Daily Devotional

A Time to Plow

October 27, 2020

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. – Hosea 10:12

These days, we are awakened early in the morning by the sound of tractors working in almost every field. I like the sound. It is the promise of good things to come: fresh garden tomatoes, watermelon...

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Vessel of Honor

October 26, 2020

If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work. – 2 Timothy 2:21

Recently, I attended a garage sale, and discovered among the odds and ends on a table a burgundy colored ceramic bowl. It had seen better days and, apparently, had not been particularly valued. It was pretty worn and...

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The Way Seemed Right

October 25, 2020

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. – Psalm 32:8

An urgent phone call directed us to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon. Our new baby grandson had become seriously ill and was being treated there. Several different levels of parking lots surround the hospital, and we drove from ...

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Real Life!

October 24, 2020

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. – John 8:12

 I love living things. They invigorate me! I enjoy smelling fresh flowers and seeing the beautiful colors of spring after the dullness of winter. There is a resurrection in my spirit as I experience the newness of each spring season bursting forth with new ...

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Growing at Our Own Rate

October 23, 2020

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Amy and Tracy planted some seeds at the same time. Every day the girls watered the seeds, gave them plant food, and made sure they were positioned to receive the proper amount of sunlight. Several days went by, and Amy’s plant sprouted from the dirt. A week later Tracy’s ...

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Prepared!

October 22, 2020

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. – Luke 12:35-36

Many of us have experienced that moment of embarrassment which occurs when a visitor arrives at our home unannounced and we are unprepared for company. ...

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A Thorough Cleaning

October 21, 2020

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. – Psalm 51:2

Spray, spray, scrub, scrub. On my knees I worked, trying to get the stains out of my carpet. Some were new; some had been there for months. I could not stand it any longer! With a little prayer and a lot of scrubbing, the carpet finally looked much better. Whew! What a...

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Wiggle Room

October 20, 2020

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. – 2 Corinthians 3:17

Since I was late for church, I took a seat in one of the back rows. Sitting there, I could see to the far end of a nearby pew and watch one of the young mothers wrestling her eight-month-old son. He was very active, but I was impressed by how she held him....

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Sheep

October 19, 2020

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:27

In his growing up years, my husband raised sheep. When we were first married, we visited his parents, and I found myself doing something I had never dreamed I would do: wrestling with sheep! I helped hold them still while they were administered shots, or while my husband clipped their hooves....

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Fear Not

October 18, 2020

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. – Isaiah 43:1

The most ferocious member among the occupants of our Minnesota barnyard was a huge, red rooster that “ruled the roost.” At five years of age, I feared that creature more...

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