Daily Devotional

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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Oh Really?

October 11, 2016

Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. – Romans 14:13

When I had to backtrack and attempt to cancel a false rumor I had helped to spread, I felt a little embarrassed. Although it had come from a source that I considered reliable, I still should have recognized and dismissed...

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Remember the Day

October 10, 2016

And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place. – Exodus 13:3

The bumper sticker read, “I FOUND IT,” meaning someone had found salvation through Jesus Christ. For that sticker to apply to me, it would have to say, “HE FOUND ME.” I was lost,...

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God Knows Your Name

October 9, 2016

To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. – John 10:3

My father was an identical twin. Born in the San Juan Islands long before babies were fingerprinted, my grandparents were concerned about mixing the boys up. A blue ribbon was tied around the wrist of the firstborn twin, and the ribbon was never taken off...

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Avoiding Spiritual Shipwreck

October 8, 2016

Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck. – 1 Timothy 1:19

While reading the journal of a friend who had sailed around the world, I learned a great deal about ships. His writings indicated that when a ship is loaded too heavy in its lower part, it is called a “tight ship.” A tight ship will roll (rock from side to side)...

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You Can Overcome!

October 7, 2016

And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven. – Nehemiah 1:3-4

In 1880, the...

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My Children

October 6, 2016

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. – Luke 15:20

 A few years ago, in our daughter’s mailbox there was a letter addressed, “To the Parents of _______ [our daughter’s name],” so she dutifully gave it to us. It was information about a student loan....

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Sweeping in the Dark

October 5, 2016

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. – Psalm 119:105

 A few nights ago, I was cleaning house and had just about finished when I noticed the kitchen floor needed to be swept. Not a biggie, I thought. I can whip through that task in short order. The only problem—I had already turned out the light. Now, how much of an effort...

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Inquire of the Lord

October 4, 2016

And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. And when David enquired of the Lord, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. – 2 Samuel 5:22-23

Today’s focus verses refer to a time when the Philistines twice arrayed themselves against the Israelites in the valley of Rephaim....

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No Other Gospel

October 3, 2016

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. – Galatians 1:8

One day when I was about four years old, I fell asleep on my parents’ bed, one of my favorite spots in our little cabin by the peat moss swamp. It was probably my dad’s voice that woke me, but I was...

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