Daily Devotional

Snow Expectations

June 22, 2018

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. – 1 Corinthians 2:9

Recently, my husband and I drove up into the mountains with our two children to play in the snow. Our two-year-old daughter had never seen snow except in pictures. She could...

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Yard Sale!

June 21, 2018

But godliness with contentment is great gain. – 1 Timothy 6:6

The carpet in our Sunday school department was very worn. It definitely needed replacing, but finances were scarce, so we got together with the rest of the church folks and held a yard sale at the church parking lot. We gathered all the items that we no longer used, needed, or wanted, stashed ...

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Singing Praises

June 20, 2018

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. – Acts 16:25

The morning, just breaking, was sending soft beams of sunlight throughout the quiet hospital. Most of those in recovery were still sleeping. Then, as the daylight became more noticeable, a lovely peaceful sound softly rose from the depths of the building. It sounded like angels singing...

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Every Bitter Thing

June 19, 2018

The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. – Proverbs 27:7

Most of us know what it is like to be hungry. It may not happen very often, but every now and then we get a little too busy and forget to take a lunch break, and then ravenous hunger strikes! At that moment, we consume whatever is...

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A Leaky Faucet

June 18, 2018

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. – 2 Corinthians 5:10

Has there ever been a dripping faucet at your house? There has been at mine. Invariably, when the leak first started I thought, I need to get that ...

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Love in Action

June 17, 2018

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. – Psalm 103:13

As I was growing up, my parents were careful to teach my sisters and me right from wrong. Even though my dad was not a Christian, he told us about Heaven and Hell and eternity. He tried to instill tender consciences in us, but I thought...

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Seven Times a Day

June 16, 2018

Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. – Psalm 119:164

In the week before Father’s Day, the subject of our Bible teaching was: “Why should we be concerned with pleasing our earthly fathers? What should we do to please them? And how does this translate to our relationship with our Heavenly Father?” As we listed ideas, we began to ...

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Who’s Got Your Number?

June 15, 2018

Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. – 1 Peter 3:15

The other morning, my telephone rang at 5:00. Waking out of a sound sleep, I picked up the phone and heard a cheery voice say, “Hello! How are you?” ...

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Getting Stirred

June 14, 2018

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee. – 2 Timothy 1:6

Minnesota winters are often fierce. When I was growing up, our little two-room cabin was heated with a wood-burning cook stove. Later, a tin stove, called an “airtight,” was set up in the middle of the living area, and when winter was at its...

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Better Things Ahead

June 13, 2018

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. – John 14:2

Two of my sisters and I moved from Portland, Oregon, to Los Angeles, California, in 1957. We were in our twenties, and although we were able to get jobs when we arrived there, we still did not have...

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