Daily Devotional

Refreshing Water

February 1, 2017

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. – Isaiah 41:17

Growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the 1940s, we never quite became used to the hot, sticky summers. The upstairs of our home was so hot at night that we children would take...

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What Is in a Name?

January 31, 2017

He calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. – John 10:3

When I moved to another part of the country, I was nervous that I would never remember people’s names in my new home church. To help myself, I repeated names right after I heard them, and often made a disclaimer that I would probably forget it a few minutes later. With time and patience on...

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A Bridal Shower

January 30, 2017

And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness. – Hosea 2:19-20

Plans are underway for a bridal shower. This is the occasion when friends and family of the bride-to-be gather in her honor and bring gifts to be used in her new home. The...

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A Relentless Enemy

January 29, 2017

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7

One of my favorite hobbies is to feed wild birds. Even when I go on vacation, I make sure someone comes and fills up my birdfeeders so the birds are not forgotten. One year, my husband decided it would be easier and less messy to store our birdfeed in a large, thirty-two-gallon ...

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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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