Daily Devotional

Love One Another

October 21, 2016

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. – 1 John 4:7

The moonlight bounced off Lake Oswego through the restaurant’s giant windows, while flames silently flickered inside the stone fireplace in a far corner. Our table was laden with fresh cherry blossoms and fine crystal. It was a perfect setting for a spring night. ...

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Not What I Thought

October 20, 2016

Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. – 2 Kings 5:11

 A couple days ago, I defrosted my freezer in the garage. It was such a good feeling to have it frost-free and clean. Sometime before, I had not closed the door all the way and...

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Words of Comfort

October 19, 2016

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. – Romans 15:4

Shortly after my husband and I were engaged, he had to leave town for two weeks because his employer was sending him halfway across the United States for training. This was a wonderful opportunity for him, and yet not such a happy thing for us...

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I Trust in Thee

October 18, 2016

Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. – Psalm 25:1-2

My family, including my father, three brothers, several uncles and cousins, and myself, had always worked in the lumber industry. My father and older brother worked green timbers; my second brother operated a molder in the planing mill; brother...

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Joy in Heaven

October 17, 2016

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. – Galatians 6:9

While in a war zone ten thousand miles away from home, I saw many of my fellow soldiers living in sin with no fear of God, even though there was pain and death all around us. Any one of us could have been killed at any time.

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The Old Paths

October 16, 2016

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. - Jeremiah 6:16

One day, some of my friends and I decided to go to Mount Hood for a drive. We were young and adventurous, so even though I was not dressed for snow, one of my friends...

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Laying Up a Good Foundation

October 15, 2016

Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. – 1 Timothy 6:19

The horn on our car had recently stopped working, so we took our vehicle to the shop. After having the horn repaired, we talked to the mechanic about some other maintenance work that needed to be done, and then I asked him to check our...

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Strength in Numbers

October 14, 2016

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is...

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A Simple Look

October 13, 2016

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. – Isaiah 45:22

On January 6, 1850, a snowstorm crippled the city of Colchester, England. Because of the inclement weather, a teenage boy was unable to make it to the church he regularly attended, so he went to a nearby Primitive Methodist church. The pastor of that church had...

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Lo, I Waited

October 12, 2016

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. – Psalm 27:14

Waiting is difficult. Several years ago, I went to visit my in-laws who live on Whidbey Island in Washington. I flew into Seattle and took a shuttle to the Mukilteo Ferry, where I boarded and crossed the lovely Puget Sound. My husband’s parents would be waiting to ...

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