Devotionals

Take Time for God

“Spend fifteen minutes each day with God this coming week.” The Sunday school teacher challenged her students. “When you first wake up, maybe even before you get dressed, take a few minutes reading Bible verses, listening to your favorite gospel or worship songs while you meditate on your Heavenly Father’s love, or turn to Him … Continue reading »

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I’ve Been There

“I’m here to listen, but if you don’t feel the need to talk, I understand.” Melanie set a cup of coffee on the table in front of her younger friend from church. She’d invited Stephanie to her house as an expression of friendship because she recognized the intense grief the other woman was going through … Continue reading »

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Do You Really Know How to Trust God?

      In lieu of making resolutions, every year around the first of January I ask God what I need to focus on for the next three hundred sixty five days. Most years I jot my goal down in my journal. This year, I sensed Him saying trust, trust, trust. For a control freak … Continue reading »

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Widows and Orphans

Ashley set the box of files on the table. Why did every project she tackled take so long? Maybe because you put things off until they grow out of proportion. Her inner voice mocked, but she had to agree. Her life was entirely too busy. With a sigh, she pulled out the first folder and … Continue reading »

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Like My Mother?

Loni arranged the desserts on the table in the church basement to make room for more then stepped back when Sue stopped beside her and added a pie to the offerings. “I didn’t expect to see you here tonight.” Loni gave her a sharp look. “Why not? I couldn’t miss one of our church suppers. … Continue reading »

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But I Can’t Speak!

“Tom, you shouldn’t be here. This isn’t right.” Jack perched on the stool next to his friend. “I don’t care. What do I have to live for?” Tom took a swallow of his drink, turning a shoulder toward Jack. Jack felt the subtle hint. He probably shouldn’t have followed Tom into the bar. It’d been … Continue reading »

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Peace, Be Still!

“Daddy!” Katie squealed as John walked into the house. He caught his little daughter and lifted her toward the ceiling before holding her, giggling and squirming in a warm hug. Katie brought a smile to his lips, but she couldn’t take the worry from his heart. As Katie ran off, he moved into the kitchen … Continue reading »

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Already Forgiven

“My brother’s in the hospital and needs prayer.” Julie called the prayer hotline at her church while tears poured from her broken heart. “His car rolled, and he’s in a coma. The doctors don’t give him much hope, but he’s only nineteen years old, and he doesn’t know the Lord.” A sob cut off anything … Continue reading »

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My Secret Room

Anna ushered her best friend through the new house. “We closed last Friday. It’s all ours now.” “Congratulations. It’s beautiful, Anna. So clean and neat.” Janie laughed. “I’ll bet you scrubbed every inch before you let me in the door.” Anna grinned at how close to the truth her friend was. She brushed her fingers … Continue reading »

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What Do You See?

Julia skirted a mud puddle while a memory from her childhood danced through her mind. Outside the church, her older cousin, Sue, hurried across the country road to the church. Julia, at the age of seven, loved stomping in puddles after a rain, and the one beside her cousin looked far too inviting.  “Julia Brown!” … Continue reading »

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