Daily devotional
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We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus 
to do good works, which God prepared 
in advance for us to do. - Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) Strip clubs aren’t places you would typically expect a … more
Seek first [your heavenly Father’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will 
be given to you as well. - Matthew 6:33 (NIV) A woman whom I had supervised 35 years before was … more
The peace of God, which surpasses all 
understanding, will guard your hearts 
and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:7 (NRSV) Our congregation was shocked when our pastor’s wife, … more
The one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. - Hebrews 2:11 (NIV) One of my earliest childhood … more
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. - Psalm 34:18 (NIV) I have always been fascinated by Kintsugi, the traditional Japanese art of mending broken pieces … more
In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. - Matthew 7:12 (NRSV) One day in school, I saw classmates bullying a girl in my class. They ganged … more
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, 
whenever you face trials of many kinds. - James 1:2 (NIV) I grew up braving bees, skunks, and thorns to pick wild blackberries for the promise of … more
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. - 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NRSV) Psychologist Jean … more
Paul wrote, “My God will meet all your needs 
according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:19 (NIV) Each Friday, people flock to a farmers market near my home to buy … more
Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow 
has put in more than all those who are 
contributing to the treasury.” - Mark 12:43 (NRSV) As a young Annapolis plebe disembarking from the … more
Do not let sin reign in your mortal body 
so that you obey its evil desires. - Romans 6:12 (NIV) Working in the unforgiving heat of the day during our environmental cleanup campaign, approximately … more
After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord 
restored his fortunes and gave him 
twice as much as he had before. - Job 42:10 (NIV) Not long after I turned 40, my health started going … more
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies 
proclaim the work of his hands. - Psalm 19:1 (NIV) I experience a special joy any time I pull an envelope out of my mailbox and see the handwriting … more
I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. - Psalm 3:4 (KJV) I had been driving to a town almost 200 miles away for an annual professional conference. I had set out … more
You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. - 2 … more
Those who had actually seen what had happened to the demon-possessed man told the others about the pigs. Then they pleaded with Jesus to leave their region. - Mark 5:16-17 (CEB) Each time I read … more
I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior. - Habakkuk 3:18 (NIV) In 2001, my husband was diagnosed with cancer, my uncle died, and my mother’s congestive heart failure took a … more
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. - Hebrews 10:24 (NIV) I’ve always wanted to do great things for God — to change the world and to live a life that … more
Take . . . the talent from him [which had received the one talent], and give it unto him which hath ten talents. - Matthew 25:28 (KJV) Despite being raised by loving Christian parents, I began … more
Moses said, “Please, my Lord, just send someone else.” - Exodus 4:13 (CEB) Several years ago, at the request of our small church, our minister led us through a Bible study that offered insight … more
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