Daily Devotional

Sorrowful, Yet Rejoicing

March 1, 2021

“As servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing….” 2 Corinthians 6:4, 10 Jesus was “full of joy,” and yet Isaiah called him “a man of sorrows.” How is it possible to experience both emotions at once? Well, think of your own experience. Often, joyful moments coincide with difficult…

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Be Thankful

February 28, 2021

“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20 As I write, I’m looking beyond my sliding glass door at a plaque on our patio wall. It’s surrounded by potted plants and flowers and a bird house. The plaque says: “So very Thankful, Forever Grateful, Unbelievably Blessed.”…

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Happy Resignation

February 27, 2021

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” James 1:2 Madam Guyon was a French noblewoman who lived in the 1700s. She was a vibrant Christian who was devoted to her Savior. Her popularity outraged the religious officials and their jealousy led to her imprisonment. For over ten…

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Submit and Resist

February 26, 2021

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.” James 4:7 Do you ever feel bombarded by hand grenades of fear and worry and anxiety? I sure do, especially at 3:00 a.m. when I cannot sleep. But James 4:7…

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He is Good

February 25, 2021

“You are good, and what you do is good.” Psalm 119:68 There are things in life you wouldn’t call “good.” Most of them are out of your control, making them seem even less good. A mischievous neighbor spreads gossip. Property taxes go up. Insurance does not cover the dental implant. A football injury damages your…

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Starve the Flesh

February 24, 2021

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 As…

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A Fuller Fellowship

February 23, 2021

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 Often, I hesitate in the face of a hard trial. Sometimes I’ll think, “I don’t have the strength for this trial.…

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Don’t Lose Your Saltiness

February 22, 2021

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” Matthew 5:13 These are troubling times in our nation. Nowadays, it’s hard to have a civil conversation about national policy or what’s…

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A Furrowed Character

February 21, 2021

“We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4 In the Bible, the word characteris from a root word which means “To scratch, engrave, or to cut into furrows.” Wow. It means if you long to be made more like Christ and…

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Watch Your Words

February 20, 2021

“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor.” Ephesians 4:25 Ours is a freewheeling culture in which people think they are free to say whatever they want, whenever and wherever they choose. Hi, I’m Joni, and I thought about this when my Christian friend blustered a few hotly political words in a…

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