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Devotion: Prayers

Prayers Please take the time to read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 My mom died when I was 14, two months before my 15th birthday. Colon cancer. She was 36 and that was 36 years ago. (Typing this is the first time I realized those two numbers have come to a point where they match....
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Women’s Devotion: Hope

Hope Comes As A Gift From God “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 How are you feeling entering the New Year this year? What messages are you seeing on commercials...
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Devotion: Peter

Peter Please read the scripture from the weekend: Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75 Two days before the Passover, Jesus tells his disciples he will be handed over to the authorities to be crucified soon after the festival. Then a woman anoints his head with expensive oil and Jesus explains...
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Women’s Devotion: Patient and Hopeful

Patient and Hopeful Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.James 5:7 Patience. As a former teacher, I always thought I was a pretty...
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Devotion: The Denial of Death

The Denial of Death Please review the scripture from the weekend, Matthew 26:14-16, 20-25, 36, 47-50 On the day I write this devotion, the United States will surpass 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. This milestone is making headlines. I think back to a year ago. The prediction...
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Devotion: Happy Birthday, Jesus

Happy Birthday, Jesus “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 For the past 20 years during Advent, I have prepared...
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Women’s Devotion: Advent Hope

Here we go, another opportunity to read about, write about, think about how will we celebrate this year’s Advent journey with the path clouded by a pandemic. How can we make this year of 2020 as celebratory in anticipation of the arrival of Christ as any other season of Advent?...
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Devotion: What Lies Beneath: Hope

Hope Please read the scripture from the weekend: Isaiah 40:1-11 Hope is something I have some days, but some days it seems in short supply. Right now, (pause) now there’s a term I would like to pass over for right now. Although I would like to think it’s getting better. That’s...
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Devotion: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving I read a U.S. News article last week that cited 2020 as the second most challenging year in the millennium rivaling 2001, the year of the 9/11 attacks. We are approaching the end of 2020 and entering 2021 with the persistent COVID pandemic, nationwide political...
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Devotion: Don’t Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will...
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Devotion: A Letter to Your Children

A Letter to Your Children Please take a moment to read Hebrews 11:1-3, 12:1-3 As a former writing teacher, I am always looking for an excuse to promote writing. This week’s scripture from Hebrews is a perfect example of writing for a purpose. It is a letter encouraging the Hebrew...
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Women’s Devotion: A Way in the Wilderness

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 In August 2019, when I last wrote a Women’s Ministry devotion, using Isaiah 43:19 as my guide, I was looking ahead...
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