Daily Devotional

My Christian Parents

June 30, 2018

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

My parents raised six children—four sons and two daughters. My mother had one primary ambition in life: she wanted each of us to go to Heaven. She knew that we each had a different personality, and she dealt with us and let...

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June 29, 2018

The Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. – 2 Thessalonians 3:16

Paperwork littered my dining room table—bills, forms, all the things I dreaded dealing with. As I shuffled through them, a wave of despair washed over me. I shouldn't be surprised I'm feeling this way, I thought. It’s perfectly normal for someone whose husband just left her to feel sad. In ...

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Take Out

June 28, 2018

And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. – 1 Kings 17:6

At an early age, Vanessa learned to love hash browns with catsup. She lived just next door to us, and as soon as she learned how to dial my number, she would often call and ask if I...

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Gone Fishing

June 27, 2018

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. – Matthew 4:19

During the summer my family and I enjoyed a relaxing vacation in sunny Florida. We spent time with my father, who is an avid fisherman. It seems to me that Dad knows everything there is to know about fishing.

One hot and sunny morning, my father, my children, and I decided to go fishing. Dad hand-picked...

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June 26, 2018

Forbearing one another in love. – Ephesians 4:2

One definition of forbearing is controlling oneself when provoked. Forbearance is related to forgiveness, but often pertains to less serious offenses where perhaps the offending party is not even aware of his negative behavior. For example, on the school bus that I drive, some of the high school students are so...

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Preparations of the Bride

June 25, 2018

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. – Revelation 19:7

It’s the day before the wedding and confusion reigns. The bride’s mother has given the father of the bride a long list of errands that require driving here and there, picking up tables, chairs, barbeques, and a...

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Sinking Sand

June 24, 2018

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. – Psalm 40:2

When I read today’s focus verse, it reminded me of an adventure from a family vacation trip not long ago. We were driving along a deserted gravel road on the eastern slopes of the California Sierras. Discovering we had gone past...

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Blessings from Trials

June 23, 2018

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

When I moved to Portland,Oregon, many years ago, I endured a very distressing trial. I was young, saved, and had received my other Christian experiences, but during that time I learned that being a Christian does not exclude us from hard circumstances....

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Snow Expectations

June 22, 2018

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. – 1 Corinthians 2:9

Recently, my husband and I drove up into the mountains with our two children to play in the snow. Our two-year-old daughter had never seen snow except in pictures. She could...

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Yard Sale!

June 21, 2018

But godliness with contentment is great gain. – 1 Timothy 6:6

The carpet in our Sunday school department was very worn. It definitely needed replacing, but finances were scarce, so we got together with the rest of the church folks and held a yard sale at the church parking lot. We gathered all the items that we no longer used, needed, or wanted, stashed ...

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