Daily Devotional

Expect and Be Ready

August 30, 2016

FOCUS Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. – Matthew 25:13

Having been a widow for more than seven years now, I often enjoy spending time with friends. On a recent occasion, I had a nice dinner at a restaurant with a good friend, and afterwards we went out into the rainy night toward my car. Suddenly, a man stepped out...

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Finding Morels

August 29, 2016

Thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant. – 1 Chronicles 17:26-27

Over fifty years ago, someone invited our family to go out into the woods of Southern Oregon and hunt for mushrooms. One mushroom in particular was the object of our search: the morel. It shows up in March and April around the valley,...

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What Will We Become?

August 28, 2016

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. – Hebrews 12:6

Annie had suffered a weak moment. In fact, she had several weak moments that morning!

Our dog, Annie, is a one-year-old golden retriever. She is beautiful, big, and loveable, but she also has a mischievous side that is as big as she is, and on one particular...

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Foot Surgery

August 27, 2016

God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. – 2 Samuel 22:33

Having surgery on both feet meant I was forced to slow down my usually fast gait. Initially I was in a wheelchair, dependant on my husband for my most basic needs, and then I faced a painful rehabilitation period. The support boots I was given would not have appealed to me before...

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Lost in Seattle

August 26, 2016

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. – John 14:6

Years ago, my wife and I were entertaining some friends from South Africa. We took them on a tour of Seattle, Washington, beginning with the Space Needle. Parking was scarce, so we ended up walking several blocks from our car to the Space Needle. From there, we decided to visit the Science...

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In Good Hands

August 25, 2016

And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost. – Genesis 33:2

Before I left home for a four-month trip out of the country, my dad was very nervous. In fact, from his reaction to my decision to leave, someone who did not know him well might have thought he was angry. Yet, I knew he was only concerned for...

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Greenwich Mean Time

August 24, 2016

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. – Psalm 90:12

Recently, my wife and I had the privilege of visiting London, England. We stayed in a section of town where the Royal Observatory is located, which is on the Prime Meridian—longitude zero. There, the time, commonly known as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), is set for the whole world. All other...

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August 23, 2016

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights. – James 1:17

 "I got your package today!” my niece told me excitedly over the phone. Several days before, I had mailed her a birthday gift, and she had been anxiously waiting for it. When it arrived she was so happy to get it, and she made sure to call and thank me.


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Secret Place

August 22, 2016

There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture’s eye hath not seen: The lion’s whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it. – Job 28:7-8

 A missionary was once transferred from one village to another, but because he did not know how to find his new village, he had to follow a guide through the dense jungle. This missionary began to be wary and...

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Be Ye Not Troubled

August 21, 2016

And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. – Mark 13:7

When the war in Iraq began, it seemed virtually impossible to escape the many images of warfare. For weeks, the news of “wars and rumors of wars” was broadcast twenty-four hours a day. Even after the intense news coverage ended,...

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