Daily Devotional

Prepared!

October 22, 2020

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. – Luke 12:35-36

Many of us have experienced that moment of embarrassment which occurs when a visitor arrives at our home unannounced and we are unprepared for company. ...

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A Thorough Cleaning

October 21, 2020

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. – Psalm 51:2

Spray, spray, scrub, scrub. On my knees I worked, trying to get the stains out of my carpet. Some were new; some had been there for months. I could not stand it any longer! With a little prayer and a lot of scrubbing, the carpet finally looked much better. Whew! What a...

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Wiggle Room

October 20, 2020

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. – 2 Corinthians 3:17

Since I was late for church, I took a seat in one of the back rows. Sitting there, I could see to the far end of a nearby pew and watch one of the young mothers wrestling her eight-month-old son. He was very active, but I was impressed by how she held him....

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Sheep

October 19, 2020

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:27

In his growing up years, my husband raised sheep. When we were first married, we visited his parents, and I found myself doing something I had never dreamed I would do: wrestling with sheep! I helped hold them still while they were administered shots, or while my husband clipped their hooves....

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Fear Not

October 18, 2020

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. – Isaiah 43:1

The most ferocious member among the occupants of our Minnesota barnyard was a huge, red rooster that “ruled the roost.” At five years of age, I feared that creature more...

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Sleepiness

October 17, 2020

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. – Matthew 26:41

As a mom, after a particularly hectic day and evening, I sometimes fall into bed exhausted—too tired to read my Bible, but determined to get up early enough to commune with the Lord before another hectic day begins. Then there are the mornings when nothing seems ...

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I Just Know, That’s All

October 16, 2020

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:4

 I was working on writing a devotional when a little girl came up and asked me if she could help. I asked, “Can you write a devotional?” Her reply, “Yes, I can.” This is the devotional she wrote:

I asked her how she knew that. “I just...

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God Gave Me Peace

October 15, 2020

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. – 1 Peter 5:7

Over thirty years ago, I gave birth to premature twins. They made their entrance into this world about ten weeks before they were scheduled to arrive. Rachel was born first, and the doctor had to work with her before she gave the first weak little cry. Robert was born a very wiry...

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A New Home

October 14, 2020

Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. – Matthew 6:8

We had been renting a house for several months after relocating to a new city. Then, the time finally came when a house of our own was on the horizon. We were considering having a house built for us, and as we made decisions about carpeting, light fixtures, appliances, and the...

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In Line with God

October 13, 2020

And when I shall put thee out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give her light. – Ezekiel 32:7

My husband ran to grab his binoculars, and then he called for everyone to hurry outside the house to the deck. As I joined him, dusk was seeping in and we could see...

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