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One day I thought about the verse, “Keep yourselves in God’s love,” (Jude 21) and I wondered, “How do I keep myself in God’s love?”

After all, God’s love is eternal, unchanging and constant. Nothing can remove us from the love of God. What then does this directive actually mean?

God directed my thoughts to my relationship with my husband Marvin. He loves me more than anyone on earth. I feel secure, safe and protected. There are times however, when we have a misunderstanding and my feeling of security quickly changes to insecurity. When this happens, I put up a wall. I withdraw from his love rather than keeping myself in his love. The wall I put up shuts out his love.

In the same way, I will at times try to take myself out of God’s love. I know He orchestrates circumstances in my life to teach me divine truths. Sometimes these situations are very painful and I begin to doubt the truth of the Bible regarding God’s love. I put up a wall. His love for me hasn’t changed, but I don’t experience His love.

For example, when our five-month-old grandson, Spencer, died suddenly, the enemy put thoughts in my mind like,

How could a loving God take away this beautiful grandson from you?”

I began to doubt God’s love. In my mind the attributes of God’s power and sovereignty loomed large and His love seemed small – like the smallest letters on an eyesight-testing chart.

Shortly after Spenser’s death, God spoke to my mind as I was driving along the freeway. He said,

Katherine, do you believe the Bible?”

I answered, “Yes, Lord, You know I do.”

Do you believe that I am love?”

In my mind I could clearly see the verse in 1 John 4:16,God is love.”

That day I made a choice – again. I would believe the Bible from cover to cover. There would be times when I wouldn’t understand God’s ways, but that did not meant the Bible wasn’t true. These times only revealed my limited understanding of God’s ways.

My wall toward God came down and I once again experienced the warmth of His love.

God, thank You that what You say is true. Thank You that the Bible is truer than our feelings. Amen.

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“Jesus did not commit Himself unto them . . .for He knew what was in man.” John 2:24-25

Not one of us has attained perfection, yet we are disappointed when someone we respect disappoints us by their attitude or action. Only Jesus’ earthly life was perfect.

We know that no one is perfect, yet, when a friend, a teacher, a leader, a child or spouse disappoints us, we so often become judgmental, hurt, bitter or cynical—even mean.

The reason we react this way is because we are expecting them to be perfect—like Jesus. When we become disillusioned with people, instead of us relying on God’s grace to change them, we will always be disappointed. However, we can choose to have a Christ like attitude when we experience these disappointments.

Oswald Chambers wrote in My Utmost for His Highest, “Our Lord trusted no man; yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, never in despair about any man, because He put God first in trust. He trusted absolutely in what God’s grace could do for any man.”

We have the Holy Spirit at work within us, “ For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.Philippians 2:13.  God is pleased when we are as gracious and merciful with others as He is with us.

Have you been disappointment in others lately?  Ask Jesus to enable you to have His attitude toward them.  Forgive and love!

Lord Jesus, next time we are disappointed in someone’s action or attitude, please remind us that God is not finished with them yet—that His grace is sufficient to change them. Thank you for empowering us to keep loving them.  Amen

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“Bring all the tithes…so there will be food enough…if you do, I will open up the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing so great you won’t have room enough to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you!” Malachi 3:10

An email with an interesting challenge came to me today. The email read, “I need your help. I am behind on a lot of bills. I am a waitress and each day I try to put back my tithes that I have made that day. But the bill collectors are calling and it seems that I need money to make ends meet. What do I do? I need spiritual help.”

Seems like she isn’t the only person struggling with tithing when she can hardly pay her bills. Let me give you the answer I gave her:

In the natural way of thinking, tithing doesn’t make sense if you are in debt; however, let me give you a promise from God:

Bring all your tithes…if you do, I will open up the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing so great you won’t have room enough to take it in. Try it! Let me prove it to you” (Malachi 3:10).

God promises that if we give Him the first tenth of our income, He will pour out a great blessing on us.

This has been our way of life (Marvin’s and mine) for all of the years we have been married and we certainly have been blessed. When we were very poor and when we had much.

But let me tell you a story about another waitress that illustrates this point. I used to lead a Bible study for businesswomen in Vancouver BC. Our waitress would linger and listen to our discussions. One week, we were discussing tithing and the waitress was very cynical. But the next Sunday, she decided to put a tenth of her weekly tips into the offering plate at church.

