What Matters Most for the New Year

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
Moving into a new year isn’t as simple as merely turning the page on a calendar. Sometimes, instead of an organized list of plans and goals the new year looks like a list of question marks. The things of life don’t always fall neatly into place with everything sorted and resolved according to

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I am Doing a New Thing

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“This is what the Lord says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:16,18-19 Thought The year is gone, finished, past. We […]

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Unchanging

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”  Hebrews 13:8 As we cross the threshold into a new year and begin putting one foot in front of the other, we can feel the tenuous shakiness of change all around us. Yet as we look forward, with that familiar mix of anticipation and

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The Road Less Traveled

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. . . Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind […]

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New Isn’t Always Comfortable

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions
“(What I have done in the past) is nothing compared to what I’m going to do! I’m going to do a brand new thing.”Isaiah 43:18-19 (Life Application Bible) As we contemplate the freshness of a new year, we’re tempted to quickly rejoice over God’s words to Israel. Who would not want to be part of

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Fear or Love

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear”1 John 4:18 If we cocoon ourselves and build up walls to try to keep others from hurting us because we are afraid of being hurt, we haven’t really understood God’s love. Read A.W. Tozer’s  powerful affirmations about love and fear

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God’s Steadfast Love

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me: your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever” Psalm 138:8 (NRSV). Most of us have sung, “Jesus loves me this I know,” and recited “For God so loved the world,” since we were children. Yet, we often doubt God’s love. Why is that? We have three mistaken

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Six Needs You Will Have in 2019

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love, prayer
“If the Lord is willing, we shall live and we shall do this or that [thing]“.James 4:15 (AMP) “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.” Matthew 6:34 (AMP) “Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead

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A New Year’s Resolution

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Aaah, the New Year.  I don’t know about you but I always seem to have mixed feelings about the year to come? I think because it is the UNKNOWN! What will this New Year bring?  What joys?  What sorrows?  What losses?  What gains?  How strong will my faith be in 2019, I wonder?  What resolutions

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Power in the Calm

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love, prayer
“…Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10 NIV The lights in the den flicker on and off twice, then total darkness settles over my house.  The alarm system makes the familiar fading beeping noise signaling power is lost.  No electricity is being transported to us on this hot, summer

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God is Thinking about You

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“How precious it is, Lord, to realize that You are thinking about me constantly.” Psalm 139:17 Our son and his wife arrived at our house just minutes before we were leaving for a conference. They lived in northern Alberta and had driven all night so we could meet our newest granddaughter,

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Being in God’s Thoughts

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” Psalm 139:17 Divine omniscience (God’s all-knowingness) gives no comfort to the ungodly mind, but to the child of God it overflows with consolation. God is always thinking about us, never turns aside His mind from us,

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Passionate about Jesus

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“…neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39 Bobbi’s spiritual life needed refreshing. Prayer became a duty rather than a joy. Friend, God wants an intimate relationship with Bobbi!

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God, the One and Only

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known”. — John 1:18 Thought Jesus is God’s greatest message. He not only proclaims and declares God’s love, mercy, and grace, he has made it known. Only Jesus can display God to us fully, […]

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A Miracle on Christmas Eve

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions
“All who are oppressed may come to Him. He is a refuge for them in their times of trouble” Psalm 9:9 My father was born in the Ukraine and spent his first fifteen years there.  One Christmas his two older brothers bought a German-made Christmas musical wind-up tree stand for their parents. It

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Let Us Go to Bethlehem

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“The angels left them and went back to heaven. The shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see what the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2:15 Christmastime is a season when many people are more interested in the present than the past. But, it is the past that Christmas is all […]

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Shining Faces

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us.” Psalm 67:1 I remember one of my mother’s favorite sayings: “How I love to see your shining face.” When faces shine they are elated, full of joy, love and anticipation. “Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow” are […]

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A Time of Praise and Worship

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy…. And they fell down and worshiped him.”  Matthew 2:10-11 Worship was such an important part of that first Christmas.  The wise-men worshiped Jesus in the house where they found him.  The prophetess Anna and Simeon worshiped in

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A Christ(mas) Meditation

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room You have prepared your gift list. You have begun preparing your house for the holidays. Take time to prepare your heart to make room for the One whose birthday we celebrate. My purpose in writing this devotional is to “make ready a people prepared for the Lord”

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Loving Through Conflict

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 Christmas events can sometimes give rise to relational conflict that mars the peace of the season. Conflict often reflects unmet needs. No one likes to be thought of as needy. It’s easier to

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