours into it, a friend came ...

  • To Heal a Broken Heart

    February 1st, 2017

    We have an old beagle named Shorty. He wandered onto our land seventeen years ago. He’d been abused, judging by the way he made a hasty retreat the moment any of us came close to him. Yet he became an instant friend to our dog, Ollie, and thus became a ...

  • Taste and See

    January 31st, 2017

    When I asked about the growing popularity of gator-tail cuisine, people often said, “It tastes like chicken.” However, when I thought of an alligator, I could not imagine that any part of it would taste good, let alone “like chicken.” After a trusted co-worker tried the exotic dish at a ...

  • Treasure in the Heart

    January 30th, 2017

    My daughter wanted to redecorate her room, which was cluttered with souvenirs and childhood toys. As I helped her get rid of the stuff and decorate with color-coordinated curtains and bedding, my spirit was lifted by such a clean and orderly room! Her desk now had room for flowers and ...