You can imagine her surprise when at the bus stop the next morning she found a significant amount of money lying on the ground. God has a sense of humor and He does keep his promises. I would encourage you to try it. He does keep His promises.

Dear Father, You have given us so many gifts we never open. Today, I ask that each woman and man that reads this devotion would give their tithe as soon as they get their pay check and let them be surprised by what You will do in response. Amen.

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Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures foreverPsalm 111:2-3

We were so busy.  The demands on our time during the 28 years my husband was the leader of a large Christian organization were enormous. Besides having four children, ailing parents and a farm, I hardly ever had extended time to really enjoy God and His creation.

I remember praying many times, “Lord, I would so much love to have more time to enjoy You and the majesty of your creation.” God answered my prayer! Now that I am semi-retired, God has given me time to exult in Him and His majestic Creations. Flowers in my yard and birds in the bird feeder. I love the lush green pastures and animals on the rolling hills. I am awed by the huge snow capped mountains.

I am feel humbled by the perfectness of our newborn great grandchildren.  He has answered my prayer many times.  I am so grateful

But I find it difficult to write about the awe I feel toward God and His creation, but I found that the lyrics of a song written by Mark Altrogge, express my feelings so well.

You are beautiful beyond description
Too marvelous for words,
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard.
Who can grasp your infinite wisdom,
Who can fathom the depth of your love?
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty enthroned above.
And I stand, I stand in awe of you.
I stand, I stand in awe of you.
Holy God to who all praise is due,
I stand in awe of you.

Father, I adore you and thank you for all the blessings you bestow on us, your beloved children. Amen.

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Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also John 15:20

I have been asking myself, the Lord, and friends why God’s children are at times maligned and falsely accused, shunned, or ignored. Recently God gave me insights that are worth sharing with you.

Consider our Master, Jesus Christ. He is totally perfect. He loved the world so much that He gave up His life to die for our sins. Even now He waits to show us compassion and wants to be our friend, our protector, our wisdom, our strength, and our song.

Despite all He has done and is doing for the world, He is still constantly hated and maligned. People curse Him, ignore Him, and shun Him. Even we, His followers, ignore Him at times.

Isn’t it reasonable (and scriptural) then that we, His followers, shouldn’t feel that we are being treated unfairly when we are maligned? After all, we are being treated like our Master. Should we, His servants, expect to be treated better than our Lord?

In his book The Attributes of God, Dr. Bright  wrote, “Because God is just . . . . He will treat me fairly.”

Be encouraged — when we are mistreated, He has promised to be there with us and always give us the strength and love we need to be able to walk through it and respond with a Godly attitude.

How then should we respond? We should, “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
(1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).

Lord Jesus, as Your followers, we commit ourselves to keep from whining when we are shunned, maligned, ignored, or mistreated. You are perfect and You are subject to this treatment all the time, yet You keep loving everyone. Produce in us supernatural love. Amen.

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“The tongue has the power of life and death…” Proverbs 18:21

Do you have an encourager? Someone who makes a point of encouraging you?

A person like that brings life to your spirit. Besides my husband, my sister-in-law, June, is my encourager. She inspires me to be the best I can be. I feel energized when I am with her. I’ve never had too much encouragement – have you?

But we all have our share of discouragers as well. A hateful tongue-lashing will do it every time. Someone who hurt you and made you feel like a loser?

For several years I worked with someone organizing outreach events to help reach leadership women in Vancouver. She was sophisticated, influential and a hard worker. Most of the time she was sweet and fun and very effective; however, when things didn’t go her way, she would launch into a deadly tongue-lashing and I would be at the receiving end. I would leave our meeting feeling completely defeated.

Soon I realized I was not the only one who was on the receiving end of these tirades – it was a pattern she had developed. Most of her friends and family began avoiding her. Her deadly tongue brought about the death of many friendships.

Someone said you have to receive at least five compliments to make up for every criticism.

We can build up or we can tear down with our words. Every time we speak we have that power. It is our choice how we are going to use it – for life or for death. We are all guilty of saying hurtful things in a moment of anger or retaliation. (Maybe now would be good time to make a list of the people we have hurt and plan to apologize). On the other hand, we feel good about ourselves when we encourage people and so do they.

This is what James wrote about our tongue:

Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small sparkJames 3:5.

Consider the words of Proverbs 12:18:

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Proverbs 25:15:

Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

Let’s not make excuses for losing our temper and saying hurtful things. Take the time to confess your sin to God and the person you hurt. Decide today to be an encourager.

