Daily Devotional

Pray without Ceasing

December 3, 2017

Ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:15-17

It seems the days fly by so fast, and that I am forever running. Drop the kids at daycare, hurry to work, then pick up the kids and take them to their practices. Dinner! I rush to the store and stare at the shelves, hoping...

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Consecrated Praises

December 2, 2017

Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. – Hebrews 2:12

This morning, I heard a church choir singing a song of praise to the Lord on the radio. It instantly reminded me of camp meeting and other times when I have been with a crowd of people lifting their voices in praise to the Lord. It also...

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Clouds

December 1, 2017

And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. – Romans 4:21

One cloudy day in November, the airplane in which I sat took off from Medford, Oregon, bound for Los Angeles, California. The weather in Medford had been cloudy and the skies gray for many days, perhaps weeks. Then the plane soared upward and passed through the thick bank of clouds...

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Never Give Up

November 30, 2017

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. – Galatians 6:9

"Never give up, never give up. Never give up to your sorrows, Jesus will bid them depart.” Those were the words that were going through my mind this morning just before my alarm clock went off. As I lay in bed pondering the message...

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Open Communication

November 29, 2017

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. – 1 John 3:21-22

Some years ago, my husband and I bought an old house that had been built in 1906. Renovation was not a luxury; it was a necessity! One of the many jobs...

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Traditions

November 28, 2017

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. – Colossians 2:8

When I was growing up, there were six of us children in our little Minnesota cabin, and our diet was simple farm food. We seldom lacked for eggs, milk, or meat. When Mother made pancakes, we often had good country bacon, cured...

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 22:1-53

November 27, 2017

“And the king said unto him, How many times shall I adjure thee that thou tell me nothing but that which is true in the name of the Lord?” (1 Kings 22:16)

Walking back to my room from college classes one day years ago, the song that popped into my heart at the sight of the beautiful sunshine was, “Heavenly Sunlight.” For a few seconds I let the song linger, enjoying the melody; but then the...

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 21:1-29

November 26, 2017

“And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.” (1 Kings 21:4)

My two-year-old granddaughter is a typically happy, enthusiastic child — most of the time. Occasionally, however, when things are not going her...

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 20:1-43

November 25, 2017

“And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the Lord, Because the Syrians have said, The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” (1 Kings 20:28)

One night, not long after starting work on a new shift, I began...

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Daybreak: 1 Kings 19:1-21

November 24, 2017

“And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after...

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