Daily Devotional

The Finished Product

August 24, 2017

Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place. – Psalm 66:12

It is always a thrill to help out at my daughter’s school. Today was no exception! The lunchroom was buzzing with all sizes of happy students zipping along to their next classes. As the sound diminished, I opened a shiny red cart and...

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Who’s at the Wheel?

August 23, 2017

As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. – John 1:11-12

 A few years ago my family and I made a day trip to Larch Mountain, high up above the beautiful, rugged Columbia River Gorge of the Pacific Northwest. Upon leaving the mountain, we pulled out of the parking lot and began descending a steep and...

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Waiting for His Will

August 22, 2017

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

As I neared the end of my freshman year in college, I needed to decide who would be my roommate for the following year. I prayed and asked the Lord to direct my choice—whether it...

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The Least of These

August 21, 2017

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25:40

Delicious, mouth-watering brownies rest on the polished counter. The house has been scrubbed squeaky clean, a bedroom was lovingly prepared, and even the cat was told of the special...

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Are You Limiting God?

August 20, 2017

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. – Ephesians 3:20

 I love ice cream—any flavor. I like it with chocolate and nuts, berries, and even the less common flavors like pumpkin and bubble gum. And I love it in all the ways it can be served: cones, sundaes, Baked Alaska, Brownie Delight—you name it,...

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Crossing Over

August 19, 2017

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. – Psalm 116:15

Five years ago, my father died. In the days, weeks, and months preceding his death, I had been filled with fear regarding the moment of his passing. I had been to many funerals and seen deceased people before, so that was not at all scary to me. It was the passing from ...

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Are You Connected?

August 18, 2017

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. – Matthew 28:18

The streets were completely black, with only my headlights illuminating the shadowy structures I passed. Even the moon was hidden behind a dark bank of clouds. There was total silence as I drove the last few blocks to my home, and it struck me that something felt different ...

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In His Time

August 17, 2017

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time. – Ecclesiastes 3:11

Microwaves today have many quick, one-step functions. With just the push of a button, you can have corn popped, potatoes baked, or leftovers warmed up. The time and temperature has already been preset into the oven’s design. In our fast and hurried society, these added features are much appreciated. We do not have to think—just read...

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Are You Eating Right?

August 16, 2017

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. – Psalm 5:3

When I was growing up on the farm, my mom would often rise before the sun began to shine over the rolling hills. She would silently take a bucket and meander along the drive to the old apple tree sagging under its...

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A Constant Presence

August 15, 2017

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. – John 14:18

In the first two years of life, children form emotional bonds with their parents or those who have the foremost responsibility for their well-being. To form a healthy emotional, social, and physical foundation, the feelings of safety, security, and love need to be assured, not threatened. For a while, the child equates security with...

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