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“Love never gives up. Love cares for others more than for self” (I Corinthians 13:1).


This story reminds me of how often we make judgements about situations or people without knowing the facts. How wrong we can be.

A bus stopped and one of the passengers noticed a father with several children getting on.  The children were very unruly. They wouldn’t sit still and kept changing seats and fighting — all the annoying things that children do when they are out of control.

The father had sat down beside a man who became quite annoyed, thinking, “Why doesn’t he control his children?”  Finally, he could take it no longer. He turned to the father and blurted, “Your children are out of control. Why don’t you do something?”

“Yes,” the father replied, “I suppose you are right. But you see, we have just come from the hospital. Their mother died this morning. They don’t know how to handle it and neither do I.”

Wow! Talk about blowing it.

So often our judgments are based on outward appearances. We base them on hearsay or our limited experience.  God looks at people’s hearts. Isaiah 11:3 has this to say about Christ, “He will not judge by the way things look. He will not judge by what people say.”

The more we allow Christ to take control of our lives, the less likely we will be to make quick judgements about people or believe rumors. As we ask Him to put His love in our hearts, we will become more like Him.

Lord Jesus, Your love is perfect. Thank You for being so patient and kind with us. When You judge and discipline us, it is because You know all the facts and it is for our good. Love always rules everything You do. We, on the other hand, are so often harsh and self-righteous when analyzing the actions of others. Today, we confess our critical and unkind attitudes to You and ask Your Spirit to enable us to be patient and kind. Amen.

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Jesus asked, ‘Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?’” Luke  17:17- 18


Gratitude recognizes that a gift has been given, a favor has been done by someone. There is a gift and a giver. But there is more. Gratitude also calls for a response to that gift. We thank the giver with an expression of appreciation — a handshake, a hug, a note. A gesture of gratitude completes the exchange, closes the circle, lets the love flow back to the giver.” — Don Postema, Space for God.

I needed to read that quote. It was an “ah-ha” moment for me — it made so much sense. Many gifts I have given in the past have left me with a sense of emptiness because I never heard back if the gift was appreciated or not.  The circle was not closed — I didn’t feel love flow back from the recipient of my gift.

But there have also been so many times when I have not taken the time to thank the giver of a gift for me. Those who gave me a gift would have likewise felt empty because I didn’t take the time to let them know the gift was appreciated.

How often do we take all the blessings and gifts from the Lord for granted — we almost feel entitled to them. Far too many times.

You may relate to this thought. I encourage you to say this prayer with me.

Lord, thank You, for You are the giver of so many beautiful gifts. I thank You for them all.  Enable me to remember to thank You and thank others when they give a gift of kindness. Cause me to express my gratitude. Let the circle of love close — let love flow back to the giver. Amen.

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“Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we shouldPsalm 90:12


Having measurable goals is good because life is short. Striving to reach your goals is good.

Jesus knew why He was on earth and everything He did and said moved Him toward that goal (to seek and save the lost). He always had time for people, but time with His Father was of utmost importance to Him. He needed to get direction from His Father.

We can set big goals (lifetime) or little ones (clean the deep freeze). We can set spiritual goals, self-improvement goals, career, educational, fun, weight-loss, housekeeping, decorating or cleaning goals.

I confess that I am a results-oriented person. I set measurable goals for myself and I work hard (with the Holy Spirit’s direction and power) to reach those goals.

Not long ago, I was going through some papers and found ministry goals I had set for myself eight years ago. I was amazed to see how God had honored the goals and the faith of the team working with me – far beyond my biggest dreams. God honors and is pleased with faith.

My husband has often said,

If you don’t have a target or goal, any road will get you there.

Conversely, if you set measurable goals, trusting God to provide your needs, you can count on God’s faithfulness to reach them. One of my deep desires is when I stand before God, He will say,

Well done, my faithful servant.

In my life and ministry, I have worked with and observed many people. Sometimes I am saddened to see that many never use or develop the talents God has given them.

Are you adequately investing the talents God has given you?

