Friday, March 16, 2018


Prepare the highway for my people to return, smooth out the road, and raise a flag for all the nations to see. Isaiah 62:10 (NLT)
We have all seen the crosses on the side of the road for those who have lost their lives in a traffic accident.

We do not know the beliefs of the roadside deceased, but their family or friends chose the Christian cross of Jesus to mark the end of their earthly existence.

We are not here to judge those travelers who died so suddenly as the causes could have been many: speed, substance abuse, texting, weather, road conditions, sleep deprivation or mechanical failure. For now they are in the hands of our Creator, and hopefully on a bright shining highway to a suite in His heavenly mansion, and not on a lonely, dark road detour to a rundown motel room.

Let these roadside crosses give us pause to contemplate our own fate and how quickly our lives can be lost in an instant. So slow down and say a little prayer for those roadside cross bearers as you pass by, and pray that we stay on the living Cross Road of Jesus, taking us into his kingdom.

Heavenly Father, watch over us on the highways and byways of life, and enable us to hear Your voice over the clamor and confusion of our fast paced daily activities.

© 2018 David Le Kites

Friday, March 9, 2018


Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

The eighth grade graduation ceremony was held on a May morning in 1951. Afterward, I went home with certificate in hand. At lunch, my father smiled across the table. “Congratulations, son”, he said.  “Thanks, Dad.” Then the conversation continued:

“Did you ever think about going to work?”

“No, I hadn’t really thought about it.”

“I could use some help in the parts department.” [He was our local Ford dealer.]

“Well, I guess I could do that. When would I start?”

“How about this afternoon?”

Just that quickly, I was hired! I started that afternoon and worked there in my available time until college graduation. The job was interesting, taught me how to interact with people and allowed me to save for the future. Working for my father was a rewarding experience.

Working for our heavenly Father gives much greater rewarding experiences. We work not with parts of cars but with whole people, many of whom need serious repair by the Master Mechanic. Our job is rather like that of a clerkto introduce people to the Master. We are not responsible to do the repairs, but simply to introduce. And we are not alone! The Spirit of Jesus is always right there to provide the words to say and whatever else is needed for a winsome witness.

Prayer: Lord, I receive and embrace the job you have prepared for me. Go with me in your peace and your power so my service will contribute to Your kingdom.

© 2018 Parker Wayland

Saturday, March 3, 2018


…Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Mark 16:15  (NIV)

Early in my teaching career an experienced educator named Beatrice “took me under her wing.” She 
spent time helping me enter into a life of bringing learning to others. Beatrice also shared her deep 
belief in Jesus as her savior. When she invited my son and me to attend church with her one Sunday 
we gladly obliged.

I was intrigued with the sermon and my teenage son, Bruce, was excited about the youth group. From that day forward we regularly attended church. Beatrice was always available to instruct and encourage us as we soaked up the Son.

We became so hungry for more of Jesus that we went to church somewhere every week night as well 
as Sunday. We would pray, sing hymns and play a tambourine on the way. Beatrice was always available to teach, listen, share, and encourage us in our exciting adventures. I began to call her “My Spiritual Mother.”

One day years later, Beatrice’s daughter called and told us Beatrice had passed away.
Although we mourned the loss of her presence, we would always remember her as an important 
stepping stone in our spiritual growth.
Recently a young woman, with whom I had an opportunity to discuss our Lord, began calling me “Her Spiritual Mother.”
I thought to myself, “what an honor to say that to me!’ Then I remembered, sharing the message of salvation and living it is what every Christian is meant to do here on Earth.          
Prayer: Lord, help us to remember to take advantage of every opportunity to draw others to Jesus.  After all, that is our “assignment” on Earth.” Amen

© Christy Struben 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018


Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

I have received a multitude of blessings from people I have never met—people like Dr. David Jeremiah, John Maxwell and Debbie Macomber who use their time, talents and gifts to add value to others.

For over twenty years, I have listened to Turning Point, the radio ministry of Dr. David Jeremiah. Dr. Jeremiah’s teaching of God’s Word not only imparts knowledge to my mind, but pierces my heart. He encourages me to be a better person and live a more Christ-filled life. I often listen to his messages more than once—eager to allow the Word of God to penetrate every fiber of my being—not willing to miss one important detail which may help me grow in my relationship with Jesus.

