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Posts Tagged: Christian devotions

The Purpose for Suffering

  One of my favorite things in life is watching my grandchildren grow in every aspect of their lives—physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional. Every time I see them, they’ve changed.   That’s the way it should be, right? God never intended a baby to remain a baby. His plan is for infants to grow and… [ read more ]

How’s Your Heart Today?

  I wish I could chat with each of you over a cup of coffee or tea and hear your answer to this question: “How’s your heart today?”   Are you feeling like you’ve been through the wringer? Like you’ve been doing battle too long? Like your faith has been stretched as far as it… [ read more ]

Fighting our Battles by Focusing on Truth

  When I wrapped up my Zoom Bible study last Tuesday, I encouraged the participants to be on their guard. “We’ve just studied five names of God,” I said. “Don’t be surprised if a test comes along in the not too distant future. Be watchful but don’t be afraid. It will give you opportunity to… [ read more ]

Do You Have a Hidden Strength?

Several years ago, a ruptured Achilles tendon landed me in a knee-high non-weightbearing cast. A few days later, my opposite leg suffered a knee injury. Those injuries combined ruled out crutches and put me in a wheelchair for three months. But that wasn’t all. Insomnia hit me, too.   Several months prior, I’d accepted a… [ read more ]

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 ]