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Devotion: Principles

Principles “… love one another, as I have loved you.”John 13:33-35 In the acclaimed book, Letters from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “The early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days, the church was not...
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Women’s Devotion: Being Thankful

Being Thankful “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever”Psalm 118:1 I admit I’m a chronic list maker. Always have been. The lists don’t need to be written down on paper—sometimes they are simply in my head. These lists tend to keep me...
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Devotion: Love Is Kind

Love Is Kind Please review the scripture from this weekend: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. I can’t imagine there have been very many original words said about love in a long time, but love is such an essentiality of being a God-infused human, that if we don’t continually remind ourselves...
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Devotion: Love Your Enemies

Love Your Enemies Please take a moment to read Luke 6:27-38 After watching the evening news, I was struck by how many enemies there are in the world. How on earth can we love them? Shootings, bombings, and deceit ruin a perfectly made world. God wants harmony, honesty, generosity...
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Women’s Devotion: God’s Loving Embrace

God’s Loving Embrace He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”Mark...
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Devotion: At Work

At Work Please take a moment and read the scripture from this weekend: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 I bought a new graphic t-shirt that says, “Stay Positive.” I’d like to say the shirt is a reminder for the people around me, but honestly, it’s for myself....
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Women’s Devotion: Chosen by God

Chosen by God Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.Isaiah 43:1 When I was in elementary school, I always got nervous when it was time to choose teams at recess. I knew I wouldn’t ever be the first one chosen but I didn’t want to be the last...
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Devotion: What Does Love Require of Me?

What Does Love Require of Me? Please take a moment and read the scripture from this weekend:1 Corinthians 13 & Matthew 7:7-12 As I read chapter 6 of Andy Stanley’s book, “Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets,” I couldn’t stop singing a song from my childhood, “They’ll Know We Are...
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Women’s Devotion: One Another

One Another And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.Hebrews 10:24-25 This encouraging...
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Women’s Devotion: The Gift of a Baby

The Gift of a Baby And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.Luke 2:7 Christmas is a time I think about babies as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Each year I’m moved by a...
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Devotion: Love

Love Please read the scripture from the weekend: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11. Who are the “they” referred to in Isaiah 61:3 as “oaks of righteousness?” Prior to that line, the chapter speaks of the poor, the brokenhearted, prisoners, and those who mourn and grieve. But so many Old...
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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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