Daily Devotional

Staying Home with Jesus

August 10, 2018

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. – Psalm 4:8

Not long ago, my husband had to be out of town for several days to attend the wedding of our nephew. While I would have liked to go along, the details just didn’t fall into place. With four children recently starting new schools, it didn’t seem...

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Overcoming

August 9, 2018

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony. – Revelation 12:11

In most of our church services, a time is set aside for the “redeemed of the Lord” to stand to their feet and give their testimonies. We hear about many wonderful things that God has done for the individuals who want to give their testimonies publicly, and it is a...

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Trees Shall Clap Their Hands

August 8, 2018

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh. – Jeremiah 17:7-8

One popular choice for landscaping in our region is the juniper bush, a shrub that remains green all year. It provides ...

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Our First Priority

August 7, 2018

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

As I was bustling around the church trying to get things done, I wondered how I would accomplish everything. I was tired and feeling a little cranky. There was so much to be done. There were props to set up, decorations to hang, people to talk to....

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It’s My Move

August 6, 2018

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith. – Hebrews 10:22

About a year ago, my husband and I decided that it was time to add a new kitten to our household. Checking with our local pet shop, I was given the phone number of a family seeking a good home for two kittens. Standing outside their fenced yard, I held a mewing fur ball ...

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One God

August 5, 2018

One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. – Ephesians 4:6

It has been said that God without man is still God, but man without God is nothing. How true this is! God was, is, and always will be God.

As you drive through your city, you may see statues of various gods. These shrines have been built as different cultures...

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Favor and Beauty

August 4, 2018

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. – Proverbs 31:30

Growing up on a farm in a large family, there were very few occasions that our mother chose to hire a babysitter. For one thing, babysitters cost money, and also the size of our family was a challenge. Occasionally, though, to our delight, Stella came to our...

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Our Helper

August 3, 2018

The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. – Psalm 116:6

When we were first married, my husband always took care of the maintenance of our vacuum cleaner. If a belt broke, he replaced the dangling belt with a new one. If the bag became stuffed to overflowing, he replaced it. Observing his diligent undertaking from a distance, I thought...

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Thumbs

August 2, 2018

For the body is not one member, but many. – 1 Corinthians 12:14

We really don’t think about our thumbs until something happens to them, and then they are on our minds continually! I recently injured my thumb, and quickly realized just how important it is—especially if it really hurts when I try to use it. Our thumbs help our fingers to work, and they are much...

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Growing Tools

August 1, 2018

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. – Ephesians 4:14

Recently, my oldest granddaughter asked her mother, “Don’t you think I should start wearing more grown-up clothes?” There have been many other questions and statements of the same type...

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