Daily Devotional

Prepare First

May 15, 2018

Break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. – Hosea 10:12

Proper preparation can make all the difference. I hang gutters for a living, but I cannot just walk up to a house and start nailing gutters on. If there are old gutters, I first have to tear them off. Then I have to measure and mark...

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Note the Furnishings

May 14, 2018

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

When I was eighteen years old, I decided to get my own place. A friend and I had jobs, so we rented an apartment together. We had all kinds of ideas...

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A Tribute to My Christian Mother

May 13, 2018

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. – Proverbs 31:10

My Christian mother was faithful to bring up her seven children in the knowledge of the Lord. She was the granddaughter of a Methodist minister, so she knew something of what it meant to be a Christian. Although she always wanted to be a Christian, and she would try each day...

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Answered Prayer

May 12, 2018

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. – Psalm 37:4

When my husband and I lived in our first home, we had a small plaque hanging on the wall that contained the words of today’s focus verse. While doing my household chores, I read those words many times.

I was very happy being a wife, yet after a while...

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Blessed Pigeons!

May 11, 2018

Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?– Luke 12:24

Pastries are one of my favorite foods, and I do not mind traveling a long way to find a store that makes them exactly the way I like. I found some muffins that were especially tasty at a little pastry...

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You Won’t Be Sorry

May 10, 2018

But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. – Jeremiah 7:23

Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian...so many languages, but so little time! Languages have held a special interest for me throughout much of my life. I never took...

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My Every Need

May 9, 2018

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19

While I was doing errands one afternoon, somewhere between the store and the bank I dropped my checkbook, which contained the check I was planning to deposit. It was difficult not to panic, but I tried to think logically and retrace my steps of that day. Backtracking where ...

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The Glory of God

May 8, 2018

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. – Psalm 19:1

On dark nights out on our farm, we spent plenty of time looking at the sky. Some of my favorite memories are evenings when we came home from church in the dark, looking at the moon and stars as we drove the quarter-hour on country roads. When the moon was especially ...

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Ask What You Will

May 7, 2018

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. – John 15:7

When our daughter was about a year old and began to walk, her feet started to turn in; her toes were pointing toward each other. We were told that it was caused from the position in which she slept. The doctor said the...

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Keep Climbing

May 6, 2018

Now therefore give me this mountain. – Joshua 14:12

We were on a vacation trip through the South several years ago. We attended the Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Then we traveled east through Tennessee, where we made several stops, and then into North Carolina. My wife wanted to fulfill a longtime desire to visit the Great Smoky Mountains.

We stopped at the visitor’s center and picked...

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