Daily Devotional

A Time to Weep

September 8, 2016

A time to weep, and a time to laugh. – Ecclesiastes 3:4

Fresh from the donut shop, I was savoring my cup of coffee and treat early in the morning. I had some work to do on the roof of the church, so I set my breakfast on a landing at the top of the stairs and proceeded to carry my tools up to the roof. As I stepped out on ...

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Why Not Ask?

September 7, 2016

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. – Matthew 7:7

The knock on my door came on a frantic Sunday morning. I had put dinner in the oven for company, and was hurriedly trying to get myself ready for church. My husband had gone on ahead with my parents, who were visiting from out of town. “Is that...

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Magnetic Personality

September 6, 2016

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. – John 12:32

Early last spring, I transplanted a large peony from the side of our house to a flowerbed in our backyard. After a few days, I realized I had planted it in such a way that all of the leaves were facing away from the yard—when we walked outside, all we could see ...

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How Is Your Heart?

September 5, 2016

Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men). – 2 Chronicles 6:30

When I was growing up, we always had chickens on our farm. One year, Mom and Dad bought huge incubators and filled the small living area of our house with them. We...

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Our Avenger

September 4, 2016

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. – Romans 12:19

In a physical education course, our class divided up for a scrub football game. Being tall and thin, I was no candidate for a football team, much less a lineman, which is where I ended up. I do not know why, but before the...

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Not Looking Back

September 3, 2016

And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. – Luke 9:62

When my children were small, one of their favorite stories was about a mischievous monkey named Curious George. Curious George lived in a zoo, but one day he got out of his cage and ran to the outside world. He was finally free and...

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Measured Success

September 2, 2016

They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. – Jeremiah 6:14

When I first heard the phrase, “measured success,” it seemed like an oxymoron. Success means “accomplishing a purpose,” so anything short of accomplishment is simply not success. This contradiction seemed especially obvious when someone said we had “measured success” in fixing a leak in...

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Difficulties or Opportunities?

September 1, 2016

Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. – James 5:20

Some years ago, my wife and I were in Portland for camp meeting when we were called home suddenly because our upstairs bathroom had sprung a leak and flooded much of our house. We found ourselves facing a huge clean-up...

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The Good Report

August 31, 2016

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? – Isaiah 53:1

When gold was discovered in the Klondike in Alaska, the news traveled around the world. Men traded everything they had for tools to dig out of the cold, hard ground the treasure they thought might be buried there. Others panned the frigid waters for a fortune that might be claimed....

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Expect and Be Ready

August 30, 2016

FOCUS Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. – Matthew 25:13

Having been a widow for more than seven years now, I often enjoy spending time with friends. On a recent occasion, I had a nice dinner at a restaurant with a good friend, and afterwards we went out into the rainy night toward my car. Suddenly, a man stepped out...

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