Devotions

Saturday, June 15, 2024 – Reading from “Jesus Calling”
 

Let Me help you get through this day. There are many possible paths to travel between your getting up in the morning
and your lying down at night. Stay alert to the many choice-points along the way, being continually aware of My
Presence. You will get through this day one way or the other. One way is to moan and groan, stumbling along with
shuffling feet. This will get you to the end of the day eventually, but there is a better way. You can choose to walk with
Me along the path of Peace, leaning on Me as much as you need. There will still be difficulties along the way, but you
can face them confidently in My strength. Thank Me for each problem you encounter, and watch to see how I transform
trials into blessings.

 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 – “I’ll Still Be Loving You” by C. David Hay

When your hair has turned to winter
and your teeth are in a plate
when your getter up and go
has gone to stop and wait
I’ll still be loving you

When your attributes have shifted
beyond the bound of grace,
I’ll count your many blessings,
not the wrinkles in your face -
I’ll still be loving you.

When the crackles in your voice
matches that within your knee
and the times are getting frequent
that you don’t remember me -
I’ll still be loving you.

Growing old is not a sin,
It’s something we all do
I hope you’ll always understand -
I’ll still be loving you.

 

Saturday, June 8, 2024 – “Summer Memories” by P. Williams

As I see the waves of heat rise from the pavement

I am reminded that God gave us summer

Barefoot children… feeling the grass… the mud
Rocks… Sycamore balls.. holly leaves!

Times have changed and I rarely go barefoot
But God sure is making some beautiful days!

He has been here with me all these years
He has been with you too… Praise God!

I remember sitting in church… Never went to the Nursery

Soooo HOT! No air conditioning anywhere back then.

Windows were open and there were cardboard fans
With a tongue depressor handle…

I rarely got to keep one long
My parents got me to give it to an adult.

Sunday outfits… Sidney in pants and a button up shirt
Sunday shoes: His were brown leather Buster Browns!
Mine were shiny black patent leather.

Wonderful memories of those days long gone.

God made North Carolina so we have 4 seasons
Not quite as defined as years ago… but still 4!

God reaches down and take care of us
I pray He will continue… During these beautiful
But Hot Summer Days!

God Bless Each One of You
Amen

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 – Quote from Corrie Ten Boom

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free
and to discover the prisoner was you.”

 

Saturday, June 1, 2024 – “Special Days” by P. Williams

Oh the weather… how perfect it can be
Humidity low… temperatures low… So lovely

Funny how something like a perfect day
God sneaks it on us once in a while.

He gives us lots of “perfect” days
Maybe a Snow day suits you

Sometimes a cold windy winter day
Maybe a a day at the beach suits you.

How about a day to just relax… maybe read
or a trip the library or a museum

Lunch with old friends or dinner with your spouse
Perfect days brought to us by God

Sometimes You cook a special meal
Maybe Dad on the grill and Mom in the Kitchen

God comes up with so many special days
Days with family, friends, church friends All special

Lovely weather… lovely company
God slips us a special gift… a day

A day… A gift… right from Him
He who loves us and takes Care of us

Every Hour of everyday… Loving us
Through good days… bad days… and
The Perfect Day

Dear God… Thanks for all of the
Special Days… Your Gift… Every Day
Every Single Day!

God Bless Each One of You,
Amen

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 – Excerpt from “Just Pray” by Joretta Klepfer

Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29

Lord Jesus Christ,

You carried the heavy load of the cross for us

And now we can find rest in you because you still carry the load for us.

You give us a peace deeper than human understanding.

You give us a joy greater than our own making.

You give us rest blessed with Your immeasurable love.

Thank you.

 

Saturday, May 25, 2024 – “Carson House, Marion NC by P. Williams

When you go on a road trip…. It is amazing
How some things are the same… different in Small ways

Seeing the flowers on I-40… pink and purple
Rolling green pastures with happy cows

Rain storms from last week made deep ditches
Washing the driveway rocks into the road

The beauty of sitting on the front porch and
Listening… birds and the sounds of Buck Creek

Walking out to the Jubilee Shelter… a true
Post and Beam construction… A thing of beauty…
Dedicated Craftmanship… Not one nail… These
craftsmen must have hearts full of Yesteryears
Beauty!

I cherish the fact that my ancestors knew
The value of preserving this Wonderful 1770’s home…
It gives me a glimpse of my own history

Green mountains that slide up into your windshield view
Driving west… they get taller – bigger

The air changes… is crisper and cooler
The forest changes here… a darker green

The air if filled with the smell of boxwoods that
are so old they are a treasure.
The arborists from NC State take care of them.

