Daily Devotional

Paying Attention

January 28, 2017

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life. – Deuteronomy 4:9

Not long ago, a friend and I went canoeing. Canoeing is a lot of fun, but it can also be a lot of work. As my friend and I paddled our way down the river, we were...

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Maintain Your Joy

January 27, 2017

This day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10

 A man who comes to our church is known for being joyful. He is not only a “morning person,” but also a “mid-day person,” an “evening person,” and a “night person.” His cheerful attitude is truly impressive. The year before last, his family went through...

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Nothing but the Truth

January 26, 2017

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. – Ephesians 4:25

 I have always wanted to be called for jury duty. When I hear about others being called, it makes me curious as to why I have never received a notice in the mail telling me that my services are required. My husband, who is not even a United States citizen, ...

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Cleaning House

January 25, 2017

The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. – Job 17:9

Recently, I moved into a new place. It took a while to unpack all my belongings and buy the items my new home was lacking, but within just a couple of weeks I felt settled. Then, I cleaned the whole house from top to bottom, and it was just...

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The Seat of the Scornful

January 24, 2017

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. – Psalm 1:1

Recently, before leaving for work in the morning, I prayed that I would live so that my coworkers could see Christ in my life. Shortly after that, I read Psalm 1. This chapter was certainly not new to me—in fact,...

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A Scrawny Little Runt

January 23, 2017

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. – Hebrews 7:25

He was nothing but a scrawny runt of a rooster; even his tiny comb grew at a strange angle. He obviously would not even amount to something worth cooking for dinner. All he would ever do was eat the chicken feed we...

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Is Jesus Lord of Your Home?

January 22, 2017

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15

As the new apartment complex came into view, I slowed down to get a good look at it. I had watched its progress for several months. Trees had been cut, stumps had been cleared, and the foundation had been poured. Then walls went up and the roof went on. Now, dwellings with ...

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Ultimate Protection

January 21, 2017

The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD. – Proverbs 21:31

By nature, some people are very concerned with safety. Some build high walls around their homes, buy several locks for their doors, or purchase alarm systems that will notify the police in the event of a break-in. Others worry about financial security. Individuals spend much effort trying to determine the...

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Don’t Forget Your Part!

January 20, 2017

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. – Luke 10:42

An acquaintance of mine is involved in local stage productions of musical and theatrical plays. She once related an experience to me that was both comical and quite embarrassing. Typically, my friend’s role is to sing in choruses or ensembles and participate on the stage as ...

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God Sees the Heart

January 19, 2017

For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7

My daughter had recently moved into a new home, so before my husband and I visited her, I laid out some items I thought she could use. I put them in a kitchen trash bag and set it by the garage door. When I noticed...

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