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November 12, 2015

When I Am Afraid

By Nan Grantham

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”
—Psalm 56:3, NRSV

I am alone in this house . . . in this car . . . in this situation. It’s never been quite like this before . . . what do I do?

Nan Grantham with her dog, Choctaw, in the Texas bluebonnets. Photo by Kerryl Ann Frank, Sunset Photography.

My “most afraid” time thus far since my husband died: an encounter with a snake. Now I am surely the most fearful person of this creature that God put on the earth (I don’t even like to type the word). It was a pretty day outside. I had just let my new puppy out on the back patio when I heard an unusual growl-bark combination. I looked out and there on the patio was a coral snake. … read

November 9, 2015

Praise for the Only One

By James Howell
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015. Click to purchase this full week of devotions (“Praise for the Only One”) as an e-book.

Read 1 Samuel 1:4-8

Sorrow and unfulfilled dreams can create an ache within us, especially when we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing very well. Hannah not only grieves her infertility but has to deal with the cruel taunts of her husband’s other wife. Elkanah, the dutiful husband, attempts to juggle the emotions of a depressed wife and a haughty one. He offers comfort to Hannah, “Am I not more to you than ten sons?” Nice try—but even the noblest human love cannot satisfy the emptiness that accompanies crushed dreams. … read

October 22, 2015

Encouragement from God

By Ann Hagmann
Image of the view from Pike's Peak provided by Ann Hagmann

Image of the view from Pike’s Peak provided by Ann Hagmann

Of one thing I am certain: God is much more present in our lives than we realize or are aware. As a hospice chaplain, I have had the opportunity to experience firsthand hundreds of synchronicities in people’s lives. I deeply believe these “amazing coincidences,” or as I like to call them, “kisses from God,” are signs of God’s presence with us. They tend to come at difficult times in life as assurances that we are not alone; God is with us and knows what’s going on.

I equally believe that “the earth is full of the Lord” (Job 12:7-9; Psalm 19:1-6; Psalm 33:5; Psalm 136:1-9). God can, does, and will speak to us in nature, if we have spiritual eyes to see and ears to hear. Jesus spoke all the time in everyday parables about nature. Why shouldn’t God speak to us in the earth that surrounds us?

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September 21, 2015

For Such a Time as This

By Timothy James Johnson
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015. Click to purchase this full week of devotions (“For Such a Time as This”) as an e-book.

Read Esther 7:1-6, 9-10

A close friend is retiring from a prestigious university. However, before she retires, she believes God has called her to address rampant social injustices in the institution, and she feels divinely appointed to expose these unjust circumstances. … read

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