Father, you give life to us all. Jesus gave His life for all. Enable us to allow Your life to flow through us to those we meet each day. Amen.

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“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

After 23 years in one location, we sold our farm and moved to an apartment in another city about one hour away. The day after we moved in, Marvin left on a ministry trip and I was by myself in this new location. I felt very much alone. Nothing was familiar.

I decided to go for a walk. Our apartment was close to the ocean and I looked forward to walking along the dike. I had only walked a few feet when I noticed a big black dog trotting alongside me. Real friendly. He acted like I was his owner. When we got to the beach he brought me a stick and I threw it into the water and he ran to retrieve it. We played like this for quite a while. Then he chased the ducks – but would always come back for my approval. People walking along the dike thought he was my dog. I felt good – I had a companion – even it if was only a dog.

He walked home with me, but when I was a few feet from the apartment building, he left me and I never saw him again.

The Lord knew I needed a companion that day and He provided one for an hour. My heart was overwhelmed with thankfulness and love for Him.

Father, You know all the lonely hearts that are reading this devotional. Reveal Your love for them by showing them that someone cares for them. Thank You! Amen.

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Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding”. Proverbs 3:5 (Amplified)

My husband has always been a gifted leader and has the God given ability to mobilize and motivate a team around him. He recognizes their strengths and helps them work together as a team.

Through the many years of leadership, he has offered leadership and team building seminars for his teams, so they would grow in their leadership and team building skills.

On one occasion, the team was doing outdoor exercises to help strengthen their trust in each other. Later in the day, the instructor asked each of them, in turn, to stand on a table and fall backwards—into the arms of two of his teammates. One member was unable to do it. He could not trust that his team members would catch him.

Trust is an important element in relationships if they are to develop– whether it is marriage, family or career.

The Bible tells us to trust God. To lean and be confident in Him. It also tells us “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27 Many times we are afraid to “fall backwards into His arms”. And yet, He loves us, He’s always present, He’s all-powerful and good. Doesn’t make sense, does it?

May the Lord help us to trust Him more.

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This is the last week of Lent, also called Passion Week, and I have been reading and reflecting on the last days of Christ and His crucifixion.

I will be forever grateful for Christ’s willingness to go through the agony of carrying our sins (the sins of more than six billion people), and to suffer extreme physical pain — the torture of being whipped and nailed to the cross — and rejection and loneliness. When I think about the love He has for each one of us, I want to prostrate myself on the floor before Him and worship Him.

He went through all of this because we are sinful. However, we can be healed and experience His immense love. We can experience His power, grace, and wisdom every moment of the day and every day of our lives.

Let’s take a look at parts of verses 3 and 5 of Isaiah chapter 53 and reflect on His suffering.

Verse 3: “He was hated and rejected by people.” I find it much easier to be rejected by people who don’t know me, but when I am rejected by relatives or a friend I thought was loyal to me, that really hurts. We know that Christ experienced this, as His disciples all left Him. He too was rejected.

Verse 3: “He experienced much pain and sorrow.” I would venture to say that you have experienced some deep sorrow in your life.  Because of Lou Gehrig’s disease, every muscle in my strong brother’s body deteriorated until all he could do was blink his eyes. Watching him struggle to eat and trying to make us understand what he was trying to say was one of the most sorrowful situations I have ever experienced. He had gone from using canes, to a walker, to a scooter, and finally to a wheelchair. It was sorrowful.

Jesus was with him every moment of every day, strengthening him and us and giving us courage. He has experienced every sorrow we have and ever will go through.

Verse 5: “He was wounded for the wrong things WE did. He was crushed for the evil things we did. The punishment which made us well, was given to Him, And we are healed because of His wounds.”

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“An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him”  Luke 22:43

When my mother was forty years old, she became pregnant — with twin girls. There were already five other children. We lived on a large farm in a rural area, and there was no end of work to do. I was twelve years of age at the time.

It was a hard pregnancy, and six weeks before the twins were to be born Mom developed toxemia and was hospitalized. My dad was now taking care of the five children as well as managing our large dairy farm. Mother’s prognosis did not look good, and the possibility of her dying was very real. Perhaps Dad would have to care for two babies in addition to the rest of us. He was very discouraged.

