Daily Devotional

What a Difference!

April 30, 2018

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

The other day, I answered a phone call meant for my sister who was out of town. I hardly recognized the voice on the other end. It was my uncle calling to thank her for an article she had written about his late...

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Only You, Lord

April 29, 2018

In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me. – Psalm 86:7

Every Saturday morning, I tune in to a local talk-radio station and pick up advice from “The Garden Doctor” and “Mr. Fix-it.” I try to put all the helpful advice I hear to good use. When my children were very young, I would ask other mothers for advice on potty training ...

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God’s Checklist

April 28, 2018

Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. – Luke 12:40

As I prepared to go on vacation, I tried to make sure I was packing everything my family would need. The checklist I had prepared weeks in advance made the process of packing very efficient. I did not have to stand around trying to think of what might be...

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Digging Ditches

April 27, 2018

And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. – 2 Kings 3:16

 I used to live in a part of the country where irrigation was necessary for crop production, and ditches were an integral part of the system. Water flowed along a main artery and into a network of smaller branches that carried the water into every part of the field....

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Lost Opportunity

April 26, 2018

A true witness delivereth souls. – Proverbs 14:25

My sister and I were at McDonald’s for a breakfast biscuit and coffee. While waiting for our order, a man who was also waiting started talking to me. He began by asking my age! Can you imagine a total stranger asking a lady her age? I had turned seventy-three only a few weeks before and felt blessed to have...

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Random Acts of Kindness

April 25, 2018

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. – Hebrews 13:16

On our morning walks, my husband and I stop at the local store to rest and enjoy a cup of coffee with neighbors. Because we are older, they consider us special guests and treat us to a seat at the first table. Many times, when we are later than usual,...

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Another Look

April 24, 2018

I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. – Psalm 119:162

On a warm summer afternoon, I worked my way down a row of bush beans, lifting and pushing the sticky leaves out of my way as I looked for beans that were big enough to harvest. I had already been down the row, but after a closer look I realized that I had missed almost ...

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My Ticket

April 23, 2018

And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1 John 2:1-2

Recently I was given a speeding ticket after being clocked going eleven miles per hour over the speed limit. I was coming out of a speed zone that...

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Fear Is a Choice

April 22, 2018

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

As I walked past a public bus one evening, an advertisement on its side caught my attention. It read: “Danger is real, fear is a choice.” Immediately I started pondering the statement. In general, it is true that the world has become a dangerous place....

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A Family Resemblance

April 21, 2018

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. – Matthew 5:48

My first great-nephew was born last week. As family members and friends came to congratulate the parents and to welcome this precious new member of our clan, one conversational thread was repeated at nearly every visit: Who does the baby look like? My brother, the new (and first-time) grandfather, carried...

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