Assignment

“You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” (Matthew 4:10) This concise phrase pops off the page like a prescription for the year ahead as clearly as if a physician had jotted a remedy for the pressing “what-should-I-be-focused-on” dilemma. Not overly complicated, this verse presents the assignment for this next […]

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Divine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1 The vine is a life-giving imagery that crosses cultures effortlessly. Nourishment and stability pulse through the vine into all the branches; no living branch exists unless it is connected to the vine. Our Lord calls himself the vine; as his disciples we […]

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Taking

“He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.” John 13:4 For thirty-three years Jesus had practiced laying aside everything in order to make “himself nothing” and fulfill his calling as Savior. On his final night with his favorite people it was fitting that he would continue the process. The […]

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Living Nativity

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.”  (Luke 2:14) This very morning, we celebrate the wonder and beauty of everything Christmas! Rather than going through the motions of knowing the nativity by heart, perhaps we could manage to “be” a part of the Christmas story. […]

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Christmastime

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16) Our six-month grandson Joshua came over recently while his mom ran some errands. Kimberly left instructions for his next feeding and an ample supply of bottles behind. It was Christmastime, and the tree twinkled in the background as I enjoyed the sweetness of Joshua’s […]

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Glimpses of Glory

“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” John 1:18 Christ came at Christmastime, tumbling into our world within the arms of Mary and Joseph in that obscure little town of Bethlehem. After the angels heralded Jesus’ long-awaited arrival, the shepherds found him swaddled […]

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Summer Break

On Tuesdays for almost eight years I have posted a devotional blog to the Journeyfortheheart site and have loved every opportunity I had to get those written, edited, and posted. For the next few months of summertime I am choosing to take a little break from this inspiring endeavor and will plan on resuming in […]

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Bragging Rights

‘“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (2 Corinthians 10:17-18) They ooze out like sticky syrup, splotching conversation unnecessarily. Boastful words. Braggadocios challenges. Arrogant assumptions. Pride raises its puffed head and portrays pretentious imagery. […]

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Hide and Seek

“You have said, ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, LORD, do I seek.’”  (Psalm 27:8) They hid among the trees of the garden, the perfect garden he created for them to enjoy. After disobeying God’s clear instructions, Adam and Eve camouflaged themselves among the trees, hidden away “from the presence of […]

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Underwhelmed

“But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love…” (Nehemiah 9:17) They each blundered big under a varying set of circumstances. Eve reached for the fruit, Sarah handed over her maid, Moses slammed the rock, David hatched a deadly plot, and the children of Israel […]

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