One morning after all the children had left for school, two men knocked on the kitchen door. Dad had never seen them before. They came into our country kitchen and lovingly read encouraging verses from the Bible to Dad. After praying for him and encouraging him, they left. He never saw them again, but he was sure they were angels. Their visit filled him strength and hope.

Several days later, mother gave birth to twin girls and was home again in a week. She was fine and so were the babies. Other than having two small sisters to baby-sit, life returned to normal.

Angels sent from God. It happens all the time, more often than we realize. During the past few years, so many people have told me stories of God sending angels to protect, strengthen, and encourage.

Let’s not forget to thank God for sending His angels to minister to us.

Father, so often I hear stories and also experience how Your ministering angels have helped, strengthened, and encouraged Your children. Thank You for being so kind to us. Amen

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“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD” Isaiah 55:8

We were travelling to California with our RV. We planned to work out of the RV (my husband on the phone and me on the computer) from a place that was both warmer and sunnier than our home in British Columbia.

The truck was doing a good job of pulling the RV over the mountain passes and we were enjoying the trip; however, unknown to us, the motor had a major weakness and traveling over the mountain passes was too much and we had to stop to have it repaired. We were told it would take a week. That was not part of our plan, but we both realized God had stopped us at this place for a reason.

Marvin quickly had his flight schedule changed so he could fly to Orlando from Sacramento. I was very thankful there was an Internet connection in the office building that I could use and keep on working while the truck was being repaired.

We were in a very small town – everyone seemed to know each other. They were friendly and weren’t in a hurry. They seemed to enjoy life. We often ate in a little restaurant called, Cozy Cow Café – their home-made food was delicious. Our stay was a good thing.

So often we make plans, but God has other plans for us. We knew God had stopped us there so we could make Christ known. We made friends with our neighbors and talked about the Lord with some of them. We left business cards at the office to direct people to the Retirement With a Purpose and Secrets of Success websites.

But most importantly, I think God wanted us to stop there, in that quiet town, so we could have an extended quiet time with Him. It was very good.

God continues to amaze me with how He directs us. Let’s remember to be flexible and not resist His leading. He always has something good planned for us.

We left for our planned destination a week after the truck broke down, but we have so many fond memories of the little town in California – the week God had planned for us.

Father, I thank You for the wonderful time we had in the small town. Thank You for changing our plans. Thank You for meeting us there. You know what is best for us. Amen.

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“Yet the Lord still waits for you to come to Him, so He can show you His love” Isaiah 30:18

I read a book entitled The Sacred Romance. The author calls God’s love for us, “The Sacred Romance.” And he calls the enemy’s attempts to lure us away from God, “The Arrows.”

Here is an excerpt that touched my heart deeply:

Indeed, if we listen, a Sacred Romance calls to us through our heart every moment of our lives. It whispers to us on the wind, invites us through the laughter of good friends, reaches out to us through the touch of someone we love. We heard it in our favorite music, sensed it at the birth of our first child, have been drawn to it while watching the shimmer of a sunset on the ocean. The Romance is even present in times of great personal suffering; the illness of a child, the loss of a marriage, the death of friend. Something calls to us through experiences like these and rouses an inconsolable longing deep within our heart, wakening in us a yearning for intimacy, beauty and adventure.

This longing is the most powerful part of any human personality. It fuels our search for meaning, for wholeness, for a sense of being truly alive.

This longing is real. This longing is God-given and cannot be satisfied by anyone or anything but God.

When I first read the book, memories came to mind about times when I knew for sure God was there in a very special, but quiet way.

There were the times when, as a pre-teen, I’d go fishing in the in the stream that ran through our dairy farm. It was so quiet yet God’s presence was so real. Can you think of a time like that?

I knew God loved me very much shortly after the death of my brother, Frank. God gave me two dreams where my brother was alive. After the last one, I awoke and said to God, “Let me look at him a little while longer.” And He did.

I know God shows his love for me when I see the miracle of a new baby – at the birth of each of our children and grandchildren. God brings so much joy, fun and delight into our lives as we watch these little ones develop. He gives us joy!

I know He loves me when He gives the words of wisdom or kindness to help a person understand how much God loves them.

I know God loves me whenever my husband, Marvin, smiles at me.  He is the light of my life.

God is waiting to show us His love in all of its fullness – in our joy and in our sorrow. Sometimes we are just too busy to recognize Him.

