Daily Devotional

Random Acts of Kindness

April 25, 2018

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. – Hebrews 13:16

On our morning walks, my husband and I stop at the local store to rest and enjoy a cup of coffee with neighbors. Because we are older, they consider us special guests and treat us to a seat at the first table. Many times, when we are later than usual,...

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Another Look

April 24, 2018

I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. – Psalm 119:162

On a warm summer afternoon, I worked my way down a row of bush beans, lifting and pushing the sticky leaves out of my way as I looked for beans that were big enough to harvest. I had already been down the row, but after a closer look I realized that I had missed almost ...

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My Ticket

April 23, 2018

And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. – 1 John 2:1-2

Recently I was given a speeding ticket after being clocked going eleven miles per hour over the speed limit. I was coming out of a speed zone that...

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Fear Is a Choice

April 22, 2018

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

As I walked past a public bus one evening, an advertisement on its side caught my attention. It read: “Danger is real, fear is a choice.” Immediately I started pondering the statement. In general, it is true that the world has become a dangerous place....

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A Family Resemblance

April 21, 2018

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. – Matthew 5:48

My first great-nephew was born last week. As family members and friends came to congratulate the parents and to welcome this precious new member of our clan, one conversational thread was repeated at nearly every visit: Who does the baby look like? My brother, the new (and first-time) grandfather, carried...

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Be Completely Turned

April 20, 2018

Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. – Hosea 7:8

One morning, Julie had many commitments to attend to. She prepared breakfast in a hurry and set it before some very hungry family members. Everyone was at the table ready to eat. Rose, her eight-year-old daughter, was particularly excited because this was her favorite meal. She even volunteered to say...

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Trust Me!

April 19, 2018

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

My granddaughter was excited to show us what she had purchased with her birthday money. As she pulled a new sleeping mask from her shopping bag, she proceeded to describe how beautiful it was—from the pink satin that...

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More than Conquerors

April 18, 2018

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. – Romans 8:37

When I was twenty years old, a virus attacked the central nervous system of my body leaving me paralyzed for a short time. Eventually, as I recovered, I was able to learn how to move, walk, feed myself, and breathe on my own once again. It was a difficult time in ...

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Right Spiritual Directions

April 17, 2018

Order my steps in thy word. – Psalm 119:133

While visiting a small town on the picturesque Southern Oregon coast, my wife and I agreed to travel a different road back over the mountains to our home. Though the rugged coastline offers many scenic vistas, the sight and fresh air in the high mountain country can also be very invigorating to anyone who enjoys the great outdoors....

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Love in Action

April 16, 2018

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. – John 13:34

 A difference of opinion arose between one of my grandsons and his little sister over some toy or choice of games to play. He was four years older than his little sister and was used to her being given the edge...

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