Daily Devotional

Removing Weeds

January 18, 2017

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. – 2 Peter 3:18

 I inherited a love for flowers from my parents. Mom was always planting something new outside and Dad faithfully brought fresh blooms inside the house. Every spring, we would buy different varieties to plant, and soon our flowerbeds would be full of bright colors. Through my love of...

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The Value of Patience

January 17, 2017

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. – James 5:7

Human beings are not born patient. Babies seem to exhibit the least amount of patience—I have seen a baby cry between bites of food because Mom was not fast enough with the spoon! On the other hand, that mother’s patience has surely been tested as well by her child, and will be again...

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Help When We Need It

January 16, 2017

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2

Since we moved to our new home, we have a beautiful deck facing a range of hills. While sitting there looking at the scenery, I feel especially close to God. I can recall many times when my help came from “the...

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God’s Footprints

January 15, 2017

The clouds are the dust of his feet. – Nahum 1:3

Have you ever gone mountain hiking, and once you arrived at the top, felt incredibly small compared to the landmass you had just climbed? Or maybe standing next to the vast ocean has made you feel like a tiny speck on the earth? I remember my first experience of being on a flight when the...

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A Mother’s Prayers

January 14, 2017

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers. – 1 Peter 3:12

Growing up, I was blessed with Christian parents. I did not give my life to God right away, but I am thankful for a mother who prayed for her children. She became a Christian before I can remember, and I was the recipient of her prayers from that time...

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Think About It

January 13, 2017

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. – Joshua 1:8

The woman sat in the middle of the living room with her legs crossed in a yoga position. Her eyes were closed and...

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An Ordinary Day

January 12, 2017

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. – Romans 8:14

Coming out of our back hallway, I pushed the button to raise the garage door as I made my way outside to pick up the daily newspaper. The garage door groaned and creaked as it opened, revealing a beautiful, sunny summer morning. Wait, where was the paper? I started ...

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A Big Object Lesson

January 11, 2017

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. – Hebrews 13:5

Our front driveway adjoins that of our neighbor as the two reach our cul-de-sac. In their driveway, generally there sits a nice-looking, late-model pickup truck—big enough to safely pull their large fifth-wheel trailer. For some time, parked in our...

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Planted and Growing

January 10, 2017

But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. – Matthew 13:23

One day some years ago, when my children were small, they brought home some seeds. I do not recall where they got them, but they wanted to see what would grow. We agreed that...

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A Hiding Place

January 9, 2017

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. – Psalm 32:7

On many occasions as I was growing up, the children around our neighborhood would get together to play. Sometimes it was a game of dodge ball in our front yard—we had a nice corner lot. Other times, there were water fights with water balloons, buckets, or...

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