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“Oh, magnify the Lord with me” Psalm 34:3


We have a new grandson. He was born six weeks early and gave us a bit of a scare. We were packed and ready to go to a conference in balmy Florida, but then, with one phone call in the middle of the night, our plans changed. We repacked, changed our flights and flew to very cold Fort McMurray in northern Alberta. Our daughter-in-law was in labor and the baby was in trouble.

However, as soon as we walked into the airport terminal and saw our son, we knew all was well. The baby had arrived at noon, and both he and mother were doing well. Praise the Lord!

We drove straight to the hospital to see mother and grandson. We gazed at the baby for a long time. There is something about babies that softens a person’s heart and makes me all tender and warm inside.

And of course we checked him out. Whom did he look like?  His dark complexion and hair resembled his dad, but his facial features were more like his mom. Yes, he looked like his parents. He was their child.

You know, we are the children of God. Who do we look like? Can people see Jesus in us? Do you spend enough time with Him, so you take on His characteristics and mannerisms? We are to reflect Jesus, like a mirror. Do we magnify Him and make Him seem bigger? Most people we meet have a small view of Jesus. Does their view of Jesus change when they have been with us?

In his book, Just Like Jesus, Max Lucado states,

God loves you just the way you are. But he refuses to leave you there. He wants you to have a heart like his. He wants you to be just like Jesus.”

Oswald Chambers writes in his devotional book, My Utmost for His Highest,

The one and only characteristic of the Holy Ghost in a man is a strong family resemblance to Jesus Christ, and the freedom from everything unlike Him.”

Are we prepared to allow the Holy Spirit to change us so we are just like Jesus? Let’s do it!

Father, thank You for loving us just the way we are. Thank You for loving us enough to change us into the likeness of Your Son. Here we are Lord; change us! 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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“What you teach your children today will be passed on to many generations.”


I (God) will instruct them, so they will learn always to reverence me, and so that they can teach my laws to their children.” Deuteronomy 4:10

I was staying with two of my granddaughters. We agreed it wasn’t babysitting anymore because after all they were six and eight years old now. While they were having a bedtime snack I noticed a Bible verse on the fridge door.

“Is this your memory verse for this week?” I asked.

Yes,” one of them replied, “but I don’t memorize it until Saturday night, so I won’t forget it.

“It says, “God has created us to do good works.  What does good works mean to you?” I asked. “How do you do good works?”

I was surprised at how eager they were to discuss the question and ready with answers. “Worship God,” said Mercedes.

Yes, you are right, but how do you do good works at home, with your mom and sister?”

Be kind, share.” It was exciting to hear them answer these questions. And then we all prayed and asked God to help us do “good works.”

How encouraging! I could tell they were accustomed to having talks about Bible verses and praying. Their mother has been faithfully teaching them. Five generations (maybe more) of Christian parents in our families have been and are teaching their children to follow and obey God.

It is good to think ahead. A parent (or grandparent) not only teaches their child to love and obey God for their own benefits, but because they in turn will influence future generations. What you teach your children today will be passed on to many generations. God’s Word will bear fruit.

Father God, our most precious possessions are our children and grandchildren. Teaching them to love, trust and obey You is a such a valuable assignment and the results will last forever. Thank You that You enable us to do this wisely and with love. Amen.

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Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid
John 14:27

We were waiting for the traffic light to turn green. A car beside us (going the opposite direction) had her left turn signal light on, waiting to cross our lane. The woman in the car behind her was not impressed. Impatiently, she sat on her horn, then got out of her car with great anger and gave a tongue lashing to the driver of the car that was waiting to turn. The woman could have easily passed on the other side, but chose to vent her hostilities instead.

We sat watching this display of anger. We recognized the woman! I am sure she would have felt embarrassed had she realized she was being watched.

Our pastor spoke on Ephesians 2:11-22 this morning in church. It was all about peace. Peace provided to us through what Jesus Christ did…through His life, death and resurrection. What an appropriate message considering current world events. Peace for our hearts…and peace with those God puts in our paths.

Jesus spoke a lot about peace. He said,
Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

He also wants us to be peacemakers:
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).

You and I don’t have the responsibility of making decisions that will affect world peace or war, but Jesus did provide the possibility for us to have inner peace and He wants us to do whatever we can to make peace with those around us. Let’s be peaceful inside and be peacemakers where we can. The Prince of Peace will enable us.

Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for us so we can have peace with God. Thank You, too, that You provide everything we need to be peacemakers with those we along our journey. Amen.

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“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God”   Psalm 145:13b

Do you feel confident today that God is always faithful? That He is exactly who He says He is? Aren’t you glad He doesn’t change His mind or get PMS or forget about His promises? Friends or family may let you down or even betray you. But not God. He is completely faithful throughout our entire life – not only to you, but all His children.

“For I the Lord do not change” (Malachi 3:6).

Do you lack confidence today? The Bible says,

Faithful is he that called you, who also will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

He will be your adequacy.

Are you fearful about something? He said,

I hem you in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me
(Psalm 139:5).

He is watching over you – behind, in front and overhead.

Are you facing an impossible task? Pray and discuss it with Him.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

We just have to ask. He will answer.

Have you messed up? Feel guilty?

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

He will cleanse you – make you completely pure.

Do you want to be more faithful to those you love? You can. Daily ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and direct you.

But the fruit of the Spirit is…faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22-23).

The Holy Spirit will produce faithfulness in you.

Father, thank You for being faithful. How comforting to know that You never leave us or forsake us. You will provide what we need. You will enable us to be faithful – to You and to others. Thank You! Amen.

When I was in my thirties, I believed in God—was a Christian, was a churchgoer, but I did not know that I was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. I learned that to experience a full and meaningful life, I needed to yield the control of my life to God (I had never done that), then I could experience His love and power moment by moment. This is the prayer I prayed. You can too!

