Daily Devotional

A Mothers Request

May 15, 2021

“Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. ‘Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.’ ‘You don’t know what you are asking,’ Jesus said to them. ‘Can…

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Yardsticks

May 14, 2021

“Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following. When Peter saw him, he asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.’”       John 21:20-22 Christians know that it’s wrong to compare, yet our culture…

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Be Personal

May 13, 2021

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  –Isaiah 41:10 God always uses such intimate language when he relates to us. He paints warm images of sheltering us under…

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His Calling

May 12, 2021

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”  1 Peter 2:21 When suffering hits hard, when all looks dark and you wonder why you “signed up” for the Christian life in the first place, it helps to remember your calling. When God called…

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Don’t Ask for Trials

May 11, 2021

“The Lord disciplines the one he loves and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”  Hebrews 12:6 I was at a conference, speaking about the benefits that come from embracing God in difficult trials. But I was stunned when a woman approached me afterward and said, “Joni, I see how Christian character is honed…

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A Nail in a Sure Place

May 10, 2021

“And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.” Isaiah 22:23 You would agree, the world is teetering on the brink of despair. So much division and social isolation, people no longer know how to trust each other. Resentful feelings erupt too…

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The Lord is my Protector

May 8, 2021

“Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from men of violence who plan to trip my feet.”  Psalm 140:4 I remember when I was in first grade, and my older sister Kathy and I were walking home from school. A car suddenly pulled over and a strange man opened his passenger…

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Wonderfully Made

May 7, 2021

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14 Years ago, my friend was racing me in my wheelchair across an icy parking lot. It was freezing, and we wanted to reach our warm van. Suddenly, she slipped, and I flew out of…

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Abide in Christ

May 6, 2021

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5 My friend Leslie recently attended a virtual conference, and she said to me, “Joni, I really needed that event; it super-charged my spiritual batteries, and I’m…

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Opposite Colors

May 5, 2021

“I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.”   Isaiah 45:7 As an artist, when I want to highlight a certain part of my painting, I always use colors that are opposites on the color wheel. If I want to draw attention to, let’s…

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