Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Proverbs 6:1-35

May 28, 2020

“Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.” (Proverbs 6:10-11)

Sleep is a precious commodity, especially for mothers of young children, but at times it can be dangerous. Recently I was trying to catch a few extra minutes of shut-eye after having been up several times in the night with my infant...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 4:1 through 5:23

May 27, 2020

“Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” (Proverbs 4:13) 

Vera Maksimova was born in Ukraine on January 1, 1930. When she was three years old, her mother abandoned her, so she was left with her father and grandmother. Ten years later, she and her grandmother received a notice that her father, who had been serving in the military, was missing in action and presumed dead. 

Although Vera...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 2:1 through 3:35

May 26, 2020

“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.” (Proverbs 3:13-14)

In the mid-1800s, James Marshall was contracted to build Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. When the mill was nearly completed, it was found that the tailrace, which allowed the mill water to flow back into the South Fork of the American...

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Daybreak: Proverbs 1:1-33

May 25, 2020

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7) 

The last two years of high school and the following four in college were defining years in my life. Though I had little religious background, part way through high school I understood enough about the Gospel to yield my life to the Lord. As I began...

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May 24, 2020

“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” – Revelation 22:12

My first house-sitting job came up when some acquaintances of mine were going to be gone for a week or two and asked me to stay at their house and take care of their pets. I was young and single and had no idea what I...

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Into All the World

May 23, 2020

“Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.” – Mark 5:19

We returned to the quaint little restaurant again to see if the old man with the harmonica would be there. The first time we had seen him, we were at the restaurant celebrating my birthday....

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Unlocking the Blessing

May 22, 2020

“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.” – Isaiah 1:19

Our family was outgrowing the basement apartment that we rented from my mother-in-law. My husband and I wanted to buy our own home, but we did not know if it would be financially feasible at the time. As I thought about the possibilities of such a purchase, my mother-in-law was...

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Try It, You’ll Like It

May 21, 2020

“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” – 1 Peter 2:2-3

The people I eat lunch with believe themselves to be quite the gourmet cooks. They sometimes sit around the table chatting about different dishes they have cooked or eaten at an ethnic restaurant. Sometimes one of them gets the bright...

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A Lesson from the Insects

May 20, 2020

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” – Proverbs 6:6

"The ants come marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!” goes the old ditty. Not at our house, they don’t. They come pouring in vast droves, like the ancient Vandals getting ready to sack Rome. They seem to have secret passages which we have no idea how to locate. They have ways of reaching...

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He Is Able

May 19, 2020

“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” – Jude 24-25

The stairs to our basement laundry are rather steep. The handrail is definitely needed there, for there is nothing else to cling to, in...

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