Do you pray and ask God to help you set measurable goals for the tasks He has called you to?

Do you set priorities?

If not, let me encourage you to begin the habit of doing so.

Father God, most of us will live seventy-five years or more. You have planned every day of our lives – yet given us a free will to follow You and Your wonderful plan for our lives or go our own way. Father, help us to number our days – realizing that life goes by so quickly. And help us do what counts. Enable us to recognize when we are diddling our days away with frivolous things. Cause us to do what counts for eternity. Amen.

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I awoke early this morning with the “Love Chapter” of the Bible on my mind:

1 Corinthians 13. I got up and read it in several different translations of the Bible. I had not read this passage in (The Message, Eugene Peterson’s paraphrased version), until today. I found it was written in such an understandable way that it left no doubt about what love isn’t and what love is. I decided to use this message of love for my devotional today. May the Lord speak to your heart as He did to mine.

The Way of Love

“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain,“Jump” and it jumps, but if I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere.

So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies.”

Prayer: Father, we want to be so filled with love, that people will see Jesus in us. We realize that we can’t change ourselves on the inside, but Your Holy Spirit can. Today, we yield the control of hearts and minds and actions to You and thank You for producing love in us. Amen.

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A Prayer

Lord, little by little You are getting through to my befuddled mind to teach me another practical concept about living a life pleasing to You.

Lord Jesus, I know You said that in this world we would have troubles, but for some reason I really thought there would be fewer problems as I aged. That I would become wiser. But life becomes more complicated.

I wonder, Lord, is it because You need to constantly remind us that this earth is not our home . . . that we are heaven bound?

So many times I forget that people, circumstances, or things cannot give me happiness; only You can. I realize now that discouragement can be a lack of trusting You.

This day, Lord, I pray that You will enable me to trust You each time a problem arises.
Whenever I get stressed, remind me to turn my eyes on You and Your sufficiency.

My help comes from You, Lord!

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“How precious it is, Lord, to realize that You are thinking about me constantly.” Psalm 139:17


Our son and his wife arrived at our house just minutes before we were leaving for a conference. They lived in northern Alberta and had driven all night so we could meet our newest granddaughter, Sarah, before we left.  We could hardly wait to hold her.

And then they arrived.  I have to admit, even though I gave the adults hugs, I really wanted to hold that little girl. And when she was in my arms, a flood of love washed over me bonding me to this precious child.  I couldn’t take my eyes off her. However, we had to leave – my husband was the director of the organization so we couldn’t stay home. In three days, we would be back and would be able to spend extended time with them.

Something interesting happened to me during those few minutes I held that little girl. I had just met her, and for only a few minutes, but I couldn’t stop thinking about her. She was in my thoughts during the whole trip to the conference and during the whole time I was there. It was amazing!

The Lord brought to mind, the verse,You are thinking about me constantly,” and I realized that God loves me so much that He is thinking about me all the time.  He loves me more than I love that little granddaughter.  Could anything be more wonderful than having the King of Kings love me that much?  Could anything be more wonderful than the King of Kings love YOU that much? I can’t help but say, “Hallelujah!”

Father, how grateful I am that You are always thinking about and loving Your children.  You fill my soul with indescribable joy.  Amen.

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This same Jesus, who has been taken from you will come back in the same way you have seen Him goActs 1:11


We were driving through the city. Our son, daughter-in-law and three-year-old granddaughter were with us. To keep my granddaughter occupied, I began to sing to her and she sang back to me.

One of the songs I sang was,

“Soon and Very Soon, we are Going to Meet the King.”

I sang it a few times and she listened carefully, then she looked at me and said,

No, Grandma, we are going to the mall.

Well, at the time we all laughed, but later I thought about what she said. Don’t we as adults often act as if we prefer to go the mall, rather than looking for His return? Are we looking forward to the King’s coming or are we so busy with stuff – running to and fro – that we rarely give a thought that maybe, just maybe, the King is coming back today?

Are you looking forward to seeing Jesus? When was the last time you thought about His return? We get so busy with living that we forget that we are on earth for a short time compared to eternity.

