Daily Devotional

Misplaced Sheep

May 11, 2017

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. – Matthew 9:36

Looking out our kitchen window one afternoon, I was startled to see two big woolly sheep nibbling grass along the drainage ditch. On our country road, I knew of two neighbors who kept sheep, but never had I seen any of them wandering...

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Turn and Look Around

May 10, 2017

Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. – Psalm 62:8

My mother’s voice was steady as she spoke from the other end of the line in Kenya. I was making the call from Colorado, where my youngest sister had passed away the previous day. At the time of her passing, she was a twenty-year-old college student, studying half...

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Stating the Facts

May 9, 2017

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

On the internet, I watched the news of a jetliner that crash-landed onto the Hudson River. It was reported that the huge aircraft was safely put down, intact and right side up, with no lives lost. As four of the passengers were interviewed, they said that when it became clear the flight...

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Handfuls of Purpose

May 8, 2017

On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The LORD bless thee, and keep thee. – Numbers 6:23-24

Recently, as several of us were leaving the prayer room of our church before a service, I said to one of the gentlemen, “The Lord bless you.” His rejoinder was, “He will if I let Him.” I said, “What about the ‘handfuls of purpose’ mentioned in the Book...

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First Things First!

May 7, 2017

And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear. – 1 Peter 1:17

 A few years ago, while writing my first book on folktales, I was invited to speak to my daughter’s school class. After my presentation, she said, “Thank you, Dad. See you tomorrow.” The teacher then inquired, “Is he not going to...

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Walking in His Light

May 6, 2017

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7

Sometimes I get teased about my preference to sleep in a completely dark room. Since I go to work in the wee hours of the morning, I want to make sure I have enough sleep...

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Exact Identification

May 5, 2017

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

In my line of work, I spend a lot of my time looking at vehicles that have been in accidents. I write damage reports and...

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Taking On a New Role

May 4, 2017

Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age. – Psalm 92:13-14

Sitting in a Sunday morning service a while back, I thought about how my role in the Gospel work has changed over the years. As I have grown older, I have had to give up some of the responsibilities...

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Important Details

May 3, 2017

They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. – Matthew 25:3-4

 A few months ago, my husband’s parents drove out to visit us. They had a GPS device to help them route the cross-country trip and find their final destination. They were excited and impressed at how their directional aid led them through all the big...

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A Different Kind of Lion

May 2, 2017

Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book. – Revelation 5:5

On the mantel in our living room stands a small photo of my dad, taken a number of years ago. Cradled in his arms is a lion cub, docile and cute. My parents were visiting a place where wild animals were raised to be tame. However, I am not so...

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