Daily Devotional

Time is Fleeting

By Joni and Friends | January 23, 2019

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16 There is nothing as valuable in life as an opportunity. In today’s Scripture, Paul tells us, “Be very careful, then, how you live…making the most of every opportunity, because the…

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God’s Sovereign Hand

By Joni and Friends | January 22, 2019

“That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him.” Esther 6:1 One night, Xerxes, emperor of the mighty Persian Empire, couldn’t sleep. That may seem like a random, trivial fact—but it’s not. That one night of…

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Purpose in Difficulty

By Joni and Friends | January 21, 2019

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 Paul’s words seem like a sweet, cool breeze on a sweltering afternoon: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,…

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Walk by the Spirit

By Joni and Friends | January 20, 2019

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 Many formerly active, able-bodied people have had to learn a new pace in life after an accident or illness. Whether the condition is temporary or permanent, it isn’t easy. The memory and muscles still remember what…

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The Lost One

By Joni and Friends | January 19, 2019

“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine…

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We Need Each Other

By Joni and Friends | January 18, 2019

“But in fact, God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” 1 Corinthians 12:18 When I was in Germany speaking at a church, a blind woman named Elizabeth served as my interpreter. You can imagine the two of us on stage—me with my wheelchair…

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Refuge and Strength

By Joni and Friends | January 17, 2019

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” -Psalm 46:1 Nothing is more suffocating, more soul stifling, than feelings of hopelessness. Despair can seep into your soul like floodwaters into a basement. We’ve all been there when hope seems so very faint. But true hope is not a feeling; it is a…

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Lord, Stir My Soul

By Joni and Friends | January 16, 2019

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth…

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A Word Fitly Spoken

By Joni and Friends | January 15, 2019

“Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.” Proverbs 20:15 Have you ever received a note or card at just the right time with just the right word of encouragement? It’s like getting a message straight from heaven, isn’t it? In Proverbs, Solomon writes, “A word fitly…

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A Grand-Scale Vision

By Joni and Friends | January 14, 2019

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you…

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