DAILY DEVOTIONS

I Can't Handle All the Fighting
October 27th, 2021
As a mom, there seem to be phrases that keep coming out of my mouth. Many of them sound like words my parents say. After being somewhat isolated for more than a year, one of the things I found myself saying often is, “Stop the fighting. I can’t handle all the fighting.”It’s not the turmoil that bothers me, or the lack of peace, or even the volume. What bothers me the most is that I can’t stand the...
You Are a New Creation
October 26th, 2021
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17, CSB)“You are a new creation, like a butterfly is a new creation from a caterpillar or a puddle on the street from a rainfall. You may not always feel ‘new’; you might still feel like a caterpillar or rain in the storm. “When you feel stuck in a cocoon or in a storm, rem...
From Now On
October 25th, 2021
From now on . . . I will know betterI won’t trust themMy kids will listenWe will have enough moneyI won’t be late“From now on” is a phrase that denotes a change. The change can come from a lesson learned, a crisis, a mistake, or a positive change in life. Sometimes the change is permanent; other times, it’s more like a well-intentioned New Year’s resolution.When Paul introduces the concept of the ...
Love God, Love Others
October 23rd, 2021
Every night I try to read my children a Bible story. Leviticus is a little much at bedtime for a 10-year-old, but our children do know Matthew 22:37-40:Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang o...
Good Fruit
October 16th, 2021
My mom brought me a bag of pears from my Aunt Flora Mae’s tree. She said the tree had produced way more than they could eat, and the pears covered the ground. I looked in the bag and there they were, perfect petite pears. I took one out and took a bite. Wow! What unbelievable flavor from such a small and simple thing! It was so good my mom and I talked about it in appreciation for a while. It was ...