Daily Devotional

Pray without Ceasing

December 3, 2017

Ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:15-17

It seems the days fly by so fast, and that I am forever running. Drop the kids at daycare, hurry to work, then pick up the kids and take them to their practices. Dinner! I rush to the store and stare at the shelves, hoping...

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Consecrated Praises

December 2, 2017

Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. – Hebrews 2:12

This morning, I heard a church choir singing a song of praise to the Lord on the radio. It instantly reminded me of camp meeting and other times when I have been with a crowd of people lifting up their voices in praise to the Lord. It...

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Clouds

December 1, 2017

And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. – Romans 4:21

One cloudy day in November, the airplane in which I sat took off from Medford, Oregon, bound for Los Angeles, California. The weather in Medford had been cloudy and the skies gray for many days, perhaps weeks. Then the plane soared upward and passed through the thick bank of clouds...

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Never Give Up

November 30, 2017

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

"Never give up, never give up. Never give up to your sorrows, Jesus will bid them depart.” Those were the words that were going through my mind this morning just before my alarm clock went off. As I lay in bed pondering the message...

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Open Communication

November 29, 2017

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. – 1 John 3:21-22

Some years ago, my husband and I bought an old house that had been built in 1906. Renovation was not a luxury; it was a necessity! One of the many jobs...

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Traditions

November 28, 2017

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. – Colossians 2:8

When I was growing up, there were six of us children in our little Minnesota cabin, and our diet was simple farm food. We seldom lacked for eggs, milk, or meat. When Mother made pancakes, we often had good country bacon, cured...

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Safe Passage

August 27, 2017

If by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God.– Romans 1:10

My journey down the Rogue River in a drift boat was an unforgettable experience. Most of that early morning passed quietly as we floated down a ruggedly beautiful stretch of water. Then, as we approached a bend in the river, our guide rowed over to the bank...

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A Promise Is a Promise

August 26, 2017

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? – Numbers 23:19

It would be safe to say that most of us have made promises. It would probably be just as safe to say that most of us have broken one or...

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Never Forsaken

August 25, 2017

Cleave unto the Lord your God, as ye have done unto this day. – Joshua 23:8

Today, while walking along the edge of a bluff, my friend and I spotted an old, storm-battered tree just hanging on to the side of the bank—barely attached, but still hanging on! Half of its support had given way as the ground had crumbled beneath it, exposing sturdy thick roots...

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The Finished Product

August 24, 2017

Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place. – Psalm 66:12

It is always a thrill to help out at my daughter’s school. Today was no exception! The lunchroom was buzzing with all sizes of happy students zipping along to their next classes. As the sound diminished, I opened a shiny red cart and...

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