Devotional: Wherever You Go

devotional wherever you go

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9, NIV

Levi had begged for several weeks to go to summer camp. After talking about it with Levi’s mother, his father finally said he could go. Levi’s dad was delighted that his son wanted to go away to basketball camp. They had a shared passion for the sport. (more…)

Devotional: The God Who Sees

devotional the God who sees

“I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul.” – Psalm 31:7, NIV

Have you ever felt rejected and alone, like no one could see you? That’s how Hagar must have felt in the desert. She was a slave girl that had been selected to be a surrogate mother. (more…)

Devotional: Your Identity is Secure

devotional Your Identity is Secure

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” – 1 John 3:1, NIV

Savannah knew she had too many activities packed into her days but she felt like she couldn’t say no to anyone. No matter the request, she was always the one who came through for everybody else. (more…)

Devotional: Passing Gratitude To Your Children

devotional Passing Gratitude To Your Children

“Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – Psalm 106:1, NIV

Denise had spent the last two weeks talking about gratitude with her five-year-old daughter and her three-year-old son. No matter what she said, they seemed to struggle with the concept. (more…)

Devotional: Celebrate The Gift Of Laughter

devotional Celebrate The Gift Of Laughter

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22, NIV

One of God’s most precious gifts is the gift of laughter. Laughter has the ability to brighten your mood, lower your blood pressure, reduce stress levels, boosts your immune system and so much more. (more…)

Devotional: Furry Gifts From God

devotional furry gifts from God

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles…” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV

Annie moved to a new town to start over after the loss of her spouse. She found a new job that she enjoyed. She filled her days with activities to help her cope with the sadness and grief that she regularly experienced. (more…)

Devotional: Choose to Be a Blessing

devotional choose to be a blessing

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2, NIV

Tawny was stranded in the pouring rain with her four daughters. She was a single mom who’d just bought groceries. After she put her bags in her truck and buckled in her little ones, she turned to start the vehicle. (more…)

Devotional: Gratitude for Nature

devotional gratitude for nature

“He [God] covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain and makes grass grow on the hills.” – Psalm147:8, NIV

God created an amazing ecosystem that is constantly at work around you. From the insects that pollinate the plants to the birds that sing in the sky, everything exists in beautiful harmony. That’s why when it comes to giving thanks, one of the things you can express gratitude for is nature. Here are three simple ways to do that: (more…)

Devotional: God Is Always with Me

devotional god is always with me

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10, NIV

When Maddie was in her sophomore year at college, she caught the flu. She thought she’d feel better in a few days but two weeks came and went. Even though she no longer had the flu, she still didn’t feel right. (more…)

Devotional: Make Giving a Family Affair

devotional make giving a family affair

“Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” – Hebrews 13:16, NIV

Charlie wanted to teach his children about gratitude. He longed to show his kids how to be a blessing to others. So, Charlie began taking his two daughters and son along when he did activities like helping out at the local soup kitchen and volunteering at the animal shelter. (more…)

Devotional: Walking into the Unknown

devotional walking into the unknown

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” – Matthew 14:28, NIV

The hour is late. The disciples have been on their boat for hours and they’re getting sleepy. But suddenly, someone spots a figure in the distance. The disciples rouse each other and take turns trying to guess what it is they’re seeing. (more…)

Devotional: When God Sees You

devotional when god sees you

“People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7, NIV

David felt overlooked his whole life. He was the youngest child in a big family. He was just average in school and at sports. He worked in the family business in the lowest position, a mere janitor at the company. (more…)

Devotional: Celebrate Your Loved Ones

devotional celebrate your loved ones

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11, NIV

When you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, it’s easy to say that you’re thankful for your friends and family. But why not take the concept even deeper this year? Write each of your loved ones a list of 10-25 reason you’re grateful for them. (more…)

Devotional: When You Feel Alone

devotional when you feel alone

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing…” – Psalm 68:5-6, NIV

Bree grew up in the foster care system. She had been passed from family to the next with very little stability. But her grades were good and she was able to get into a local community college. (more…)

Devotional: When God Carries You

devotional when God carries you

“Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms.” – Psalm 68:19, NIV

Dwayne was walking through his neighborhood with his three-year-old daughter. She toddled in front of him, taking in all the sights and sounds of their street. She was fascinated by everything around her. (more…)

Devotional: Rich in Love

devotional, rich in love

“The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.” – Psalm 145:8, NIV

Christie worked hard to make sure everything she did was her very best. But Christie was also a perfectionist, which made it hard for her to let go of little things. Every night, she made a mental list of everything she’d failed at that day. (more…)

Devotional: Gratitude in Action

devotional gratitude in action

Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted.” – Exodus 15:20-21, NIV

The tribe of Israel had just seen God perform an amazing rescue. They’d been freed from Egypt where they’d been enslaved for hundreds of years. (more…)

Devotional: Perspective Changes Everything

devotional perspective changes everything

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” – 1 Chronicles 16:8, NIV

Penny and her family watched the storm roll in from the safety of their house in the suburbs. The window howled and the branches on the neighborhood trees bowed under the pressure. The rains drenched the ground and as the wind continued, trees were uprooted.  (more…)

Devotional: Start Your Day with Gratitude

devotional start your day with gratitude

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” – Psalm 100:4, NIV

Some mornings, it’s hard to enter God’s throne room with a grateful heart. Maybe you overslept because your alarm clock didn’t wake you or perhaps you had repeated nightmares or maybe one of your kids was up sick all night. (more…)

Devotional: When You Need Courage

devotional when you need courage

“When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.” – Psalm 138:3, NIV

Todd was facing pressure at work. A project his firm had promised a client was very far behind schedule. He was responsible for the project so he brought it to his boss, looking for advice on how to handle the situation. (more…)

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