Daily Devotional

A Fish Story

February 24, 2018

And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. – Mark 1:17

"Igo a fishing” is not a casual announcement among my family! A lot of thought, calculating reasons, excuses, and preparation go into every fishing trip. It starts like a sort of illness, with a fever, and rapidly develops into an epidemic! One of my sons will call his...

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Expectations

February 23, 2018

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:13

There was a need, and we had earnestly prayed about it. We had every reason to believe God would pour out a monetary blessing, but He did not. We had a right to a bigger insurance settlement than we were offered—much bigger. It was not fair! We were not expecting ...

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Unanswered Questions

February 22, 2018

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 58:8-9

When my children were very young, they were full of questions. Once I counted fifty questions they asked as we drove a distance of about a mile and ...

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Reach Out to Others

February 21, 2018

That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. – Philemon 1:6

 I wrote a letter to Kate this morning. She is my twenty-two-year-old granddaughter and the only one of our grandchildren who has grown up away from us. We have spent some time with her through the years, but not nearly enough.

Each time we visited our...

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Good Day!

February 20, 2018

If ye have faith, and doubt not...all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. – Matthew 21:21-22

Maddie, my friend’s two-year-old daughter, greets the day with vigor. When she awakes in the morning she calls out, “Mama, Dada!” Soon, her daddy is trudging down the hallway to her bedroom. As he opens the door to her room, her face lights up. She stands tall in her...

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God’s Faithfulness

February 19, 2018

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised). – Hebrews 10:23

When the young couple married, they were just like any number of others: they were in love, and that would be enough, wouldn’t it? Of course, it was not. When times began to get tough, the wife realized her need for God. She prayed and gave her heart to Jesus...

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Parent-Teacher

February 18, 2018

For [God] established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children. – Psalm 78:5-6

Vanessa was old enough to hold her own cup, and she had learned to use a spoon, though it...

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Fishing

February 17, 2018

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13

The river was a comfortable drive from my home in southern Oregon. Every now and then, when my husband was at work, I would take the opportunity to put my fishing pole and gear into our car and head to the river for a time of enjoyment....

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I Am Rich!

February 16, 2018

The silver is mine and the gold is mine saith the Lord of hosts. – Haggai 2:8

In the checkout line at the grocery store, an older man behind me had only two or three items in his basket. He said to me, “If you let me go first, I’ll pay for your groceries.” I smiled and said, “I will pay for my groceries, but you can go...

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Reach Out to Jesus

February 15, 2018

What man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? – Matthew 7:9-11

"Waaaaaaa!” Oh, no! My young son has just...

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