Daily Devotional

The Helpless and the Powerful

A Lion. A Lamb. Strong, fierce, bold. Meek, gentle, sacrificial. The lion and the lamb have long been paired in literature and history. The juxtaposition of the powerful majesty of the King of Beasts and the gentle helplessness of the lamb create a longing, an almost mythical dream and hope for the two to live […]

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Encouraging Words

Whatever is going on in your life—good, difficult, challenging, promising—whatever you are facing, I want to encourage you during this week of thankfulness the way a friend encouraged me with God’s Word.  Take the time to meditate on these promises and thoughts, search through the scriptures and let them speak to your heart and mind. […]

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Trust Is a Choice

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6). All your heart.  All your ways.  God is asking us to completely trust Him. Well, I have faith, you might say. After all, faith is what […]

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The Miracle of Compassion

“I have compassion for these people.” —Mark 8:2 The disciples were tired.  At the end of a long day, they complained to Jesus, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food”(Matthew 14:15). The throngs that followed Jesus […]

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Right on the Edge

Are you weary? Discouraged?  Worn out?  Here is what God promises you: But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.—Isaiah 40:31 We can walk, and even run and God will sustain us. Remember Moses and […]

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How Do We Enter the Secret Place?

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”—Hebrews 4:16 Yesterday we talked about the secret place of prayer: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). How do we […]

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Rise Up!

Upward Calling “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”—Psalm 91:1 Oh to rest in the shadow of the Almighty! Think of yourself at a beach on a hot, sunny day.  Sure, it’s great to be out there basking in the warmth of the sun—until it […]

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The Secret to Life and Strength

“He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.”—Matthew 14:23 Most of us are living on the edge of a great secret. God has been speaking to me about my prayer life.  As a believer who has walked with the Lord for many years, taught the Bible, and served in ministry, one might think […]

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How to Alter the Atmosphere

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.—Psalm 95:6  Do we know what worship means and does? Do we know the power of worship to change our surroundings? Singing in church, raising your hands, and feeling moved emotionally by the beauty of the music is just the beginning. […]

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Too Much to Handle on Your Own

“Hope in God…”—Psalm 42:11 When our failures and difficulties cause us to be angry and frustrated, we sometimes think God has let us down.  We know we can’t live up to our own expectations, much less God’s, and anguish, fear, discouragement, bitterness, and depression begin to poison our hearts and minds.  As a self-protective measure, […]

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