Devotional

Daily devotional life of Scripture and prayer

But IDavid’s plea to God in Psalm 13 was this, “How long will my enemy be exalted over me?” David felt abandoned by God and experienced immense sorrow to the “point of death” (vs 3).  He also feared that his enemies would be victorious. We are not sure whether David was worried about physical enemies or spiritual enemies. Either way, he felt vulnerable and strived to remain a faithful servant.

Dawn Photo courtesy of Adam Jeske

During my youthful summers at Sky Ranch Camp, I had great fun riding horses, canoeing, and swimming. At Sky Ranch, I was challenged to know God and to give my life to him. We studied God’s Word and sang hymns and choruses that were packed with Scriptural truths.

GrassI live in a part of the United States where there is a distinct difference between the dry and wet seasons. This is especially true since the past few years have been exceptionally dry and has left my neighboring hills and fields with the barren tundra of cracked dirt and parched grasses.

CruiseThis week Lisa Carlson, our NCF coworker, just returned from a cruise to celebrate her 30th wedding anniversary. Lisa oversees NCF Member Services and we missed her in the NCF office!

A word of hope for all nurses during Advent.

Tire AngelLast year in the midst of a blustery winter, I walked out of a store and found a note on my windshield that I had a flat tire. I was running errands and could have thought, "Really? It's 30 degrees out here!"

However, I actually smiled when I thought of how God had already prepared the way ahead of me. Here is my list of reasons to be thankful:

ExamWhen I was preparing to enter a graduate nursing program, I took the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). When I finished, I knew that I had not done well. Weeks later, I received my test scores in the mail and my feelings were confirmed.

Give thanks to the Lord forLike love and faith, our hope grows and blossoms as Christians (1 Corinthians 13:13). One of the ways we can nurture hope in our lives is through thankfulness. Identifying the simplest things and thanking our Father God for them fosters hope, even when we are buried beneath the trials of life.

Martin LutherAlmost five hundred years ago, Martin Luther (a priest in the Catholic church at the time) was reading the Word of God and began to understand for the first time (by God's revelation) that we are "saved by faith" through God's grace as a "gift of God, not by works, lest any one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).

horseAs a young girl I loved to read books about horses, and I thought I knew everything about them. But then I had a chance to ride one, and I realized that some things cannot be learned by just reading books.

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