God’s sky is bluer and vast… from horizon to horizon.
Fluffy clouds float by… sprinkled over God’s beauty

God’s gifts for everyone to enjoy
old houses, forests, cows, boxwoods, and the sky

          We are blessed

Many blessings today and everyday

          Amen

 

Wednesday May 22, 2024 – “The Making of a Pearl” from the Upper Room Daily Devotions

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
2 Corinthians 5:17

I recently saw a news segment reporting the discovery of the world’s largest pearl. For a pearl to form, an irritant —
a parasite, fish scale, or some other bit of rubbish — makes its way inside a mollusk’s shell. The mollusk then
secretes a substance that covers the irritant, layer after layer. These layers, which protect the mollusk from the irritant,
eventually become hard and lustrous pearls. The enormous pearl I saw on the news must have thousands upon
thousands of glistening layers.

Rubbish can enter our lives through dangerous habits, unhealthy relationships, self-doubt, or complacency. We may
even come to believe that these irritants define us — that it is impossible to change. As God’s transforming love
covers us in layer upon layer of mercy and grace, we are protected and renewed, and our lives are made beautiful.

 

Saturday, May 18, 2024 – Rest In Peace by P. Williams

Because Monday is Memorial Day, I thought this was very appropriate.

Rest in Peace:

     Justin Allen 23

     Brett Linley 29

     Matthew Weikert 29

     Justus Bartett 27

     Dave Santos 21

     Jesse Reed 26

     Matthew Johnson 21

     Zachary Fisher 24

     Brandon King 23

     Christopher Goeke 23

     and Sheldon Tate 27

All Marines who gave their lives THIS Week for you and me. There’s no media for them… So We will read their names
and send up prayers as they March into Heaven.

God bless America and God Bless each of You.

Amen

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 – Reading from Daily Devotions

James 5:7 - Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider
the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the
earth.

A few white clouds drifted in a blue sky over the Smoky Mountains. In the distance I could see a farmer on a tractor,
tilling the field for planting. The farmer could not know what the weather would bring or whether the seeds would
produce a bountiful crop. Yet, undaunted, the farmer has faith that the seeds will produce an abundant crop and pre-
pares the land.

The words from James quoted above came to mind. As followers of Christ, our witness is like the seeds a farmer
plants. We don’t know how well our seeds will grow or whether they will bear fruit. But like a farmer who returns
each spring to plant once again, we must have faith that some of our seeds will land on good ground and produce
a harvest that will bear much fruit for the kingdom of God.

I pray my faith remains as strong as that of a farmer and that my witness will bring an abundant harvest.

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 – “Sacrifice and Thankfulness”, Psalm 116:8 – taken from Daily Lenten Devotions –
Society of St. Andrew

The writer of Psalm 116 is recovering from illness and is so grateful to God he asks, “What shall I return to the Lord
for all his bounty to me?” Have you ever had somebody bail you out of a bad situation, and you have no idea how to
repay that gift? The Psalmist offered this song of thanksgiving and concluded the repayment would be devotion and
faithfulness. They promise to work together with God’s people in worship and service.
 

God has blessed me in so many ways. I have a wonderful family who loves me more than I love myself. I have a sup-
portive church family. I have had many meaningful jobs. I, like the Psalmist, recovered from pretty severe illness and
am in reasonably good health. So, what shall I return to the Lord? I have no riches to give, and the Lord does not need
my riches anyway. I can only give what the Psalmist recommends – devotion, faithfulness, and a desire to work with all
God’s people to bring about God’s dream – for all the people of the Earth to know of His goodness and mercy.

Lord, so often, I think of sacrifice as a negative thing. Help me see any sacrifice I make to further your kingdom is an
expression of thankfulness to you for all my many blessings. Amen

 

Saturday, May 4, 2024 – Devotion from “Jesus Calling”

Meet Me in Morning Stillness, while the earth is fresh with the dew of My Presence. Worship me in the beauty of
holiness. Sing love songs to My holy Name. As you give yourself to Me, My Spirit swells within you till you are
flooded with divine Presence.

The world’s way of pursuing riches is grasping and hoarding. You attain My riches by letting go and giving. The
more you give yourself to Me and My ways, the more I fill you with inexpressible, heavenly Joy.

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - “Following the Call” from Upper Room

John 10:27 – Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

Wood ducks build their nests in hollow, rotted tree cavities, which are sometimes up to 60 feet above
the ground. Within a day of hatching, the ducklings climb out of their nests. Following their mother’s
beckoning call, they leap from the safety and comfort of the nest and fall to the ground below before
making their way to water where their mother awaits. The ducklings do not hesitate to follow the
voice they know and trust. They make this jump before they have learned to fly; yet they trust the
call to come.

After discovering the fascinating beginnings of a wood duck’s life, I began to wonder how much I
trust the voice of the One who cares for me. Am I willing to leave all that is safe and familiar and
follow the Shepherd’s call, even if that means leaping into the great unknown?

 

The ducklings’ obedience is natural and instinctive. They show no fear — only trust. What a strong
reminder to focus on the Shepherd’s voice with full assurance of his loving guidance!