Cities of Joy and Healing

I have a friend, a nurse, who recently went to Thessaloniki, Greece, to work in three refugee camps, primarily serving mothers and young babies who were far from home in the bitter cold. The overwhelming majority of the refugees are from Syria, where their villages and cities, once places of laughter and life, are now … Read moreCities of Joy and Healing

Prayer and Bullies

My husband and I were discussing an elderly person who was being bullied by a professing believer in Jesus in their Christian workplace—unaware that our 10-year-old daughter had overheard us talking. A few days later, however, when my daughter and I were walking around the track at the local fitness center, I told her that … Read morePrayer and Bullies

The Prayer Jesus Gave

The movie Deepwater Horizon depicts the true events of a tragic oil rig explosion that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. The sudden underwater eruption killed eleven crewmembers and created a massive oil spill. Devotional by: Our Daily Journey Today’s Topic Source: https://www.ourdailyjourney.org/2017/10/13/hard-times/ Visit Our Daily Journey for daily inspiration Share this with friends on … Read moreThe Prayer Jesus Gave

Trusting the Shepherd

A rod and a staff—they feel like strange comforts. You think of a sheep in a dark valley with predators all around, and the push of a rod or a wrench of a staff are the only encouragements. They can be a comfort ultimately, but at the time they don’t feel like it.” A friend … Read moreTrusting the Shepherd

Good Leader in a Good World

Over the past few years, we’ve experienced a great deal of political upheaval. While such turmoil isn’t new, many are wrestling with what kind of leaders to trust and how to hold our leaders accountable for governing in ways that are good for everyone—not merely for a select few who hold the purse strings or … Read moreGood Leader in a Good World

Let’s Pray Together

Few of us would think we’d done anything significant after attending a prayer meeting, much less that one day a monument would be built to commemorate what we did. College student Samuel Mills would surely have felt the same way. Devotional by: Our Daily Journey Today’s Topic Source: https://www.ourdailyjourney.org/2017/10/13/hard-times/ Visit Our Daily Journey for daily … Read moreLet’s Pray Together

Heaven Rules

The front page of the newspaper showed an overjoyed woman clapping her hands above her head. She wore not only a huge smile but also a T-shirt bearing the name of her favorite political candidate. Next to her photo was another picture of equal size. It showed a disappointed young man slumped over in defeat. … Read moreHeaven Rules

United in Worship

Getting a group of people to move in the same way and at the same time requires a lot of skill. But more than 31,000 dancers in China made it look easy. Guinness World Records says that 31,697 Chinese women set the record for mass plaza dancing in multiple locations. The participants danced for more … Read moreUnited in Worship

Phubbing – A bad way to treat someone

When was the last time someone looked down at their smartphone while you were talking to them? You were “phubbed”—snubbed by someone who chose to turn their attention to their phone. Phubbing happens, but it isn’t a kind way to treat someone. God has called us to a much higher standard of love and respect … Read morePhubbing – A bad way to treat someone

Green Shoots

For nearly a century, two towering ash trees have shaded our house and stood like sentinels watching over it. Within the last decade, however, one of the ashes suffered a mortal wound, and in the intervening years the rot and carpenter ants did their business. The arborist told us there was no saving the tree … Read moreGreen Shoots

Love Meter – Measuring True Love

A “love calculator” can be found on the Internet. As strange as it may sound, all you’re instructed to do once you’re on the website is to key in your name and the name of the person you’re interested in, and the love meter calculates your “love percentage”—supposedly revealing your chances of a successful romantic … Read moreLove Meter – Measuring True Love

More Than You Know – There Are Questions You Can’t Answer

“No matter how knowledgeable we are, there are questions with answers beyond our comprehension”. Today’s devotional explains it all. What makes grass grow thick and green? Would you believe that part of the answer is lightning? The main ingredient in most fertilizers is nitrogen, and the air is full of it. But grass can’t access … Read moreMore Than You Know – There Are Questions You Can’t Answer

Evidence of Kindness – Do you any proof?

Several children and their parents filed into a room in which a neo-natal nurse sat. The kids were carrying pictures of themselves as premature infants—years ago, they had been cared for by the nurse. Before the group surprised her, she had watched a video in which the parents expressed how thankful they were for her … Read moreEvidence of Kindness – Do you any proof?

Humble Beginnings – Never Look Down on This!

Great thing start small. Just do not underestimate the power that lies in starting small. The wealthiest in today’s’ world were not born into the wealthiest families decades ago. It takes a drop of water to sum up what they have become.   Read this insightful file by ODJ’s writer. It’s estimated that Howard Schultz, … Read moreHumble Beginnings – Never Look Down on This!