Taking God at His Word

 Weekly Devotionals

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind...

Romans 12:2

Posted: 2/19/2020
“Could you move along?” “I don’t have time!” “What is taking so long?” ”We are going to be late!” “Please hurry!” I cringe when I think how many of those exclamations I have used. Maybe you can relate. Our generation is one that values “instant” everything—instant phone connections, instant food, instant messaging on the internet…even instant religion.
Posted: 2/12/2020
People worship God differently. Some are loud and expressive while others are quiet and contemplative. Some kneel, some raise hands, some bow heads. Some read their prayers and some say whatever comes to mind.
Posted: 2/5/2020
God has blessed you to be a blessing to others. He expects you to exercise good stewardship in those areas where you have been blessed; whether you are blessed materially, financially, or with certain talents and abilities …”to whom much is given, much is required” (Luke 12:48).
Posted: 1/29/2020
Many of us suffer from a disease called people-pleasing. We believe that as long as others are happy with us, God must be happy with us, too. Even going back to our childhood, we remember the pain of rejection.
Posted: 1/22/2020
When we know God is for us, it affects our perspective. Our knowledge of God’s character gives us the supernatural ability to choose gratitude, regardless of how life plays out.
Posted: 1/15/2020
Have you noticed that the longer you walk with God, the more aware you become of your sinful nature? Pride, especially, rears its ugly head when I least expect it. It’s the hardest part of the old self to give up.
Posted: 1/8/2020
The decisions we face daily can produce great stress in our lives. Sometimes we are forced to live with the results of others’ decisions. But we always live with the knowledge that we are responsible for the outcome of the decisions we make.
Posted: 12/30/2019
I love the start of each new year because it gives me the chance to make some fresh resolutions and begin again. Losing weight (I must confess), spending more time with loved ones, and just being a more loving person are always annual intentions of mine.
Posted: 12/25/2019
Like you, I can’t wait to gather with my family by the Christmas tree today. There will be gifts we wrapped for loved ones, hoping they’ll be pleased, and gifts with our names on them creating curiosity in us!
Posted: 12/18/2019
As parents, we try to set good examples for our children. But, as the saying goes, perception is reality. How our children perceive us is a pretty accurate picture of who we are.
Posted: 12/11/2019
C.S. Lewis wrote, “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.” How could he know me so well? If someone has done me (or especially my children) wrong, my natural self would much rather harbor a grudge than forgive. But if I don’t forgive, I am only hurting myself because of the consequences of unforgiveness.
Posted: 12/4/2019
Recently I was frustrated with my sweet husband because he didn’t agree with me on a certain matter. I thought, “Terry is just not meeting all my needs.” After a time of prayer, it’s as though God shook me back into reality and said, “Nancy, Terry will never meet all your needs.” The only person who can meet all of anyone’s needs is Jesus.
Posted: 11/27/2019
Leafing through family photo albums always reminds me of how fast the years go by! I see pictures of me as a toddler, holding my mother’s hand. A few pages later I see my own children as toddlers holding my hand. Then before you know it, there are pictures of my children as parents with their own toddlers.
Posted: 11/20/2019
When my last child left for college, I walked back into the house and sat on my bed in tears while rummaging through childhood photos. For years we strive to get our children to a place of independence. Once the mission’s accomplished, where’s the celebration? I felt sad and adrift.
Posted: 11/13/2019
As I changed his diaper, my father looked up at me and whispered, “Funny how life has come full circle. Seems like yesterday I was changing you.” The ALS had taken its toll. Dad needed to be fed, bathed, and dressed. Daily. I was exhausted.
Posted: 11/6/2019
When the phone rang, I could hardly understand my sister’s frantic words. Sobbing uncontrollably, she shouted, “Danny had a heart attack last night! The doctors don’t know if he’s going to make it!” In shock, I said, “I am leaving now and will be praying all the way there!”
Posted: 10/30/2019
We just returned from a family vacation. We had four females and two males in our group. Guess which group brought the most luggage? And guess which two ended up carrying most of it? Over time, my daughters and I have learned to travel light—and my husband and son are grateful. All journeys are more enjoyable when we choose to carry less baggage.
Posted: 10/23/2019
Silence the alarm. Crawl out of bed. Coffee? Check. Return emails? Check. Scheduled appointments? Check. Off in the car I go.
Posted: 10/16/2019
At a prayer service for the husband of a dear friend, a large crowd sat in silence as his wife rolled his wheelchair into the chapel. We had known this man through the years as vibrant, strong, and energetic. But the man we greeted was weak, pale, bald—and very much living in the moment.
Posted: 10/9/2019
Here I am, lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, sleepless. Body still but mind racing. Why does life seem darker at night? And I don’t just mean physically. It’s as though Satan and his minions wait for me to be alone so they can attack my mind.
Posted: 10/2/2019
I’ve never been good at following directions, especially while driving my car. My internal compass left me confused, if not lost. When I became a Christian I suffered a similar fate—I found that the internal “life compass” I used before could no longer be trusted.
Posted: 9/25/2019
Being real and transparent doesn’t come easily to most of us. It’s easier to hide behind perfectionism, performance, and persona. There’s no cost involved, no shame to endure. But there is also no fruit produced.
Posted: 9/18/2019
No one wants to suffer and yet we all will at some point. And we can expect depression and discouragement to set in if we think we have no hope. But trials are not meant to focus on you, but on the sufficiency of Christ in you. Whatever circumstance or trial you find yourself in, the purpose is so that “the life of Jesus may also be revealed” in your life.
Posted: 9/11/2019
When I became a Christian, there was one overwhelming truth that took so much pressure off the choices I made: Everything that happens in life has been filtered through the loving hands of my heavenly Father.
Posted: 9/4/2019
Remember the days of Leave It to Beaver, Father Knows Best, and The Donna Reed Show? I loved those shows—especially the beautiful Donna Reed. While my mom looked a lot like Donna Reed, the resemblance didn’t go much further.

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