30 Day Devotional


During the Detours

January 09, 2019
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11, NIV Alice was on her annual father-daughter vacation when she was twelve years old. On on...

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When the Pain Won't End…

January 09, 2019
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV Leroy woke one morning feeling nauseated and sweaty. He moved to get up but pain ripped through his stomach. He fell onto the carpet, ca...

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The Peacemaker

January 09, 2019
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” – Romans 12:18, NIV Wendy lived in dread of every holiday event. Although she loved her family, there were a few relatives who were troublemakers. One brother carried anger toward...

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Don't Give Up

January 09, 2019
“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” – Romans 6:6-7, NIV Risa spent years watchin...

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A Good Work

January 09, 2019
“…Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6, NIV Sarah spent years trying to make the “right” choices. She went to the “right”...

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Family Connection

January 09, 2019
“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” – Psalm 127:3, NIV Susan’s oldest daughter was starting high school in the fall and her younger children would be moving into middle school. Susan knew that time to connect with and ...

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The Bond of Siblings

January 09, 2019
But Moses said to the Lord, “Since I speak with faltering lips, why would Pharaoh listen to me?” – Exodus 6:30, NIV The Egyptians had enslaved the nation of Israel for centuries. When God was ready to set his people free and lead them to the Promised Land, ...

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The Family of Christ

January 09, 2019
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” – John 14:18, NIV Tara was twenty-five when she adopted a Chinese baby that she named Lily. When she brought Lily to see her grandparents, she was worried they would reject the tiny girl since she wasn&r...

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Answered Prayers

January 09, 2019
“Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” – Daniel 10:12, NIV Zach was upset when he was in Sunday school ...

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Superheroes & the Savior

January 09, 2019
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16, NIV When Richard was on a road trip with his young grandchildren, he wanted to share the story of Jesus with th...

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When Family Traditions Hurt

January 09, 2019
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.” – Romans 8:16, NIV Kathy was an illegitimate child. She was the product of an affair that her mother had with a married man. Because Kathy was born in the early 40s to an unwed mother...

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Family Rules

January 09, 2019
“You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” – Psalm 119:68, NIV Michael went to live with his grandmother when he was around four years old. She gave him one simple rule: “Don’t run through my rose garden.” Being young,...

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Expectations

January 09, 2019
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4, NIV Jane asked her husband, Aaron for help losing weight after the birth of their third son. So each morning, Aaron would wake Jane up and they&rsqu...

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Legacy of Hope

January 09, 2019
“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” – Psalm 145:4, NIV When David was young, his mother committed suicide. She’d had untreated anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder following her time as a soldier overse...

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Faith, Hope, and Love

January 09, 2019
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV When it came time for Rodney and Trudy’s wedding anniversary, they decided to skip the fancy dinner out and the expensive gifts. What the...

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Mourning the Loss of a Parent

January 09, 2019
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7, NIV When Dan’s father was diagnosed with an advanced stage of colon cancer, he booked a flight with a local airline company. He rushed to his dying father...

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Letting Go of Guilt

January 09, 2019
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” – Luke 15:20, NIV Mary was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the late summer. A few weeks late...

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A Caring Community

January 09, 2019
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Luke 6:38, NIV Wayne always loved to do Christmas big. He’d ...

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When You've Sinned…

January 09, 2019
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9, NIV Paul was unfaithful to his wife. He cheated on her with a woman at work and decided to move in her. He asked his wife fo...

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The Joy of the Lord

January 09, 2019
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10, NIV Sheila wanted to explain the concept of...

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Scrapbook of Love

January 09, 2019
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” – John 15:9, NIV Paul had been a teacher at a local elementary school for almost four decades. As he neared retirement, his adult children wanted a way to celebrate Paul’s dedica...

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Into the Deep End

January 09, 2019
“Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.” – Psalm 40:5, NIV Katie watched the little girl at the end of the pool. ...

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When No One Understands

January 09, 2019
But when the Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Leave Galilee and go to Judea, so that your disciples there may see the works you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, s...

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Two Nations

January 09, 2019
The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” – Genesis 25:23, NIV Jacob and Esau were brothers in the Old Testament...

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New Branches

January 09, 2019
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10, NIV Nancy came from an alcoholic home. She described her parents as “good people…when they weren’t drinking&...

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The Monument

January 09, 2019
“This heap is a witness, and this pillar is a witness, that I will not go past this heap to your side to harm you and that you will not go past this heap and pillar to my side to harm me.” – Genesis 31:52, NIV Jacob had worked with his uncle Laban for years...

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Avoiding Footholds

January 09, 2019
“Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” – Ephesians 4:26-27, NIV Shane and Patty had a rule in their house that no one went to bed angry. They encouraged their children to work out their differences and ...

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The Wall of Love

January 09, 2019
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32, NIV “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:3...

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Your Heavenly Father Loves You

January 04, 2019
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” – Psalm 68:5, NIV Samuel, an Old Testament prophet, was called to anoint the next king of Israel. God had told him that the next king would be one of Jesse’s sons. So Samu...

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