Daily Devotional

Compelled by Love

May 5, 2018

For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. – Acts 4:20

My husband and I are familiar with only a few of the accommodations available for staying overnight on the coast. We usually look for a room with a good view of the ocean and a path to the beach. On our last trip, rather than go to one of our usual spots, we decided ...

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God’s Intervention

May 4, 2018

The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. – Psalm 34:17

When I was a young person, I moved to Los Angeles, California, with my two sisters. After we arrived and found an apartment, we needed to find work. I discovered that I needed more skills to get a job, so I enrolled in school and learned to operate a telephone...

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Under His Wings

May 3, 2018

O Jerusalem . . . how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!– Matthew 23:37

My family raised chickens when I was growing up. There were times in the early spring when I would hear a little chorus of “cheep, cheep,” and upon investigation, find that some of our hen’s eggs had hatched. The little...

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A Word in Season

May 2, 2018

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. – Isaiah 50:4-5

 A former family doctor of ours is now ninety-two years...

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A Not-So-Ordinary Day

May 1, 2018

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. – Proverbs 15:1

One day I decided to go shopping at a variety store not too far from my home. I was merrily driving through the parking lot when I saw a car coming toward me. I did not think too much about it until I parked my car in one of the spaces, and suddenly a man...

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What a Difference!

April 30, 2018

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17

The other day, I answered a phone call meant for my sister who was out of town. I hardly recognized the voice on the other end. It was my uncle calling to thank her for an article she had written about his late...

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Only You, Lord

April 29, 2018

In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me. – Psalm 86:7

Every Saturday morning, I tune in to a local talk-radio station and pick up advice from “The Garden Doctor” and “Mr. Fix-it.” I try to put all the helpful advice I hear to good use. When my children were very young, I would ask other mothers for advice on potty training ...

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God’s Checklist

April 28, 2018

Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not. – Luke 12:40

As I prepared to go on vacation, I tried to make sure I was packing everything my family would need. The checklist I had prepared weeks in advance made the process of packing very efficient. I did not have to stand around trying to think of what might be...

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Digging Ditches

April 27, 2018

And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. – 2 Kings 3:16

 I used to live in a part of the country where irrigation was necessary for crop production, and ditches were an integral part of the system. Water flowed along a main artery and into a network of smaller branches that carried the water into every part of the field....

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Lost Opportunity

April 26, 2018

A true witness delivereth souls. – Proverbs 14:25

My sister and I were at McDonald’s for a breakfast biscuit and coffee. While waiting for our order, a man who was also waiting started talking to me. He began by asking my age! Can you imagine a total stranger asking a lady her age? I had turned seventy-three only a few weeks before and felt blessed to have...

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