Daily Devotional

Cultivating Good Crops

February 25, 2017

Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. – Genesis 3:17-18

Farming is not easy work. A farmer labors to plow, plant, and cultivate his crop, all the while knowing that his efforts will pay off only if the weather...

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Speak Life

February 24, 2017

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. – Proverbs 18:21

 A few years ago my daughter was experiencing some difficulties in her third-grade class. The school year started off fine, but in early November, her test scores began to slip. Other parents were also saying that their children were not scoring well, which seemed unusual. I...

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Fourscore Years

February 23, 2017

The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow. – Psalm 90:10

Fourscore years! As the decades roll by, we pass the milestones of twenty, forty, sixty, then eighty. And each group of years has its own activities and responsibilities. During the first score of years, we are growing and being schooled in...

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Faith Building

February 22, 2017

Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Not long ago, I was teaching a Sunday school class on the importance of prayer. At the end of the class, I wrote the students’ prayer requests down on pieces of paper and asked one of them to take the requests to the prayer room. As he left, another student became worried and kept asking me, “Did he get my deposit...

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Flight Plight

February 21, 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

It was only a one-letter difference, but what a difference it made! A while back, my husband was working out of town and needed me to book some flights for him. The project was going...

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Follow Me

February 20, 2017

And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him. – Mark 2:14

Have you ever been invited to a gathering and, even with the address in hand and a map of the city, still did not know exactly how to get there? Being without a GPS system, I have found...

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Wind Power

February 19, 2017

And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind. – Isaiah 7:2

Night was closing in on the city, and the sky was turning slowly into a black mosaic. The fir trees—just shadows through the large window of the library where I was sitting—revealed the strength of the wind as their branches bounced back and forth under ...

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True Testimony

February 18, 2017

This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true. – John 21:24

After being called several times for possible jury duty, my short legal career ended with one relatively minor but real trial. One memory stands out from that trial. As a certain witness was quizzed concerning an important point, he used the words, “I think.” Immediately ...

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A Healing Touch

February 17, 2017

I am the Lord that healeth thee. – Exodus 15:26

In our small church congregation, there was a brother who was frequently sick. He was our music leader, and he suffered with migraines. When he led a song service, the Spirit of God was present, but many Sundays he was home with a terrible headache. He had been prayed for many times, and many had his...

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Check-Up Time

February 16, 2017

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. – 1 Peter 5:6

With a stethoscope and a clock to watch, you can take a reading of your heart rate. With a slender thermometer under your tongue, your body’s temperature can be found. With an inflatable sleeve and pump, your blood pressure can be obtained. These instruments were developed so...

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