Daily Devotional

Joy, Joy, Joy!

March 2, 2018

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10

We have a large family, most of which is serving the Lord. Even then, there are trials to face for...

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A Precious Reassurance

March 1, 2018

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. – Romans 8:16

In Sunday school class recently, an older gentlemen named Norman told about getting saved many years ago when he was a boy of nine. He described riding home from church in a Model T that cold February morning, thinking about telling his dad what had happened to him. Watching...

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Living without Fear

February 28, 2018

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

Fear is a very real emotion. When we were young and impressionable, some of us probably were afraid of the dark. I know I was.

As a little girl, I had a giant-sized bed (or so I thought), and under it was a wide-open space. It...

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As a Little Child

February 27, 2018

Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3

Recently, I have had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with a sixteen-month-old boy named Adam. I have been learning a great deal from him. When I think of Jesus’ admonition that we are to become “as little children,” I am reminded of the qualities I...

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Lost on the Mountain

February 26, 2018

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. – Psalm 121:1

The fall season is a beautiful time in the high country of Eastern Oregon. Over the years, several of my friends and I would get together in this area to enjoy a great time camping and hiking. At the top of the mountain range, we breathed in the crisp, clean air and ...

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Need for Patience

February 25, 2018

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. – Hebrews 10:36

After serving a four-year apprenticeship in the building trade, I ran jobs as a foreman. I also taught in the apprenticeship program, and I enjoyed and appreciated the privilege to share my knowledge with others. I tried to be very explicit in explaining...

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A Fish Story

February 24, 2018

And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. – Mark 1:17

"I go a fishing” is not a casual announcement among my family! A lot of thought, calculating reasons, excuses, and preparation go into every fishing trip. It starts like a sort of illness, with a fever, and rapidly develops into an epidemic! One of my sons will call...

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February 23, 2018

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:13

There was a need, and we had earnestly prayed about it. We had every reason to believe God would pour out a monetary blessing, but He did not. We had a right to a bigger insurance settlement than we were offered—much bigger. It was not fair! We were not expecting ...

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Unanswered Questions

February 22, 2018

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9

When my children were very young, they were full of questions. Once I counted fifty questions they asked as we drove a distance of about a...

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Reach Out to Others

February 21, 2018

That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. – Philemon 1:6

 I wrote a letter to Kate this morning. She is my twenty-two-year-old granddaughter and the only one of our grandchildren who has grown up away from us. We have spent some time with her through the years, but not nearly enough.

Each time we visited our...

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