Are you ready? Are you looking forward to seeing Him? If not, I encourage you to read the articles listed below. You can look forward to His return.

Father, I am so glad Jesus is returning to earth. Maybe He will come today, maybe tomorrow. Give us gladness of heart and readiness because we know our Lord is coming soon. Amen.

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“…the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20


I have been reading a set of books in my devotions by Charles J. Rolls, in which the author writes, in great detail, about the attributes of God. He writes about names and characteristics of God which I had not considered before. One of these names is: God, the Valuer.

Throughout the Bible, there are many examples of what God values. He values what we give to Him. One example is in a passage is in Leviticus 27. Here the Lord commands priests to place an estimate on the value of all things that were donated to God by the people of Israel. In Leviticus, the expression, “thy estimation” is used twenty times. God places a value on the things we give to Him. Christ wields the prerogative of estimating the value of all gifts and services that are rendered in His name – gold, silver or stubble.

Take the story of Peter – after he had been fishing all night and caught nothing, Jesus asked for the use of his boat to teach the crowds. Then He told Peter to launch into the deep and let down his nets. Even though Peter was reluctant because they had fished in vain all night and were tired, he did it anyway and God rewarded him for the use of his boat, by giving him two boatloads of fish. Christ is no man’s debtor.

There is also the story of Mary who poured the expensive, perfumed oil on Jesus feet. Jesus valued her precious act of worship and told the cynical disciples that this woman’s act of kindness and adoration would be remembered wherever the gospel was preached. He valued her sacrifice of love.

Christ never undervalues a kind word spoken, or underestimates a loving deed done in His name.

He noticed the widow who gave two mites. He understands what giving costs.
He also takes notice of neglect in giving thanks to Him for benefits received, as in the case of the ten lepers who were healed and only one came back to give thanks. Jesus asked where the others were.

Charles Rolls states so clearly, “He weighs the burden of a sigh, he measures the pain of our heartaches, he senses the sorrow of severance from our loved ones, he perceives the motive of a desire, and discerns the aim of an aspiration. He fully knows, sincerely loves and gently cares for each one of us, His people.”

The value that Christ puts on our life never changes. He paid the ultimate price for us. He loved us so much that He paid the price (an unbelievable cruel death) to redeem us from the grip of sin and death.

As in Ephesians 1:18, He considers us “His own precious treasure.”  God is the Valuer and places the highest value on who we are, what we do for Him, the time we spend for Him and what we give up for Him. God, the Valuer.

Do you know He values you?

God, we recognize that You place a value on what we do or don’t do for You, but we also realize and are so grateful that You value us so much that You paid the ultimate price for us by dying for us. Thank You! Please give us wisdom and courage to value the things that You value. Amen.

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“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me’” John 14:6


What is truth? This morning I read an article in the daily newspaper reporting supposedly the “real” truth about an incident that happened recently. Was it? Or was it another opinion?

Some people lie out rightly or only tell some of the facts. Some withhold information and give a false impression. Sometimes, nothing is said when the truth should be told. Can we believe anyone anymore? And, if we are honest, we must confess that at one time or another, we too are guilty of telling lies.

In his book What is the Father Like?, Philip Keller writes that what God says is absolutely true because He is the embodiment of all truth, and all truth through all time has its source in God.

This reminded me that truth is constant and unchanging. God’s truth remains the same from age to age, generation to generation, no matter how things change. God’s truth will set us free, if we act upon it. If we ignore it, our lives can be wrecked — broken hearts, hopes, homes, and even countries.

If our lives are centered in God’s truth, He is able to renew our minds, calmly guide our emotions, and activate our will to tell the truth. His presence brings truth and can bring a magnificent, purifying influence into our lives.

The Lord Jesus, the Truth, can restore our soul, heal our diseases, preserve us in peril, and make us live in peace. To live life not believing in absolute truth robs us of the stability He seeks to give to us. We can trust God to be absolutely truthful — He cannot lie. The more we are centered in Him, the more we will become like Him — more truthful.

