Category: Devotionals

Stirred to Volunteer

“Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab  and every skilled person in whom the Lord had put skill —everyone whose heart stirred him to volunteer to do the work,”  (Exodus 36:2, NET) In November 2021, when we arrived at our project at Riverbend Retreat, we were presented with a 10’x20’ concrete slab and asked to build a…
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Keeping Our Eye on Jesus

“… Peter … walked on the water, and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the strong wind he became afraid. …”  (Matthew 14:29–30, NET) In Matthew’s account when Peter got out of the boat in the middle of the storm to walk toward Jesus all went well at first. Then Peter took his eyes…
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Preparation

“… by fitting your feet with the preparation  that comes from the good news of peace,”  (Ephesians 6:15, NET) It’s the beginning of air conditioning (A/C) season and our A/C’s are even now working to keep our home comfortable in this summer’s high temperatures and humidity. To make sure the units are ready to go,…
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I Will Follow You, But …

“Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord,but first let me say goodbye to my family.””(Luke 9:61, NET) Last fall, as we thought and prayed about where in the USA we were to serve, the thought kept coming back to us that we should take the time to visit and work at a few ministries…
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Transformed

“So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;  what is old has passed away — look, what is new has come!”  (2 Corinthians 5:17, NET) Recently the SOWER ladies undertook the task of painting the shutters on the SOWER office. Although hard to see in the smaller image above, the change…
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Following Him

“Peter began to speak to him,  ‘Look, we have left everything to follow you!’”  (Mark 10:28, NET) There are many times when we feel we left everything to follow Jesus. Sometimes we wonder if we are doing the right thing …  On May 1, 2019, we set out on our maiden voyage in our new-to-us…
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The Desire of Our Heart

“Delight yourself in the Lord;  And He will give you the desires of your heart.”  (Psalm 37:4, NASB95) Katie loves to quilt. Living in less than 400 sq. ft. and having a weight restriction on what we can carry in our home-on-wheels prevents her from doing much quilting. We have committed to going wherever and…
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Waiting …

“Peter said to him, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? …”  (John 13:37, NET) Oswald Chambers makes the following statement regarding this verse: “There are times when you cannot understand why you cannot do what you want to do. When God brings the blank space, see that you do not fill it in, but…
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Brain Muscle vs. Body Muscle

“…I saw the sovereign master seated on a high, elevated throne.  The hem of his robe filled the temple.”  (Isaiah 6:1, NET) In Isaiah 6:1-8, the prophet records his amazing first-hand experience with God. I cannot imagine how I would react in that same situation! Isaiah was so overwhelmed with what he experienced that when…
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Our Living Sacrifice

“Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,  to present your bodies as a sacrifice—alive, holy, and pleasing to God— which is your reasonable service.”  (Romans 12:1, NET) This week I once again read the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to the believers in Rome to offer themselves as living sacrifices for God…
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