Devotional

Sharing God's Love

Dear God: Everyone's favorite Bible text could be, "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."

Well Connected

Dear God: I’m pretty connected. After all, I work at my computer all day and sometimes into the night and have full access to e-mail.

Deal or No Deal

If my life were on television and people could see how I grasp at things: a nicer car, more furniture, more clothes, etc.

A Radical Idea

Dear God: The law of heaven calls for a radical way of living that turns human logic on its head. It's customary for us to love and value those who treat us well.

New Year, New Heart

Dear God: It's a new year. Thank you for fresh opportunities to live for you and others. In Psalm 65:11, I read "You crown the year with a bountiful harvest."

Guest of Honor

Dear God: The Christmas season is a beautiful time of year. It is the Holiday season—by Your presence, make it also a Holy season.

Attitude of Gratitude

Dear God: This is the time of year that we think about earth's harvest, good food, and being with family. Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year in the United States.

I'm Frustrated

Dear God: I’m fat and I’m frustrated—but I guess not quite enough to do anything about it. I cringe every time I hear on the news that Americans are getting fatter...

I Love Fall

Dear God: What a glorious day. The leaves just turning their beautiful colors — gold, red, yellow, burgundy. A walk in the woods with my grandsons turned into a wonderful teaching time and exploration about you and your creation.

Time For School

Dear God: School has started. Today I pray Your very special blessing on all educational institutions.

Sometimes I Doubt

Dear God: I was hit with a surging wave of doubt today. About You. Please forgive me, but I’m sometimes bombarded by the fact that everything about You, every claim You make, is invisible and has to be taken on faith.

My Child Is Hurting

Dear God: It's hard being a parent when I see my child experiencing something painful that I can't do anything about. My son is depressed and lonely. Help him take his medication.

Resurrection Hope

Dear God: Thank you for the Easter season that reaffirms our faith, trust and hope in the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. He gives us the hope to which we cling—"Because I live—you too shall live."

Exposing Your Grace

Dear God: It's a new day and I thank You for bringing me to it; for the benefits of rest and renewal. I just finished reading about when Jesus healed several people of their physical problems.

 

God's Personal Message

God always speaks with purpose. Seek His purpose through the reading you are focused on. Is He asking something of you? Revealing something to you? Drawing you closer to Him through encouragement? Is He working to change your character?

What God is saying to you as you meditate on His Word may not be immediately understood or grasped. Just as gold is hidden deep within the earth, God's message is often hidden beneath the surface. It may require some patient digging to discover His meaning for you. You may have to go over the passage several times, reading it in several translations or paraphrases before you discern God's words for you. Don't give up. Be patient with God and with yourself, and your patience will be rewarded.

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The Sign

I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

As a Rose

The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.

I Will Remember

I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old.

My Soul Thirsts

O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.