Devotional

Run, Hide, Fight

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 30 August 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 375

Run, Hide, Fight

As our children return to school, they may hear words of instruction that direct them to "Run, Hide, Fight." This protocol has been developed to create a safety procedure if an intruder enters a school setting and poses a threat. My daughter, a senior in high school this year, told us this was discussed on the first day of school. I was not surprised, and I was glad that safety measures are implemented.

Things have changed greatly since I went to school. We had fire drills but never lockdown drills.

Do You Have a Fear of Doctors?

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 28 August 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 342

Do You Have a Fear of Doctors?

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

In the nursing home, I spend my days walking with people, and often we talk during those walks. Here's a phrase that I hear from time to time: “I do not want to go to the doctor’s office because they might find something.” Have you ever heard someone say that? Have you ever said that? It really cracks me up when they say this because I understand the sentiment!

Take Action

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Thursday, 23 August 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 443

Take Action

Have you ever noticed how active and prescriptive God is?

Fear not, neither be thou dismayed…arise, go…” (Joshua 8:1)

Be not afraid…” (Jeremiah 10:5)

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…” (Matthew 5:44)

God speaks in verbs and actions. He commands. He describes. He explains. Though He may be sitting on His throne, He certainly isn’t twiddling His thumbs. He’s doing. He’s watching. He’s working. He’s opening doors. He’s fulfilling His promises.

Peaceful Discourse

Written by Brother Rich Nath on Tuesday, 21 August 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 216

Peaceful Discourse

Recently we read the summaries from GMBA Campout, where one of the themes of the week was peace, using Philippians 4:7 as the basis. The peace of God surely does pass all understanding; it is the only true peace.

There are two ways we can pass it to others — by actions and by words.

Comfort Through Song

Written by Sister Mallory Batson on Tuesday, 14 August 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 416

Comfort Through Song

We all go through tough times. None of us are immune to them. In the moments I feel weak or uncertain about what’s to come, I turn to God for comfort. I want to know He is there, that He’s listening, and He has a plan. God most often speaks to me through song, so I put together a list of 10 hymns that give me comfort when life gets hard.

10. My Lord Can

I love the many examples this song provides of what God can do. We often find ourselves with problems to which we can’t fathom a solution, but God can. He can do the impossible.

Father of Lights

Written by Sister Vicki Ali on Thursday, 09 August 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 467

Father of Lights

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

Recently our family spent a warm summer evening together at a lantern festival. For these events, participants gather at a local county fairground in a wide-open field with blankets, lawn chairs, coolers, and picnic baskets listening to live music until the sun sets. Each person is given a paper lantern to decorate with personal dreams, wishes, inspirational quotes, and doodlings. At dusk, tiki torches are lit and the excitement begins.

There is a small square fuel cell at the base of each lantern. Once it's lit via the torch, the heat expands and fills the lantern to be released glowing against the night sky.

My Place

Written by Sister Colleen Moore on Thursday, 02 August 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 395

My Place

When the doctor placed my firstborn in my arms, I knew my life would never be the same. I stared into the sweet eyes of this baby boy, and I felt like I was staring into the eyes of an angel. The pure innocence was breathtaking. This baby that I had carried inside of me was now in my arms, and I knew I would do everything I could to protect him.

I felt that same exact feeling when our second son was born, and then our daughter. It's a feeling that is so hard to put into words.

Doors That Close

Written by Sister Linda Scolaro on Thursday, 26 July 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 496

Doors That Close

Did you ever have a door literally close in your face? Recently, this happened to me both literally and figuratively. First, here is the literal version.

I was with my family in the Pittsburgh, PA, airport preparing to depart on a flight. We just had a very blessed time at the April General Church Conference. After checking in our luggage, I did not hear the gate number indicated by the agent at the counter. I followed my family, lugging my personal items and lagging behind their quick strides to the train that transports passengers to the concourse where the gates are located. My whole family boarded the train, and as I attempted to get on, the doors immediately shut.

Cachexia of the Soul

Written by Brother P. on Tuesday, 24 July 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 465

Cachexia of the Soul

Today's article is another installment in Brother P.'s column, "Lessons From the Nursing Home."

According to Merriam-Webster, "cachexia" is “general physical wasting and malnutrition usually associated with chronic disease.”

In the nursing home, this word “cachexia” is a diagnosis that we see given to a person who is skinny beyond belief. We often call a skin-and-bones person “cachexic” (which is not really a word).

