Daily Devotional

The Best of All There Is

December 31, 2016

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. – Isaiah 41:10

Reminiscing over the past year, several occasions stand out in my mind. I chuckle as I remember a surprise birthday party my sister threw for me, which really surprised me! My...

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Invisible Support

December 30, 2016

For he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. – Hebrews 11:27

One day when I was a young boy, my father and I were doing lawn maintenance at the home of a local attorney. His children and a friend had been swimming. After they pulled into the driveway, I noticed that the friend threw his swimming flippers over the car as he went into the house, and...

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Return from Failure

December 29, 2016

Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. – Jeremiah 3:22

On my brother’s sixteenth birthday, he was so excited. He had big plans to go to the DMV and get his driver’s license as soon as school was over, and then later on our family would go to one of his favorite places for dinner and watch a movie that he had been anticipating for...

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A Growing Garden

December 28, 2016

And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred. – Mark 4:20

For the first time in my life, I planted a full garden this past spring. I included fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, melons, and strawberries. My favorite has been the tomatoes—whether you consider them...

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Continual Praise

December 27, 2016

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. – Psalm 34:1

The weekend retreat surpassed my expectations. The cottage I stayed in was only a few blocks from a shore scattered with seashells and other beachcomber’s treasures. The backyard was surrounded by firs and flowers of every color. Deer, small rabbits, and squirrels feasted right outside the floor-to-ceiling glass windows....

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Yours and Mine

December 26, 2016

And all that believed were together, and had all things common. – Acts 2:44

When my grandson was three, his attention was captured during a visit to the toy department by a bright yellow plastic chainsaw that made a sound just like a real one. He begged his mom to buy it for him, but there were two little boys in the family and it would have been...

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More than Enough

December 25, 2016

Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you. – 1 Samuel 12:24

In my family, I am the youngest of ten children, and my father died when I was four years old. He had acquired a lot of land during the Great Depression, but he was getting elderly by the time I was born and could...

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God’s Good Gifts

December 24, 2016

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. – James 1:17

A woman from my church took her Christmas catalog and studied it, trying to come up with gift ideas for her family. There were lots of choices, most beyond her budget, but she did see things that were appealing for each of...

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Fit for a King

December 23, 2016

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. – Matthew 2:11

Another baby is about to arrive! Over the past several months, there have been a number of beautiful babies born, and to celebrate, a shower is given. I...

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Small Details

December 22, 2016

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5

For Christmas last year, I received a purse-size bottle of hand sanitizer. One push of the pump sprays a light anti-bacterial mist to get rid of the germs on your hands, and the convenient size allows you to take it anywhere. It seemed very practical, and I soon tossed it ...

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