Dear Father, I need You. I acknowledge that I have been directing my own life and that, as a result, I have sinned against You. 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 now thank You for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If so, bow in prayer and trust God to fill you with the Holy Spirit right now.

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“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God.” 1 Corinthians 3:19

During my Bible reading I began to reflect on how little any one person knows and how limited one person’s wisdom is.

Each of us have some insights, knowledge and wisdom, but the scope is usually fairly narrow and limited to our sphere of influence and knowledge. Our world. We are good at what we do and have gained wisdom and knowledge regarding our special interests and experience. But if we were suddenly placed in a new, unfamiliar position or found ourselves in a foreign city unable to speak the language, not knowing know how to even find a bathroom, we would become aware of limitations. Our knowledge and experience would not help us. We need someone else to help us.

When I consider the six billion people in the world – each having wisdom about life in their world – I realize how little wisdom each of us as individuals possess. Compared to God – next to zero.

Now then, think about the wisdom of God. He knows everything and is all wise. Even if we compiled all the wisdom of everyone in the world and measured it against God’s wisdom, it would be almost nothing.

Also, when we remember that everything we know and everything we have comes from God anyway, we cannot think ourselves wise, but only be humbled.

Remember the “wise advice” Job’s friends gave him when he had lost everything? They thought they were very wise. Job himself questioned God about why this disaster happened to him. God was not impressed by any of them. (Read Job 38 to 41)

What is wisdom? The Bible tells us,

The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 1:7).

When we begin to recognize that our life is about God, not about us – that is the beginning of wisdom.

How do we get more wisdom? One way is to read God’s Word and to learn from Him.

Nothing is perfect except your words. Oh, I how I think about them all day long. They make me wiser than my enemies, because they are my constant guide. They make me even wiser than the aged.” (Psalms 119:96-100).

Fear God. Know God by reading His word and obeying the insights and directions He gives you.

Next time you think you are wise in your eyes, remember, you may be knowledgeable and have some insights in your small world, but compared to total wisdom, you (and I) know little. And even if we added all the combined wisdom of the people in this world, compared to God, it is nothing.

God, build in us a healthy fear and reverence for You. Cause us to soak up the wisdom of Your Word – the only perfect words. Help us to be humble. Amen.

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“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.” Psalm 34:7

A few years ago, I was driving home from a birthday party. It was raining and dark. I came to an intersection and was driving through when the light turned yellow. At that exact moment, a car turned left through the intersection and drove right in front of me. I didn’t even have time to put on the brakes. I hit the car.

I had never had an accident before and had always dreaded the thought of it.  When the car stopped moving, I sat there a little dazed and prayed, “Lord, I’ve never had an accident before, what do I do now?” I had just finished my prayer when a man came to the car and asked, “Are you OK?”  I told him that I was, but I wasn’t sure what to do next. He said he would call the police.

The front of my car was buckled and steaming so I got out to check the damage. The damage was extensive and I realized the car was probably a write-off. The incredible thing about that evening was that I was perfectly calm. The Lord surrounded me with such calmness that I knew it was a miracle. I remember thinking, “I think I’m supposed to be crying or something.”

The police called my husband, our daughter and son-in-law. They were all more shaken up than I was. I was able to be at work the next day. Recognizing God’s protection and peace in traumatic circumstances, I rejoiced and was filled with overwhelming love for Him.

Dear God, thank you for surrounding us and filling us with your peace. Thank you for sending people when we need help. Thank you for your presence. Thank you that you never leave or forsake us.  Amen.

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“We were the ones who strayed away like sheep! We, who left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet God laid on Him (Jesus) the guilt and sins of every one of us!”  Isaiah 53:5

Not long ago, I read some results of a survey that found that most women live with a constant feeling of guilt. We feel guilty because we are eating too much, we are not exercising enough, and we don’t spend enough time with our kids, husband, relatives, or friends. And even though we can’t squeeze one more thing into our already frenzied schedule, we feel guilty because we are not doing enough, or because we aren’t doing what we see other women doing.

Last week I had lunch with an extremely gifted woman. She told me she felt guilty because she was not doing more of the things I was doing. I wasn’t surprised she said this, because there seems to be an epidemic of guilt feelings among women today.

I have learned that there are two kinds of guilt: real guilt and false guilt.

My friend was feeling false guilt, and this is what I told her: “God has given you many wonderful gifts and an amazing way with people. People love you. You are so good at what you do. I couldn’t possibly do those things. If you didn’t do what you did, those things would be left undone. You are just where the Lord wants you to be.”

The enemy of our souls is the “accuser,” and he will try to put these feelings of “not good enough” into our minds and hearts. Usually he puts this vague feeling of guilt on us, but nothing really specific. Don’t listen to him.

There is, however, a kind of guilt that is real. Sometimes we have sinful attitudes, or do and say sinful things. We may speak angry words, swear, gossip, entertain jealousy, flirt with someone, have an affair, or eat or drink too much. The Holy Spirit will convict you of these specific sins, and you will need to admit and confess them. Then, as 1 John 1:9 says, He will forgive and cleanse you — take away your guilt.

We need not walk with feelings of guilt. Christ has set us free from guilt and sin. Let’s walk in the freedom of forgiveness.

Father, thank You for freeing us from all guilt and sin through Your Son’s death on the cross. Enable us to walk in the freedom of forgiveness. Amen.

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The church is full of sinners. Some sins are well known and others are hidden, but God knows the hearts of each one of us,

Have You Forgiven Yourself | by Katherine Kehler

From Victim to Victory – Physically and emotionally abused as a child, Sharon stopped crying at 6 and stopped talking at 9.


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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.

by Katherine Kehler
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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.

by Katherine Kehler
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