Turning Your Mess into His Message

Written by Sister Natalie Shawver on Tuesday, 10 July 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 511

Turning Your Mess into His Message

Do you ever wonder why you’re going through a particular trial or hardship? I do. Lots.

I especially wonder when it’s something incredibly difficult for me. Like the time I had an anxiety attack in an airport and I thought my throat was closing, never to open again. Or the time I lost my job due to a company reorganization. Or when I had delivery complications with my son.

In the midst of those situations, I often felt as though God was far from me. But, He also gave me wisdom to understand that somewhere, buried deep in that overwhelming tribulation, there was a lesson. What was He trying to show me, I wondered?

Turbulent Flights Lead to Clearer Skies

Written by Sister Rachel Alessio on Thursday, 05 July 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 450

Turbulent Flights Lead to Clearer Skies

I hate turbulence. Turbulence during a plane flight is the root of my flying anxiety. I’ve gotten past sitting next to strangers and flying by myself, but I still haven’t gotten used to turbulence. There’s something about bouncing up and down at 30,000-ish feet in the air that’s unsettling for me. Most of the time it doesn’t last very long, and I’ve always landed safely on the ground, but in those brief moments, my heart starts to race and my mind runs through every possible worst-case scenario until the bumpiness passes.

The more I’ve thought about my flying anxiety, the more I’ve been able to relate it to other aspects of my life. As I live from day to day, it’s not always smooth sailing. Sometimes new obstacles or turbulent bumps mess with my daily routine, and I have to figure out how to navigate my way to calmer, clearer skies. The moment turbulent winds disrupt the smoothness of the flight, and my stomach drops while I white-knuckle grip my armrests, the only thing on my mind is “Lord, keep me safe. Lord, get me through this. Lord, You are in control.”

Do Work!

Written by Brother Ryan Lesperance on Tuesday, 03 July 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 447

Do Work!

Most mornings, my wife, Gina, gets our kids ready for school.

Every once in a while, I get the pleasure of being a part of the Monday-through-Friday morning routine. My son, Gianni, is 6 years old. When I tell him to put his clothes on, he lays on the floor completely flat on his back, whines that he is too tired to put his clothes on, and wants me to dress him while he makes zero effort. He doesn't want to do a thing. He just wants me to take his pajamas off and dress him as he just lays there. I don't mind helping him get ready, but I need to see a little effort on his part. Nothing huge … maybe just stand there?

Snoopy Banks and Little White Envelopes

Written by Sister Ruth Gehly on Thursday, 28 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 486

Snoopy Banks and Little White Envelopes

When I was in the fourth grade, I celebrated my birthday party on the Gateway Clipper riverboat in downtown Pittsburgh. At that party, one of my friends gifted me a Snoopy bank, which to this day remains in pristine condition and sits displayed on a bookshelf in my guest bedroom — a fond reminder of that special time and my childhood. It also brings to mind some of the important lessons I learned growing up.

As a little girl, my parents instilled in my sisters and me the value of work and the importance of giving. There was great significance in our contribution as individuals and as members of the family. Some of what we did was simply expected — brushing our teeth, washing our hands, saying please and thank you, making our beds every day, hanging up our towels after our bath, putting our dirty clothes down the laundry chute, keeping our shared rooms straightened, doing our homework, etc.

The Manna-fest Word of God

Written by Brother Jordan Champine on Tuesday, 26 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 402

The Manna-fest Word of God

"And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live." (Deuteronomy 8:3)

Heaven's corn (Psalm 78:24) supplied to Israel during their wilderness experience was a mighty miracle of God's provision to sustain them along the way. This supernatural act was so important that God commanded a portion of the manna to be preserved within their holiest possession, the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 16:34). It stood as an emblem of Israel's continued dependence on God and His ability to provide. Yet, as the above passage reveals, God purposed a greater divine truth to be showcased through their immediate need. Spiritually, we need the Word of God like our body needs food.

Holding My Father’s Hands

Written by Brother Richard Lowman on Thursday, 21 June 2018. Posted in Devotional Hits 532

Holding My Father’s Hands

My wife, Sister Gina Lowman, and I are visiting a beach in South Padre Island, Texas. This is an island that is 11 miles north of Matamoras, Mexico and is surrounded by water on both sides. The island is about 1 mile wide and maybe 10 to 11 miles long, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on both sides.

Our 5-year-old twins, Rebekah and Joshua, are here with us, and we have been enjoying the beach every day. Our twins have had two years of swimming lessons and are excellent swimmers. On most days at home, you will find them swimming in the pool. The can jump, dive, go under and hold their breath, and are truly competent swimmers.

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