Unlocked Archives: personal story

  • March 1, 2024

    READ: PSALMS 136:1-26; 139:7-12; 1 JOHN 4:7-21 I was driving my usual route in town when I noticed something out of the ordinary—a mystic cloud of steam puffed from the streets’ vents alongside my car. It looked majestic, floating there in the broad daylight of the winter day. I kept driving and noticed the street [...]

  • February 27, 2024

    READ: GENESIS 12:1-4; 21:1-5 One thing I’ve always had to keep practicing is patience. I’m more patient now than when I was younger, but having to wait for things still irritates me more than I would like. And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had to wait longer for the things that are important to me. [...]

  • February 23, 2024

    READ: ISAIAH 41:8-14; PHILIPPIANS 4:4-20 I gulped. A flat tire? What now? I’d recently joined a ministry to share the good news of Jesus with others. To take on this role, I needed to raise money for expenses. I talked with lots of people in my hometown about supporting me financially, hoping they would partner [...]

  • February 21, 2024

    READ: PSALMS 16:7-11; 139:1-12; ISAIAH 41:10; 1 JOHN 1:5 I lay to rest, where do my thoughts go?To dangers, to darkness, to fearsThough there’s no light around meI can see the light of my great GodMy heart pushes me to find my GodTo seek Him with prayers as I try to sleepI set my eyes [...]

  • February 15, 2024

    READ: ROMANS 8:18-39; REVELATION 21:1-7 Some days, I end up not eating breakfast. I’m not saying this is something everyone should do, but sometimes it’s what happens to me. I may not eat anything till noon. All morning, my stomach groans and grumbles, communicating its annoyance. And when I finally do eat, I find a [...]

  • February 9, 2024

    READ: JOHN 3:16-18; COLOSSIANS 4:3-6; 1 PETER 3:15-16 My niece got me thinking recently. She wrote me a letter asking what I would tell her about Jesus if she didn’t know about Him. She said she wanted to know so that she would know what to share with others. I was surprised when I didn’t [...]

  • February 4, 2024

    READ: GENESIS 1 Lord, how I long to turn your creation into art.How I long to paint the light,Where there once was darkHow I long to sing of the waters,Where there once was nothingHow I long to write of the flowers,Where once no land was foundHow I long to sketch the stars,Where once the sky [...]

  • January 31, 2024

    READ: ECCLESIASTES 4:9-12; ROMANS 12:15; HEBREWS 10:23-25 When my closest cousin, Jeanna, was barely a young woman, she lost her fight with cancer. I mourned her death with daily tears longer than I expected to. Then I learned of a way to honor Jeanna and others who were battling a cancer diagnosis. I signed up [...]

  • January 28, 2024

    READ: EPHESIANS 1:7-9; 2:1-10; 3:14-21 When I was young, I didn’t realize the extent of God’s grace. As a child, I prayed over and over asking God to forgive me for my sins. I thought maybe it took a special kind of prayer to be saved from sin and death, and I wanted to make [...]

  • January 26, 2024

    READ: ECCLESIASTES 4:9-12; JOHN 15:9-17 I used to own a rock tumbler, a machine that takes ordinary rocks and transforms them into polished, gemlike stones. The process would last for days, and the tumbler was so loud I had to keep it in the garage! After I put rocks and grit into the barrel with [...]