The Key to Enduring Hardship

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Read: Genesis 50:15-21 God has given us many amazing promises in His Word. Yet, though we are assured of His steadfast love (Romans 8:38-39), provision (2 Corinthians 9:8), and guidance (Proverbs 16:9), He has not promised us an easy, trouble-free life. What we can count on, however, is that

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Blessed are the Merciful

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” Matthew 5:7 (KJV). If you and I have a desire to imitate God, seldom do we accomplish that purpose more than in the practice of showing mercy. God delights in nothing more than in the exercise of showing mercy. One of the clear

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Little Children

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8 Maybe your father mistreated you or was unkind.Oh, dear one, is the image of your heavenly Father based on your earthly father? Lily was abused as a teenager by her father.She was even

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The Lord is My Shepherd

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“The Lord is my Shepherd; I have everything I need.” Psalm 23:1 (NLT) I started a 40-day fast, abstaining from spending, acquiring and shopping. Thankfully my husband eagerly accepted the challenge to shop for groceries and necessities. Although as a woman I enjoy shopping, I realized early on

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We Like Sheep

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Sheep aren’t smart. They tend to wander into running creeks for water, then their wool grows heavy and they drown. They have no sense of direction. They need a shepherd to lead them to calm water. So do we! We, like sheep, tend to be swept away by waters we should have avoided. We have […]

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God Uses Our Suffering

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Read: Hebrews 12:10-11 Joseph’s life involved much suffering. The young man was betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery, unjustly imprisoned, and forgotten. But when God’s plan was revealed, Joseph declared that it was good (Genesis. 45:7-8). Scripture tells us that the Lord has many

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God’s Delight

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of a man; the Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”Psalm 147:10-11 Our culture loves sports. We cheer for those who can run the fastest, jump the longest, or catch a […]

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God’s Purpose

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever — do not abandon the works of your hands.”  Psalm 138:8 Thought God has a purpose and plan for each of our lives. The greatest thing we can do is to find that purpose and live it out. We can trust […]

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Obedience Leads to Peace

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7

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Never Give Up

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”Hebrews 10:35, 36 The power of persistence accomplishes great things. I witnessed this in my fourteen-year-old

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What Are You Scattering?

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“…you be an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 “It’s not what you gather but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.” (Helen Walton) I stood on the shore and watched the kids throw rocks into the

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God does Big Things with Small Deeds

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin” Zechariah 4:10 (NLT) Begin. Just begin! What seems small to you might be huge to someone else. Just ask Bohn Fawkes. During World War II, he piloted a B-17. On one mission he sustained flak from Nazi

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Perfect Peace

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you” — Isaiah 26:3 Thought While it is naive, on one hand, to think that trusting in God makes all of our problems go away — Christians have many of the same problems that unbelievers do because they share the

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Piece versus Peace

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
I have heard serene and beautiful places described as a “little piece of heaven“.  It may be a pristine beach with tumbling waves glistening in the moonlight. A vast mountain vista or a bubbling creek under the canopy of shade trees. But it is ONLY a piece. It cannot replace the inner peace

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Are You Eager?

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.”  Romans 1:15 KJV The love Paul felt for God and for other people compelled-obliged-him to preach to the Romans. Though he’d never met them, he felt obligated to God. That means he felt duty-bound to share the […]

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I Love the Lord

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“I love the Lord. He heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” — Psalm 116:1-2 Thought Understanding the Lord’s love, presence, and nearness should lead us to serve him and to deepen our relationship with him. […]

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Near

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
I want to be counted among those who intentionally draw near to Jesus—near to the One who saved us, loves us, and pours immeasurable grace and mercy into our lives; the One who leads and guides us, strengthens us, and never leaves us alone. I remember others long before me who are known for

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No Holding Back

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12 I came to a place in my relationship with God when, for the first time, I felt I was able to openly talk to Him. I shared my heart, my pain, my sin… anything and everything. I didn’t […]

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Unfailing Love

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the LORD because he is good to me.” Psalm 13:5-6 (NLT) It is human nature to doubt God’s unfailing Love. Love in its natural form is not unfailing, but quite fallible. We are often let down […]

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Choosing to Forgive

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
Read: Ephesians 4:31-32 Isn’t it interesting that young children generally don’t hold grudges? They may cry and throw tantrums, but once their anger has been vented, they let it go. Adults, however, have a tendency to hang on to offenses. When people wrong us or our loved ones, we want them to

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