There is nothing more significant I could wish and pray for you than that you would take the time to recognize the “Sacred Romance” in your life. I want to encourage you to reflect and make a list of times when God has shown you that He is your “Sacred Romance.

Father, thank You for pursuing us. Thank You for loving us so much for providing those special moments of “Sacred Romance.” Help us to recognize them. God, help us to receive all the love You have for us.  Amen.

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Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you and ask you to come in as my Saviour and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of woman you want me to be.


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And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3

He has Parkinson’s disease.  He is getting weaker—for a while he was falling, but thanks to new medication, he can walk again. His voice also gives out when he speaks for any length of time.

But his eyes!  You should see his eyes.  They radiate Christ. He always has a smile for everyone—his face glows. And He also possesses great insights into God’s Word.

During our Care Group meeting, he shared with us, with tears of joy, that although the past year has been a very hard, the Lord has put a song in His heart—all the time. You can see that.

I like to sit beside him during our meetings.  You can feel the love of Christ radiate from him.  After I have been with Art, I come away a more resolute follower of Christ..

Thank you Lord, for people like Art, who reflect You in all they do and say—even in their infirmities. Thank you for your Holy Spirit who produces joy in our hearts when we allow you to control our lives. Amen.

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For he (Satan) is a liar and the father of lies” John 8:44

God is truth and speaks the truth. Satan lies and is the father of lies.

A few days ago, I discussed the awesome miracles of God with a friend during a breakfast meeting. We both felt so privileged to be called to serve Him. During the discussion, we also touched on fact that the enemy keeps whispering lies in our thoughts to try to stop us from serving God.

Satan seems to know our weaknesses, and he attacks our minds in those areas. For example, I told Shirley that Satan often begins to tell me, “You are too old to put up another website. People will laugh at you for building a website. What do you know about the internet? You won’t be successful.”

However, God’s Word tells me,

In your weakness I am strong. . . . You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. . . . I called you and I will be faithful to do it. . . . Because I am your shepherd, I am everything you need.

Years ago, Dr. Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International, explained the battle for our minds in this way. As Christians, we have both a spiritual nature and a carnal nature, and each has its own channel signal. Our spiritual nature listens to the Holy Spirit channel, while our carnal nature listens to the enemy’s channel. Many times a day, when thoughts come into our minds, we decide whom we will listen to: the Holy Spirit channel and truth, or the enemy channel and lies. We make the choice.

When the enemy begins to torment you with lies, or tries to make you feel unworthy, turn the channel of your thoughts to the Holy Spirit channel and begin quoting Scripture to yourself and the enemy. That is what Jesus did when the enemy taunted Him, and the enemy had to depart.

Remember what the Psalmist prayed,

Your Word have I kept in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

When the voice of the enemy would have you believe lies, quickly turn your thoughts to God’s truths.

Father God, You are Truth. There are no shadows with You. You are Light and Joy. Make us alert to the enemy’s lies and turn our thoughts toward heaven. We love You. Amen.

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“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love and fit into his plan.”  Romans 8:28

Our son and his family were coming from Northern Alberta to spend a week with us. Four of those days the whole family (all 17 of us) were going to vacation at a resort at Whistler Mountain for a family time. We were looking forward to the activities together: cousins playing together, hiking, bike riding and shopping. Mostly we were looking forward to the time together at the end of the day spent eating and talking.

It was a time of celebration. A new grandson, one grandchild turned 18, one couple was celebrating their 25th anniversary and Marvin and I were celebrating our 65th birthdays.

But the day after our son and his family arrived, Sarah, their four-year-old daughter, fell while getting off the trampoline and broke her arm. So the first day of their vacation was spent at the hospital. After that, her activities were very limited but the older cousins did a very good job at thinking of ways to entertain her.

The same day, I was hit with a bad case of vertigo. Because of the extreme dizziness I was flat in bed for eight hours while the rest of the family was running around helping. My daughter had to help me walk to the bed and my husband had to hang on to me when I went to the bathroom.

But I could pray and praise. So I did. I prayed all afternoon and listened to praise music. I had a wonderful time with the Lord. I was just where God wanted me. By evening the medication began to work and I was able to walk in a straight line again.

Some days just don’t turn out the way we plan. God interrupts! And then we have a choice: to accept what He brings our way and be thankful or worry and grouch our way through life and make everyone miserable. Praising is much more satisfactory!

Lord, help us to accept the things we cannot change. Give us the strength to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

By Katherine Kehler
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