We sometimes wonder if what we are told by others is the truth. With God, we never have to wonder. He is Truth.

Father, You alone are absolute truth. You cannot lie. Your Word is Truth, and we can rely on it. Cause our lives to be centered in You and make us more like You — the Truth. Amen.

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Chose you this day, whom you will serveJoshua 24:15


“I have decided that sitting on the fence is not a God thing,” I told my family.

In real life everyday situations, much evil has continued because people are afraid to take a stand. Oh, they may take a stand in private conversations but few will voice their views in public. They are afraid they may be rejected.

I have been there. Sometimes I am a coward and sometimes I am brave. Sometimes I notice that others are cowards. Sometimes they are brave.

There have been times when I should have publicly supported someone who was right, but I didn’t. We need to check out rumors or gossip. There have been times when I wished someone would be brave enough to voice their support for me, but they didn’t. Standing with someone who is assumed guilty could mean rejection, the loss of a job, a loss of credibility or more (in the sight of men, not God). I’m sure you have been there too.

Lately I have realized the importance of standing up for what is right and publicly supporting others who are right. Sitting on the fence or being neutral is not a Godly characteristic.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Civil Rights Leader), said so aptly, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Jesus definitely spoke up. He was not a coward!

Father, You have shown me how often I have been a coward. Please forgive me. Make us bold and courageous followers of You. Help us take a public stand against what is wrong. Help us to be willing to pay the price. Jesus did. Amen.

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“Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”  1 Samuel 16:6-8


Sometimes I cringe at how often we make judgments about people’s behavior or actions from things we hear or read or see: tidbits of gossip – (internet – is bad for that), rumors or slanted opinions (the media). If you have ever been on the receiving end of these judgments, you have experienced how painful it is to be judged on false information.

But often, we ourselves can be guilty of spreading rumors. We, too, judge or criticize others on partial truths without knowing the whole picture. Sometimes people take credit for deeds others have actually accomplished and it doesn’t seem fair. It is our humanness, isn’t it? We are sinners and we are weak.

I find it so encouraging to know that God always judges fairly. He knows everything about us. What we do, what we think, what we could have done. He knows and has given us our gifts and talents. He knows the circumstances surrounding our actions, yet His attitude toward us is always enveloped with love.

Dr. Bill Bright, in his book, God, Discover the Benefits of His Attributes, states:

Because God is just -He will always treat me fairly.”

Not only does He judge us fairly regarding questionable thoughts and actions, He rewards us for the good we do. As JI Packer states in His book, Knowing God Through the Year:

To reward good with good, and evil with evil, is natural with God. The retributive principle applies throughout: Christians as well as non-Christians will receive according to their works.

Sometimes life doesn’t seem fair. But remember this, God is fair!

God will see that each person sooner or later receives what he deserves – if not here, then hereafter.” JI Packer

God, when I see and hear about the suffering of the thousands of people throughout the world, I sometimes wonder about the fairness of what is happening. It is so comforting to know that You will sooner or later give each person what he/she deserves. Thank You! Amen.

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“Encourage each other” 1 Thessalonians 5:18


How are you?” is how we often begin our conversations. It is part of the North American culture – we say it out of habit.

But how often do we take the time to look in people’s eyes or discern facial expressions or body language or even read between the lines of an e-mail?

Several years ago, I had a disagreement with one of my co-workers and words were said that hurt me deeply. I felt so alone and rejected; however, God – always alert to our needs – prompted a friend, who knew nothing about what happened, to call and tell me that the Lord had prompted her to pray for me. “Was I okay?” she asked. Her call was very encouraging.

The next day, someone at work offered to do me a favor. This person was not known for going the second mile. Again I knew it was the Lord and I was encouraged.

The following Saturday I picked up some clothes from my seamstress. As I was about to leave, the seamstress said to me, “How are YOU doing?” Now, she had been my seamstress for over five years and never before had she asked me how I was. Who prompted her? The Lord. Again, I felt very encouraged.

