Daily Devotional

I Have Learned

January 6, 2020

For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. – Philippians 4:11

Today’s focus verse is an amazing statement. The Apostle Paul was speaking of having learned contentment, and no doubt he went through some difficult experiences to learn that lesson. For most of us, however, when it comes to the lessons the Lord teaches us, it would probably be more appropriate to...

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The Sweet Ways of the Lord

January 5, 2020

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. – Psalm 19:9-10

What fun my young grandchildren and I have when we get to spend time together! One of the things they love best is learning to blow bubblegum with Grandma. They watch...

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Experience

January 4, 2020

Knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope. – Romans 5:3-4

It has been said that there is no substitute for experience. It is true that some things can only be fully understood by going through them. Life offers many experiences; however, most of them are not without a cost.

One time when I was visiting an elderly lady from our congregation, I noticed that she had some...

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The Only Way

January 3, 2020

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:14

My wife and I live in a small town, and several times a year we find ourselves traveling over four hours to visit a larger city for special events. We have learned that there are several routes that we can take to get there. We do...

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The Old Piano

January 2, 2020

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. – Colossians 3:16

My wife always had a desire to play the piano. When she was young, our church pianist offered to give her lessons. My wife did not have a piano, so she would walk to...

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Our Daily Planner

January 1, 2020

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. – Psalm 37:23

Several years ago, one of the gifts I found beneath our Christmas tree was a daily planner for the new year. My husband always wraps one for me that I use as a kind of journal. It helps us remember when we need to have the...

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Good Habits in the New Year

December 31, 2019

Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. – Psalm 119:34

Recently, one of our young ministers told about a neighbor’s chickens that wandered a few hundred yards up the road and into his yard. At first, he thought this was kind of neat, and they were fun to watch. The chickens began making themselves at home in his yard...

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Hidden Treasure

December 30, 2019

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. – Psalm 119:11

Have you ever hidden something from someone? One summer, my husband and I went to Victoria, B.C., Canada, and while there, we bought some delicious chocolates from a famous candy store. The chocolates were absolutely superb, and I wanted them to last awhile, so I took a few and...

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Prayer Works

December 29, 2019

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. – Ephesians 6:18

Recently, I had the privilege of going fishing with some life-long friends. One of these gentlemen has been a faithful pastor, and he enjoys quoting Scripture—even while fishing! It may have appeared that no one was listening, but I heard him quote Ephesians 6:18, ...

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Every Day of the Year

December 28, 2019

And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?” – Mark 4:21

Although Christmas had come and gone for another year, the little brown church in my neighborhood had not changed their sign-board message yet. I am sure they must have wanted those passing by to take in the thought-provoking words...

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