After attending my first Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit in 2014, a friend of mine lent me the book, One Perfect Word, by Debbie Macomber. Her wonderful book inspired me to select my one perfect word to focus on during 2015: Leadership.

I still marvel at the perfection of God’s timing and the sequence of events He set into motion as He revealed the next great discovery. While searching for leadership material on the internet, I came across the teaching of John Maxwell, a gifted writer and speaker. He has transformed my view of leadership and taught me many valuable lessons, including: To be a good leader, you must first love people.

Father God, as we reflect on the important people in our lives, let us pay it forward and seek to be a blessing to others.

© 2017 Amy A. Verzi

Friday, February 16, 2018


Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest. Exodus 34: 21 (NIV)

It’s Monday and the blaring alarm jolts me from my sleep reminding me that another work week will soon begin. I say to myself, “How could another weekend come and go so fast? There are so many things I didn’t do, so many things I wanted to do, but there never seems to be enough time. And God says we should do all our labor and work in six days? Certainly, God was not thinking of my schedule when He gave this commandment!”

He was! And He was thinking of your schedule too!

Despite our natural affinity for a life of busyness, God knew our human need for rest. It was so important that He modeled it for us when He created the heavens and the earth. Then, He placed it among the ten commandments.

I’ve not mastered this “rest” thing, but I’ve read stories of others who have. Their sabbath may fall on a Monday, a Friday, or perhaps a Sunday. Whatever the day, they are intentional in exhaling and being still. It’s a display of their trust in God to take care of all their needs in a six-day period.

I do not envy those who have decided to be still and take a weekly sabbath; instead, I strive to be like them. God took a sabbath. He recognized a need for rest. We, too, have a need for sabbath—a time to be still and a time to be restored by our great and mighty God.

Lord, forgive us for neglecting Your command to rest. Give us the courage to trust You to do all things in six days.

© 2018 Dawn M. Wayman

Friday, February 9, 2018


For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matt. 6:14 (NIV)

I awake—heart pounding. My sleep is disturbed by worry. I seek the Lord’s comfort and peace.

Through the darkness my mother's heart cries out, recognizing that still, after years, I harbor anger and resentment for the one who nearly took my son's life. Anger burned as I recalled the event that hurt his heart and sent his life into years of a self-destructive tailspin.

Without speaking, I cry to God, "He almost killed my son!" Life crushing pain squeezed across my chest as I pleaded my case.

God quietly, tenderly responds.

"They DID kill my son . . .

And it was for you."

That broke me, drove me from my bed to my knees at this most holy moment. I sobbed out my sorrow for what my sins had done and my thankfulness that even now, God could love me so deeply as to speak love into my pain, ever so gently caressing away the ugly ache of anger that screamed for justice.

He reminds me I have been forgiven once and for all, but in return, I must forgive.

Tears continued streaming from the deep well of pain in my heart. I felt kinship with Mary as she cried for her son.

I felt her tears stinging from under my eyelids—tears that I was in part responsible for.

Oh God, forgive me for my unforgiveness. Help me to release what I am holding on to. Change my heart. Help me to trust you unreservedly with all I hold dear. 

Praise You, Father, for showing me the error of my way, what is inhibiting healing and fullness of joy. Amen.

© 2018 Bonnie Mae Evans

Friday, February 2, 2018


Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food and the body more important than clothes? Matthew 6:25 (NIV)

Worrying about the past is like standing on the fantail (stern) of a ship contemplating the turmoil of the water churned up by the ship’s propellers as you pass a place you will never be again. It is utterly pointless.

The Captain of the ship is on the bridge, guiding and instructing the helmsman on the course determined by the Navigator from the Captain’s instruction. There are lookouts watching ahead and to port and to starboard for hazards such as other ships or rocks in the channel. But no one is paying attention to what is behind. It is no longer of any concern. Yes, it is part of the journey, but the way to the destination is all that matters.

Jesus advised us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these (other) things will be given to you as well” (Mathew 6:33).

What is important is the ship you are on. Who is your Captain and where is he taking you?  Each of us gets to choose our ship of life. If Jesus is the Captain of your ship, the kingdom of God is your destination. You can have confidence that He will get you there safely. Yes, we need to repent of the turmoil of our sins and receive Christ’s promised forgiveness, but then we can forget what is behind and confidently sail with Him to God’s kingdom.

Prayer: Thank you Jesus, God of grace, for opening and showing me the way to the kingdom of God!   
© 2018 Parker Wayland