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Posts Tagged: Christian devotions

How Having a Focus-Word Helps Us Grow

  At the start of each year, I ask the Lord to give me a focus word. A couple of years ago, my word was “joy.” It reminded me to reframe the way I viewed difficulties. I learned to see them not as hindrances but as opportunities to experience God’s presence and promises in new… [ read more ]

How to Remain Hope-filled and Thankful

Numerous articles about giving thanks have appeared in my inbox this week. So have articles that speak to COVID fatigue and weariness, especially in light of increased restrictions. Illness, isolation, financial stress, increased domestic violence, and loss have taken a toll. We’re all wondering when this will end, and we’re all wishing it will end… [ read more ]

Does God Speak to Us Today?  

  Several days ago, I was immersed in writing materials for a weekly Zoom Bible study I teach when I heard a little whisper. “Do your laundry now,” it said.   “What? But I’m in the middle of doing work that has to be finished today,” I said.   The whisper persisted. “Do your laundry… [ read more ]

Rescue at the Midnight Hour

  I’ve been reading the little book, The Red Sea Rules, by Robert Morgan. As I read about the Israelites’ adventure in the desert, I envision millions of men, women, and children facing their life or death situation. The waves of the Red Sea lapped on the shore before them as the sound of pounding horse… [ read more ]

Three Words That Change Everything

    An email arrived in my inbox yesterday, words written by a woman whose husband died recently. She described her concerns for her young adult children and her frustration over lacking a sense of purpose since becoming a widow.   My heart hurt for her. That pain added to the hurt I’ve felt for… [ read more ]

The Truth About Trying to Hide Sin

    I began eating in secret when I was about six years old. My dad brought home a stash of chocolate bars and little bags of potato chips from a restaurant where he’d done some electrical work. The restaurant owner was doing a remodel job and needed to clear out his storage room, so… [ read more ]

Reflecting on God’s Goodness as Summer Draws to an End

  After a wonderfully crazy-busy summer, I’m sitting in the cockpit of our boat-home, sipping coffee and soaking in the sunshine. As I do so, I’m reflecting on the many demonstrations of God’s goodness over the past eight weeks.   says, “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one… [ read more ]

Fasting for a Purpose

    Most believers acknowledge fasting as a spiritual discipline. The late author and missionary Dr. Wesley L. Duewel explained it this way: “Fasting in the biblical sense is choosing not to partake of food because your spiritual hunger is so deep, your determination in intercession so intense, or your spiritual warfare so demanding that… [ read more ]

How to Respond Amidst Life’s Little Annoyances

How do we respond when life’s little annoyances crop up?   For the past week, I haven’t been able to log into my Facebook account on my laptop. That means responding to comments and posting my blog using my phone. I can manage the former, but doing the latter requires a learning curve, time, and… [ read more ]

Obedience and Attitude

Let’s say a mother asks her child to empty the dishwasher. How might that child respond?   “Aw, Mom. Do I have to?” The child dawdles to the kitchen muttering, “Why do I always have to empty the dishwasher? Why can’t someone else do it?” “Sure, Mom.” An hour later, the child still hasn’t done… [ read more ]