Section: Devotionals

The Wedding Vows

There is great wisdom in men that submit themselves to the LORD and seek HIS guidance in their lives. A good friend, Pastor Hal Steenson, once told me about how he saw Ruth’s commitment to Naomi as a commitment that couples should make when they unite in marriage. He also told me that when he … Read more »

The Little Things

A gray blur registered in my peripheral vision, streaking from the couch to end under the dining room table.  Could it be a mouse? In our house? In the four years we have spent living in Thompsonville, not once have we had to deal with a mouse in the house.  If … Read more »

Reflections

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13:12)
Sun was dying in the west on a crisp fall afternoon. It happened to be Friday, the “Preparation Day,” and I was anticipating the … Read more »

Useless Unless Broken

Whosoever shall fall upon this stone shall be broken… Luke 20:18
If there had been directions on the bottom of the alabaster box mentioned in the fourteenth chapter of Mark, they would have read “useless unless broken.” What an example this woman demonstrated by her actions, showing us the progression into the perfect … Read more »

Giving Our Heart to Our Lord

In the Bible, we are instructed to keep the law of God and the law of the land. We find in John 14:15 (NKJV) “If you love me, keep My commandments.”
Following this same vein, we find in Titus 3:1 (NIV) “…remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be … Read more »

The Matter of the Gray Matter

When someone says “gray matter,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? It’s the brain of course, that jelly-like, wrinkled-up glob that fits snugly in our cranium. It’s our head computer that bosses around all our muscles, all our extremities and controls all our bodily functions.
However, if something … Read more »

The Mortarboards of Life

From Kindergarten to the Memorial Gardens, graduations are forever. Mortarboards fly from skinned up knees to tree house trees because commencement services never cease. As you go from building blocks to Tonka trucks, Tonka Trucks to life’s mountaintops, you have one graduation and commencement service after another. You graduate from the … Read more »

The Path of Least Resistance

Each time I turned the small tractor towards the north I could see the storm clouds growing higher, wider and darker. I knew I had less than 20 minutes to finish tilling the garden. This would be the third and last time I would till before planting. I parked the tractor and … Read more »

What Is the Big Deal About Grace?

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
My mind was racing. “I have to be at work at 4:00 … Read more »

Present Help in Time of Trouble

We live in a world that brings us challenges and difficulties. No one can escape it. But we can all make the best of it by realizing that, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1. It is marvelous and comforting to take hold of God’s promises.
God even … Read more »