Daily Devotional

Why You Fall Me Out?

August 27, 2020

The things which are impossible with men, are possible with God. – Luke 18: 27

When our children were very young, most cars did not have safety belts. Making matters worse, back then there were dangers of car doors coming open, and children were advised continually by their parents to “stay in your seats and stay away from the doors.” Of course, children often push the ...

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All Purpose

August 26, 2020

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:14

Recently I looked up a product on the web under the heading of “all purpose” and found 9,370,000 products that fit into that category. There were household cleaning products, vitamins, foods, and seasonings—even all-purpose apparel! I found the last item to be the most interesting. It was...

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Common to Man

August 25, 2020

But now it has come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled. – Job 4:5

After a promotion at work, my best friend turned against me. She said things to others that were not true. The comments would have hurt coming from anyone, but she was my best friend—at least I had thought she was! Being promoted had not been my...

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The Garden of My Heart

August 24, 2020

Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth. – Matthew 13:3-5

My wife and I bought a home with a large backyard, so I decided to put in a garden. This would...

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Daybreak: Psalms 147:1 through 150:6

August 23, 2020

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6)

The journalistic strategy informally deemed the “five Ws and an H” is frequently used to ensure thorough investigation of a topic. The simple, one-word questions Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How? are designed to cover all the bases and assist a writer in obtaining critical details for a news story or report. In Psalm...

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Daybreak: Psalms 144:1 through 146:10

August 22, 2020

“Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 144:15)

When I was a little girl, my mom would often read aloud bits and pieces of letters she received from her family in New York. Whenever she would send a picture of us, a letter always came back saying how impressed our faraway relatives were that every picture was filled with smiling faces....

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Daybreak: Psalms 140:1 through 143:12

August 21, 2020

“I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.” (Psalm 142:1)

Shortly after starting a new job, I noticed that one of my co-worker’s eyes were frequently red and watery, she was constantly blowing her nose, and she often excused herself from helping customers by saying that her allergies were acting up again.

On a hunch that something more than allergies was the cause, one day...

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Daybreak: Psalms 137:1 through 139:24

August 20, 2020

“In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.” (Psalm 138:3) 

Our daughter was just a few weeks old when she was admitted to the hospital with a high fever. My husband and I hoped and prayed that the cause was some minor and quickly-dealt-with virus, but that was not the case. After a series of tests and many anxious hours, we learned that our baby had...

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Daybreak: Psalms 135:1 through 136:26

August 19, 2020

“The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 136:9)

As I gazed up at the moon showing half of its beaming face, I was struck with awe at how it resembled a frosted dome hanging from a dark blue ceiling. It shone boldly in the heavens while day slipped quietly into darkness. It was as if this ruler of the night sky was coming on...

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Daybreak: Psalms 130:1 through 134:3

August 18, 2020

“Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, until I find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.” (Psalm 132:3-5)

As a college student, I forfeited many a night’s sleep in order to complete some paper or prepare for a final exam. My purpose was to...

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