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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Four Steps to Forgiving Others

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV). Too many of us don’t really understand what forgiveness is. We struggle

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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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Break the Cycle

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 I always thought I was free. Not only was I descended from independent pioneer forebears, but I had also come to understand (I thought) the concept of grace. It was comforting to think that, even though there was compromise in my

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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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Truth Can Set You Free

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love, prayer
Read: John 8:31-36 Freedom is something we all love, but do we really know what it is? Some people think it’s being able to choose or act with few if any restraints, limits, or accountabilities. But that is what God calls rebellion because it’s a rejection of authority, as each one does as he

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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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My Refuge and My Shield

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” Psalm 119:114 Thought Where can we go to remain secure from the onslaught of bad ideas, evil influences, and false hopes? We can go to God and his Word. While people can be disloyal and misguided, God’s love is proven […]

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Sanding off the Rough Edges

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“ … God’s kindness leads you toward repentance…” Romans 2:4 It’s so easy to let judgment rise up within our hearts toward one another. In little ways every day we choose to offer grace or to simply stand in judgment. When our hearts offer grace, freely received from the heart of God, we are

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A Time to Throw Away

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set

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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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Beware of the Stronghold of Cold Love

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
Is your love growing softer, brighter and more visible? Or is it becoming more discriminating, more calculating, less vulnerable and less available? This is a very important issue, for your Christianity is only as real as your love. A measurable decrease in your ability to love is evidence that

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Unselfish Choices

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 Erin and Pete were married during their second pregnancy.  They were both admittedly selfish.  But two selfish people equal one miserable relationship. Erin’s heart grew cold because she believed Pete had

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Peace in the Midst of Pressure

Category: 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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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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Wonderful Promises

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
Wonderful Promises “Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” —2 Corinthians 7:1 Thought God has blessed us with so many wonderful promises. He has secured them through

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