August 22 Stay

Image by Matt Gruber

Image by Matt Gruber

Job 4:1-7:21;  1 Corinthians 14:18-40;  Psalm 37:30-40;  Proverbs 21:27

“Blessed is the man whom God corrects;

so do not despise the discipline of

the Almighty.

For he wounds, but he also binds up;

he injures, but his hands also heal.”

Job 5:17-18


“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial,

for when he has stood the test he will receive

the crown of life, which God has promised to those

who love him.”

James 1:12


Stay where God

has placed me.

Stay in His good Grace.

Stay on through

the night,

till He brings

on the day.

Like the good Shepherd

that He is

He knows I’m prone

to stray,

to turn my head the other way

and ignore His

word to stay.

His oil of forgiveness

He applies

when bruised and sore

I, at last, return

from the distant gray.

Thank you Good Shepherd for commanding me to stay, to want to never leave you.  Thank you for your Word and the fellowship of other believers that correct my course when I wander away.  Thank you for your healing balm of forgiveness.  Praise your holy Name,  Amen.




August 20 True Love

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

Esther 8:1-10:3;  1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13;  Psalm 1-11;  Proverbs 21:23-24

“Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.   Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Lord God, you are love.  Thank you for being patient with us and kind.  Thank you for not lording over us the fact that you ARE Lord of Lord and King of Kings!  Thank you for your never-ending mercy, for forgetting our sins as soon as they are forgiven.  Thank you for your faithful protection, for never betraying our trust, for giving us hope, for never giving up on us.  That you for your forever presence in our life through faith.  Thank you for Jesus who walked the way of true love–all the way to the Cross.  In His name we pray, Amen.

August 19 Priceless!

Photo by Jesse Walter

Photo by Jesse Walter

Esther 4:1–7:10;  1 Corinthians 12:1-26;  Psalm 26:1-12;  Proverbs 21:21-22

“Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,

your justice like the great deep.

O Lord you preserve both man and beast.

How priceless is your unfailing love!

Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

Photo by Ben Anderson

Photo by Ben Anderson

They feast on the abundance of your house;

you give them drink from your river of delights.

For with you is the fountain of life;

in your light we see light.

Emmanuel Carizzo

Image by Emmanuel Carizzo

Continue your love to those who know you,

your righteousness to the upright in heart.”

Psalm 36:5-10

August 18 Given For You

Photo by Danny J

Photo by Danny J

Esther 1:1-3:15;  1 Corinthians 11:17-34;  Psalm 35:17-28;  Proverbs 21:19-20

“For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you:  The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This is the new covenant in my blood;  do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”  1 Corinthians 11:23-26





and Death

Strength for this life

as we wait for our

new life in Heaven.

Thank you Lord God, for the perpetual link to your Son as we eat and drink His body and blood at the Communion rail.  We join with all the saints in heaven and on earth in proclaiming “jesus died, Jesus rose, and Jesus is coming again!”  In His name we give you all our thanks and praise.  Amen

August 16 A Weekend Word

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

Just want to let everyone know that I will be on vacation for the next two weeks.  Thanks to WordPress I am able to post “scheduled” devotions while I’m away.  I look forward to catching up with you all in a few weeks.  Until then, God’s richest blessings to you as you walk day by day with Him!


“The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face to shine upon you

and be gracious to you;

the Lord life up his countenance upon you

and give you peace.”

Numbers 6:24-26


August 15 Always A Way

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

Nehemiah 9:22-10:39;  1 Corinthians :19-10:13;  Proverbs 21:13

“So if you think you are standing firm,

be careful that you don’t fall! 

No temptation has seized you except

what is common to man.

And God is faithful;

he will not let you be tempted

beyond what you can bear.

But when you are tempted,

he will also provide a way out

so that you can stand up under it.”

1 Corinthians 9:12-13

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

“I sought the Lord,

and he answered me;

he delivered me from all my fears.

Those who look to him are radiant;

their faces are never covered with shame.”

Psalm 34:1-10


Always a way

with God.



Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

Lord God, thank you for helping me stay on my feet, for shouldering the load when I grew weary, for the radiance of your Son’s face shining down on me, for taking away the shame of my guilt, for forgiving me.  Thank you for your hearing my prayers!  In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.



August 14 A Blessing To Bank On

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

Nehemiah 7:61-9:21;  1 Corinthians 9:1-18;  Psalm 33:12-22;  Proverbs 21:11-12

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,

the people he chose for his inheritance.

From heaven the Lords looks down and sees all mankind;

from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth–

he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.

No king is saved by the size of his army;

no warrior escapes by his great strength.

A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;

despite all its great strength it cannot save.

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord,

even as we put our hope in you.” 

Psalm 33:12-22


A bank may safeguard

my cash,

but it cannot guard

my life.

Banks fail,

money supplies dwindle,

but the Source of all the living

never runs dry.

Rejoice in the Lord

who makes something

out of nothing;

who feeds thousands

with but a crumb.

He is the same yesterday, today

and forever!

He knows my needs

for food, clothing, shelter

and my deeper needs

for forgiveness, love and mercy.

He never fails.

His mercies are new every morning.

Yes, even for today!

I can bank on that.

Lord God, thank you for your goodness and mercy that never end.  In you I can place all my trust and not be afraid of running out.  Your love endures forever!  May I share your goodness and mercy with those who need to hear a Good Word today.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.