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Amaryllis Grace: Joy is Worth the Wait

Amaryllis Grace: Joy is Worth the Wait

Editor’s Note: Welcome to Sit & Listen Saturdays at Devotionals Daily! Enjoy reading as well as listening to this message today from One Thousand Gifts Devotional by Ann Voskamp, read by Ann Voskamp. Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened, and just as I have planned so it will stand. — Isaiah 14:24 Why

Six Books Jane Austen Would Read Today

Today would have been Jane Austen’s 240th birthday. More than two hundred years since her novels first reached readers, her stories have remained powerful and popular. Full of timeless wisdom, Austen’s classics have made her one of the most celebrated authors of English literature. But what are some of the books that would inspire Austen

The North Pole or the Manger?

Some call him Sinterklaas. Others Pere Noel or Papa Noel. He’s been known as Hoteiosho, Sonnerklaas, Father Christmas, Jelly Belly, and to most English speakers, Santa Claus. His original name was Nicholas, which means victorious. He was born in AD 280 in what is now Turkey. He was orphaned at age nine when his parents died of a plague. Though many

A Return to Glory and Grace: God’s Wild, Secretive Plan

From all of our beginnings, we keep reliving the Garden story. Satan, he wanted more. More power, more glory. Ultimately, in his essence, Satan is an ingrate. And he sinks his venom into the heart of Eden. Satan’s sin becomes the first sin of all humanity: the sin of ingratitude. Adam and Eve are, simply,

Humble Grace: Humility Comes Before Happiness

God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. — Matthew 5:5 NLT I’m standing in a mudroom, sorting children’s dribbled shirts, grass-stained jeans. I live in laundry. How to be Little-One in now’s wonderland, in Kingdom of Heaven coming? How to live in a state of awe when life is

3 Ways to Steal Gratitude from Your Kids

Thank you. Two simple words, yet they mean so much. When said with warmth, sincerity and integrity, they communicate love and appreciation. Yet when said with sarcasm or guilt, they can leave you feeling undervalued and dismissed. Ironically, these are also some of the first words we teach our children. My husband and I taught our

Hard Grace

Everything is eucharisteo. Because eucharisteo is how Jesus, at the Last Supper, showed us to transfigure all things — take the pain that is given, give thanks for it, and transform it into a joy that fulfills all emptiness. I have glimpsed it: This, the hard eucharisteo. The hard discipline to lean into the ugly

Giving Thanks In Everything

I sit at the prayer bench before my bedroom window. Outside, our boys roll millions of flakes into a snow fort. I read the passage, one I remember from the musty basement of the Knox Presbyterian Church Sunday school. I think I know this one. Jesus restores ten lepers to wholeness. And only one returns

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A Bible Study for Thanksgiving

In our evening devotions with our boys (6 & 4 years old), my wife and I are walking through the Old Testament and have finished up Genesis and moved on to Moses.  As we started, we read this verse in Exodus chapter 1: “Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to

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