Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Deuteronomy 21:1 through 22:30

January 23, 2021

“Thou shalt not see thy brother’s ox or his sheep go astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case bring them again unto thy brother.” (Deuteronomy 22:1)

It was always funny to receive a phone call letting us know that our pigs were downtown. No, this was not a big city. Downtown consisted of a gas station, restaurant, general store, and a couple other businesses. I worked at a farm supply store...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 19:1 through 20:20

January 22, 2021

“As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbor to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of those cities, and live.” (Deuteronomy 19:5)

Have you ever felt like “fleeing” to a place of refuge? Perhaps life has been a little stressful and you...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 16:18 through 18:22

January 21, 2021

“Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.” (Deuteronomy 16:18)

A few years ago, my husband and I visited our nation’s capital for a mini-vacation. We had been there once before, but only passing through. This time, we toured the city and visited numerous sights of interest. Although my husband is not originally...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 15:1 through 16:17

January 20, 2021

“Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the Lord thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the Lord shall choose to place his name there. Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 13:1 through 14:29

January 19, 2021

“And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the Lord may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers.” (Deuteronomy 13:17)

I could not sleep. Memories spun through my head, filling my heart with sadness. Anna and I were good friends. We had many things in common — our personalities clicked. We had shared...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 10:12 through 12:32

January 18, 2021

“And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)

Do you remember when you first tried to hit...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 9:1 through 10:11

January 17, 2021

“Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the Lord thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord doth drive them out from before thee.” (Deuteronomy 9:4)

“Please? Please, Daddy? Can I help make the macaroni?” It was a familiar plea our little girl was making, but this day was different....

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 7:1 through 8:20

January 16, 2021

“All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers.” (Deuteronomy 8:1)

One afternoon, our eighth grade home economics class was divided into groups of four and instructed to follow a recipe. No problem, I thought — until we started. One of us wrote down the recipe, one gathered ingredients, etc. We all...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 5:1 through 6:25

January 15, 2021

“And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.” (Deuteronomy 5:1)

To “hear” means much more than to simply be aware of an auditory sound. How many times children hear their parents’ voices but simply ignore them, either because they are preoccupied or merely not interested in what is being...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 4:1- 49

January 14, 2021

“Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee. For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.” (Deuteronomy 4:23-24)

Have you ever thought the word jealous could have a positive connotation? Consider one of its meanings: “very watchful in guarding.”...

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