Clouded View

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
It can happen in a matter of minutes. A beautiful sunshiny day can become overcast, gloomy, and dank. A wet fog rolls in and blankets everything. It clings to you as you strain to see beyond a few feet in front of you. You feel closed in, almost claustrophobic. Your hands are tempted to swoosh

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His Presence and Help

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”  Isaiah 41:13 Thought Life crashes in and we wish we could be children again and have someone to take care of us and protect us. Into our confused and chaotic […]

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Two Ways Through a Valley

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Read: Psalm 27:1-14 What do you do when the pressures of life seem greater than you can bear? Journeys through a valley are inevitable and painful, but God doesn’t waste them. The trials of life can be times of discovery about Him. In our helplessness, we discover His almighty power to sustain

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Keep Waiting–God is at Work

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
I’m convinced the Sabbath was created for frantic souls like me, people who need a weekly reminder that the world will not stop if I do. In one of the most dramatic examples of waiting in the Bible, Daniel prays for people who’d been oppressed for seventy years. He abstained from food and drink

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Journey into Wholeness

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.”  Psalm 54:2 Once, after walking the streets of the most destitute area in our city, I asked a friend who lives there as a missionary about taking a person through the process of coming into freedom. As a couple, my missionary friends

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Our God Knows What to Do

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“He (God) upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow…” Psalm

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God is Father to the Fatherless

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” A glimpse of God’s goodness changes us. If He is only slightly stronger than us, why pray? If He has limitations, questions, and hesitations, then you might as well pray to the Wizard of Oz. Psalm 68:5-6 says, God is “a father to the

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Forsaken but not Alone

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“I will not leave you as orphans (comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless); I will come to you” John 14:18 (Amplified) And be sure of this: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20 (NLT) When we’re going through a difficult time, we look to friends and

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A Place of Rest

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“So there is a full complete rest still waiting for the people of God. Christ has already entered there. He is resting from His work, just as God did after the creation. Let us do our best to go into that place of rest, too, being careful not to disobey God as the children of […]

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Comfort in Times of Uncertainty

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions
Comfort in Times of Uncertainty “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.”Psalm 23: 4 (NIV) I drove home through thick fog tonight. There have been fog patches around our home and in […]

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The Gift of Love

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Read: 1 John 4:7-10 Is there someone in your life you’re struggling to love? In other words, is there a person for whom—despite your good intentions, effort, and awareness of how you ought to act—it just seems impossible to muster any affection? Knowing that we should love doesn’t automatically

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The Road Ahead

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Roads. Some are short with a definite destination. Others are long and winding, with a scenic view. Like me, you might find yourself on a road you didn’t know you were on, but when you look back you can see where it started and where it’s taken you, even if you still can’t see the […]

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What’s Your Excuse?

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have.” – Judges 6:14 NIV But God I am not qualified… But God I don’t have a degree… But God so many others have what it takes to do this… But God I don’t have enough money… But God I don’t have what […]

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A Pasture for the Soul

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
When God gave the Ten Commandments and it came to Sabbath rest, His message was clear: If creation didn’t crash when I rested, it won’t crash when you do!  You know we need to rest. For a field to bear fruit, it must occasionally lie fallow. And for you to be healthy, you must rest. When David

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Choose Trust

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Proverbs 3:5-6 “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.“ I often refer to these verses because they are how I live my life. I have a devotion titled In God I Trust which is now […]

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Peace Has Been Provided

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power

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Mercy and Grace

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
You and I have stumbled in life.  We’ve done our best, only to trip and fall.  The distance between where we are and where we want to be is impassable. Where do we turn? I suggest we look to one of God’s sweetest promises: “For our high priest [Jesus] is able to understand our weaknesses.  He

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Facing a Wall of Fear?

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Perhaps standing before you is a wall of fear.  Brick upon brick of anxiety and dread. Haunting you are the kings of confusion.  Thanks to them, you’ve struggled with your identity and destiny. You’ve bought the lie that life has no purpose…that life has no absolutes. As a child of God, it

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