Daily Devotional

Someone Is Watching

August 5, 2021

By him actions are weighed. – 1 Samuel 2:3

When I was a boy, our family lived in Iowa. One time, my brother and I wanted to go to the creek in the early spring while the ice was breaking up. It was somewhat risky, so our father told us we could not go. We accepted his decision outwardly, but inwardly we were not happy, and we decided...

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What Do You See?

August 4, 2021

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. – Mark 11:24

It was not until we returned from our vacation that I realized I had forgotten to make arrangements for someone to water our lawn. Due to the lack of rain, the grass was burnt and the weeds were rapidly taking over. During the next...

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Homesick for Heaven

August 3, 2021

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. – Psalm 84:2

The pleading voices of my two youngest daughters poured through the phone lines and brought tears to my eyes as I listened to their heartfelt cries: “Mom, I miss you, please come and get me.” “Mom, I couldn’t get to sleep until three o’clock...

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O to Be Like Thee

August 2, 2021

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. – Matthew 20:27-28

“You’re not the boss of me!” the boy responded to his older sister, who was attempting to make him do a chore while their mom was busy in another part of...

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By God’s Mercies

August 1, 2021

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. – Lamentations 3:22

After being intrigued by a timeline in a local restaurant, I decided to put together a timeline of my life, which covers about sixty-seven years. I wrote down all of the most significant and life-shaping events of my life in chronological order. Then, as I looked over ...

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Patience Is a Virtue

July 31, 2021

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. – Hebrews 10:36

It had been unusually hot in our town for a long period. Without air-conditioning, I found myself becoming impatient just because I was so warm.

On one particular day, I opened my refrigerator to take out a pitcher of juice, and struggled to move containers around so I...

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Only If You Hold My Hand

July 30, 2021

Thy right hand hath holden me up . . . Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip. – Psalm 18:35-36

When I was a little girl, my family lived on a hill far out in the country. Every school day, my sister, three brothers, and I walked about a quarter of a mile down the hill to meet the school bus. On mornings when...

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Venture into the Deep

July 29, 2021

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee. – Isaiah 43:2

Many children take swimming lessons. Usually, the instructor begins by taking the new students into shallow water so they can get used to the water and learn some of the basic strokes. After evaluating how well the students are doing in the shallow...

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The Light that Shines

July 28, 2021

Let your light so shine before men. – Matthew 5:16

There he stood, right at the foot of my orchard ladder, looking up at me. It was the orchard boss. I was still in high school, working at the pear orchard during the summertime, and I had a healthy respect for my superiors. I wondered, What did I do (or not do) to bring him over to...

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To Confound the Wise

July 27, 2021

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. – 1 Corinthians 1:27

When asked to be the teacher for the adult Sunday school class, I felt completely inadequate. I am getting along in years and do not remember as well as the younger people might. In addition, I...

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