Archive for the Devotional Category

5 Questions to Ponder As We Begin A New Year

A new year! I always get excited about what a new year might hold. God knows what’s ahead for each of us this year, and He reveals it to us one step at a time. For some, there will be great joy and pleasant surprises, gifts from God. For others, there will be heartache and sadness, gifts from God. How will we respond to what He has in store for us this year? I like to

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The Best Christmas Gift

The Best Christmas Gift

I have received many Christmas gifts over the years, but none compare to the gift God gave us over 2000 years ago when He sent His Son to this earth. The King of all creation left His throne to give us the gift of salvation. God chose to share the first proclamations of His Son’s arrival not to kings, not to the religious leaders of the day, not to the best and the brightest of the community. He

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How To Spend Time Alone With God

How To Spend Time Alone With God

I’m often asked what I do in my quiet times alone with God. I wrote a previous post on one method I sometimes use, Walking Through the Tabernacle. To be honest, I don’t have a set routine because I don’t want it to become mechanical, but I do have certain things that I incorporate into my quiet times each day. A Devotional Reading I like to begin by reading from a devotional book. Sometimes I use

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What Are You Giving Jesus for His Birthday?

What Are You Giving Jesus for His Birthday?

  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Decorations are going up, Christmas music is being played on radio stations, the traffic around the malls has doubled, and many of us are hunkering down for winter weather this weekend. I love celebrating the birthday of my Savior, Jesus Christ. This past week, I shared a few thoughts with the women at our annual Women’s Christmas Dinner and gave them two questions to ponder over

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Give Thanks For Everything?

Give Thanks For Everything?

This week is Thanksgiving—a time we reflect on giving thanks. It’s easy to give thanks for those good things in life—a good home, a job, family, material blessings, and friends. But it’s not as easy to give thanks for those unwanted intruders into our lives—like pain, suffering, loss, disappointment. Are we to give thanks for those difficult things also? Yes. We are to give thanks in everything. God’s Word tells us to. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Lessons Learned From a Rock Badger

Where do you run for strength, protection, and security when life gets hard and you find yourself in the midst of one spiritual battle after another? Isaiah 26:3–4 points us to where we should run, if we’re wise. “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.” The key word in this passage is

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Overcoming Failure

“I feel like a failure.” Have you thought or said those words recently? I have. Perhaps you feel like a failure in the area of parenting or marriage or your job or ministry or some endeavor you took on. When I start to have those thoughts of being a failure, I get discouraged and want to quit. Sometimes, it’s true that we have failed. Other times, it’s just lies from Satan, who would love to

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When God Doesn’t Answer Prayer

We pray and pray for something, believing that God will do it. But, when God doesn’t answer in the way we had prayed, do we doubt that God answers prayer? God does answer prayer, but not always in the way we ask or in our timing. When He doesn’t answer in the way we ask, we need to consider the possibility that something is not right in our prayers. Am I praying with wrong motives, perhaps

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Eeyore or Piglet?

I love the Winnie the Pooh books, especially as an adult. Two of my favorite characters are Eeyore and Piglet because they show us two very different personalities that we can relate to. Eeyore always looked at life through a negative lens. Piglet was… well, just Piglet, positive and happy. Piglet would be refreshing to be around. Eeyore would have the opposite effect. This morning I was reading some Bible passages about believers refreshing other believers.

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Prayer: Obligation or Necessity?

Do you look at prayer as an obligation or as a necessity? For some, prayer has become nothing more than a routine ritual they go through out of a sense of obligation. Jesus saw prayer as a necessity, not an obligation. No matter how busy He was, He always took time to pray. He knew the importance of spending time alone with the Father in prayer. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in his book, Studies in the Sermon on

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