Such a small thing can make such a difference! When you notice someone who looks sad or pressured, take the time to pray for him or her, send an e-mail or a card or simply ask, “How are YOU doing?” It will make their day.

Father, we all seem to be so busy. Cause us not to be so focused on our “to-do lists” that we don’t take the time to look into people’s eyes and ask them, “How are you doing?” Amen.

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“And don’t forget to thank Him” Philippians 4:6


In my daily devotional one day, the words of the song Count Your Blessings, Name Them One by One was included. I haven’t sung that song for a long time – the words are tremendous:

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, ev’ry doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.

What a wonderful reminder to take the time to think about what God is doing for us. Too often we focus just on the horrid things – the evil, the hurricanes, the floods and devastation and famine.

But take time every day to verbalize or write all you are thankful for. You may want to use this outline. Doing so will revitalize your soul.

Begin With Thanksgiving

Psalm 100:4 tells us,

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.”

•    Thank Him for His patience and forgiveness.
•    Thank Him for the privilege of coming into His presence.
•    Thank Him for what He has done in and through your life in the last year.

List What He Has Done

Take time to list what God has done for you. Be specific. Think through every area of your life.

  • Become Still Before the Lord. (Psalm 46:10)
  • Consider who God is. (Psalm 103)
  • Praise Him for His attributes. (Psalm 145)
  • Rejoice in your fellowship with Him and that He delights in you. (Proverbs 15:8)
  • Read passages of scripture and pray them back to God. (Psalms 146-150)
  •  Sing to the Lord.

Lord I thank You for the beauty of the seasons. I thank You for health and strength. I thank You for people to love and people who love me. I love You God and thank you for loving me first. Amen.

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“So there is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong to Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1


It was Sunday, a time to reflect on Christ’s suffering and death and to think about the payment for our guilt and sin. As I sat in church, I noticed a couple in the pew in front of me. In the past year, he had been unfaithful to his wife. He had to live with the consequences, but he knew that God’s love and forgiveness were there for him to receive because of Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross. He had repented and God forgave Him.

Next to me sat a man recently separated from his wife and children. His life was a mess. Someone had reported him for exposing himself to a girl at a drive-through restaurant. He had severe problems but he was here in church because he knew Christ had forgiven all his sins – past, present and future. He repented, God forgave him and now he sang the hymns with conviction.

The church is full of sinners. Some sins are well known, others are hidden, but God knows the hearts of each one of us. He longs to show compassion toward us all. Communion reminds us that without Christ’s death and resurrection there would be no personal relationship with God. There would be no forgiveness of sins, no sense of freedom. Because of Christ we can be forgiven. We just have to admit our sin and turn from it. He is waiting with open arms.

Thank You Lord, for the ordinance of communion – a time to reflect on your sacrificial love for us. A time to thank You for forgiving our sins – past, present and future. Amen.

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If you are looking for a deeply satisfying relationship with God, I encourage you to pray by faith and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, God has given you His Holy Spirit to help you live life according to His perfect plan. Why not pray this simple prayer and by faith invite Him to fill you with His Spirit:

Dear Father, I need You. I acknowledge that I have sinned against You by directing my own life. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I pray this in the name of Jesus. As an expression of my faith, I thank You for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear” 1 John 4:18


If we cocoon ourselves and build up walls to try to keep others from hurting us because we are afraid of being hurt, we haven’t really understood God’s love. Read A.W. Tozer’s  powerful affirmations about love and fear

“Love wills the good of all and never wills harm or evil to any. ‘There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear.’ Fear is a painful emotion that arises at the thought that we may be harmed or made to suffer. As long as we must trust for survival to our ability to out-look or out manoeuvre the enemy, we have every good reason to be afraid. Fear is torment. . . . To know that love is of God and to enter into the secret place leaning upon the arm of the Beloved — this and only this can cast out fear.”

Lord Jesus, You know how often we become afraid. Cause us to lean on Your arm, beloved Father, and believe with our whole hearts that You are love. Amen.

by Katherine Kehler
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