Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • All Things Working To the Glory of God: Stephen’s Martyrdom +

    God works in mysterious ways– Read More
  • God's Love For Us +

    The well of love God has for us is deeper than our imaginations can grasp-- Read More
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francis-chanIt was a pretty emotional morning for me. My wife and I dropped off our oldest daughter at the airport this morning. She's 15 and flying to Thailand by herself to work at a rescue home for the next month. It's something she has begged me to let her do since our visit to Thailand last fall.

All of the expected fears filled my mind occasionally, but they were overcome by other positive emotions...

Thanksgiving: I am so grateful that Jesus saved Rachel and gave her this desire to serve those in need. It was only a couple of years ago that she seemed so far from the Lord. I can never thank Him enough! My little girl is in love with Jesus and loves serving Him! Thank you Father.

Peace: The Spirit calmed my heart and assured me that this is right. I am able to rest in His sovereignty. There is tremendous peace living in uncertainty. It seems so much more biblical to have our family split apart at times in order to serve Him. It reminds me of why we are here.

Expectancy: I anticipate the Lord teaching Rachel so much during this time. I spent much of my childhood without a dad, and it caused me to depend on God more. I expect this time apart from us will help her walk with the Lord develop. Lisa and I prayed she would grow much during this time, and that the Lord would bless her with some tougher times so that she would grow.

Good Pain: I'm grateful that I will miss one of my best friends. How sad it would be if I didn't. Working through the fears allowed Lisa and I to surrender Rachel to our Lord once again. It was a great reminder that she is not really our daughter. She belongs to her heavenly Father and needs to go wherever He calls her.

I share some of this because I know there are other parents who get nervous when their children want to take a step of faith. It's never easy to let go, and there are certainly times when the Lord gives us the wisdom to keep them from careless choices. But there are times like these when it's not the safest decision, but it seems best to let them go. The pain and uncertainty will force us to trust Him more. The discomfort will remind us that this world is not our home. At the end of it all, I believe we will be more like Christ and more in love with Him.


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Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson +

    Eugene Peterson’s book, Eat This Book gets its name from Revelation 10:9-10 when John asks for the scroll containing God’s Read More
  • Martin Luther’s Quiet Time, Walter Trobisch +

    Martin Luther had a barber named Peter Beskendorf who asked his world-famous customer and doctor of theology, "Dr. Luther, how Read More
  • Storytelling +

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
  • Life as an Alien +

    Timothy Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, provides an inspiring portrayal of what the church is supposed Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Separated Unto the Holy Ghost (Andrew Murray) +

    Below is chapter 3 from the book, Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray, a South African "Now there were in the Read More
  • The Human Body and Spiritual Growth: Dallas Willard +

    In Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation, edited by James Wilhoit of Wheaton College. "Spiritual formation" is the process through Read More
  • January 28 Devotional: Oswald Chambers +

    Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? —Acts 26:14 Read More
  • Coupla Things by Julie Moore +

    It has occurred to me that maybe more people would read my blog if the posts were shorter. I'm not Read More
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