Daily Devotional

A Soft Heart

January 21, 2020

I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 11:19

At eighteen years old, I went to work for a clothing manufacturer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Unsaved at that time, I worked under a supervisor who treated me very unkindly, and as a result I developed a terrible hatred toward her. Going to work each day was difficult ...

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Remember His Strong and Mighty Hand

January 20, 2020

And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread. – Exodus 12:8

My early attempts at making bread were not too successful. In part, that was because I did not allow enough time for the dough to rise properly. When working with yeast, you have to plan ahead. You cannot just mix the dough and then bake it unless you...

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Childhood House

January 19, 2020

For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. – Hebrews 3:4

Although it was familiar, it also looked so different! That was my impression when I revisited the home I had been raised in. As the current owner gave me a tour, I noticed that the house was weathered by time and that many changes had occurred, but...

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Such As I Have

January 18, 2020

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee. – Acts 3:6

There is a lady in the home-school group I belong to whose name is Robin. Robin can do anything—and I mean anything! And she can do it better than the rest of us, too. For example, when Robin makes cookies, she makes the most intricate, time-consuming creations you ...

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Who Occupies Your Heart?

January 17, 2020

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7

An instructor at a Christian academy was well known for his peaceful, serene demeanor. Several of his students took notice of their instructor, and they determined to know the secret to his calmness. One day the students approached him and asked, “We are harassed by many ...

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The Pride Pit

January 16, 2020

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18

While setting up the game board, my eight-year-old grandnephew advised me that he was really good at this game and was going to beat me! I enjoyed his childish confidence and was more than willing for him to win. However, after he reminded me several more times of how good he was at...

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Living in Anticipation

January 15, 2020

Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. – Matthew 24:44

At a routine doctor’s appointment five weeks before our second child was to be born, my physician made a startling announcement. I needed to prepare for an imminent arrival—it looked like baby could be born at any moment!

The relaxed pace of...

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Where Are You?

January 14, 2020

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? – Genesis 3:9

Have you ever tried to find a specific store in a shopping mall? If you go to the mall’s map, the first step is to find the dot labeled, You Are Here. You have to know where you are before you can find out how to get...

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Sticking with It

January 13, 2020

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. – 1 Corinthians 15:58

It is not easy to learn to play the piano. And yes, I know whereof I speak! In our family, piano lessons began at age seven, and they did not stop when the...

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Looking Glass

January 12, 2020

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. – James 1:23-24

 A man dashed toward the door, glancing at himself in the mirror on his way out. His hair was not combed and his clothes were...

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