Devotions (Page 3)

Devotions (Page 3)

3:16 Devotion May 1, 2020

“Train up a child in the way he should go [teaching him to seek God’s wisdom and will for his abilities and talents], Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” ~ Parenting means you’ll do your best to prepare your child for a faith, moral, and productive life as an adult. For this purpose you rely on your own mistakes, experiences, and advices from your own parents, from schools, from your community of faith. All these…

3:16 Devotion April 29, 2020

Faith through All Things APRIL 20, 2020 BY RACHEL BROWN (OKLAHOMA, USA) I know what it is to have little and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. — (NRSV) When I was a track athlete in high school, Paul’s words in  were a mantra I would use to give me confidence before a race.…

3:16 Devotion April 28, 2020

“But I will bless anyone who trusts in me.  I will do good things for the person who depends on me. They will be like a tree planted near water.   It sends out its roots beside a stream. It is not afraid when heat comes.  Its leaves are always green.  It does not worry when there is no rain.  It always bears fruit.” : 7-8 During this quarantine pause I have been looking for a space and time to be quiet, to…

3:16 Devotion April 25, 2020

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  always centers me when I feel like I cannot clearly hear God. There are times when God directly answers our questions and prayers. There are also times when God’s answers are more cloudy. Sometimes things happen to us that we do not understand. It can be difficult to find significance in what…

3:16 Devotion April 23, 2020

Count Your Blessings Tuesday morning, April 14, as I was pondering what I needed to do for the day, this old hymn popped in my head. Count your blessings name them one by one, Count your blessings see what God has done, Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your many blessings see what God has done. My usual Tuesday morning is spent readying the choir room for choir rehearsal on Tuesday night. So I was thinking, “My…

3:16 Devotion April 22, 2020

“Everyone should look out not [only] for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” My mom lives in a retirement community in Southern Italy. They have been in quarantine for more than a month already. Staff is quarantined with the residents. Nobody comes in, nobody goes out. It is a stressful situation. I talk to my mom through a cook name Rosa who became my contact through WhatsApp. This wonderful lady is a wife, mother, and grandmother.…

3:16 Devotion April 21, 2020

Sharing God’s Love Our family enjoys being outside in nature; hiking, biking or on the water.  We’ve had to cancel several outdoor vacations due to the coronavirus pandemic.  At first, I was disappointed, but it has given us an opportunity to find and explore some nearby Nature Preserves that we never knew about.  We have managed to find some off the beaten paths where we have encountered only a few others on the trails.  This has allowed me to nurture…

3:16 Devotion April 20, 2020

Life in the past month has become something many of us would never believe possible in this day and age.  Stay home all day, every day?  Don’t see family and friends?  What are we to do?  We can try really listening and seeing.  I don’t mean listening to and watching the news.  I don’t even mean listening to each other all the time, because we know that can get tricky and we all need some down time; yes, even in…

3:16 Devotion April 18, 2020

A prayer meditation for Easter. It’s a good time to pray for the world and for ourselves. A combination of spoken word, video, Bible Scripture and music.

3:16 Devotion April 17, 2020

When the seriousness of the Covid-19 virus became more apparent and everything began to shut down, I was having a conversation with my daughter about the reality of life we were experiencing and just how scary the situation was and what something like this could really mean for life as we know it.  Her only other such dangerous and frightening experience of life was the event of 9/11.  At the time she was in high school, and although recognizing the…

3:16 Devotion April 16, 2020

The most significant impact of COVID-19 is the grinding halt of our previous lives. We were a people on the go, filling our days with what seemed like endless activities and appointments. Now people are home, either working, teaching their kids or just spending time together. One question that is asked frequently is “where is God in this?” Did He let this happen or why did He let it happen? Our current situation made me think of the Old Testament…

3:16 Devotion – April 15, 2020

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6, NIV COVID-19 is called a novel virus. “Novel” is a fancy way to say we know nothing, or very little, about it. We don’t truly know how it is passed around. We don’t know how to cure it. We are not sure if masks are effective or not. We don’t know…

3:16 Devotion April 14, 2020

“Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” I stopped watching the news a few days ago. I get really enraged with the blame game most politicians display, and the scarce disposition to cooperate with each other in making sure we are safe in…