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    by Cecelia Lester

April 30, 2021

Grow in Grace

“. . . grow in the grace and knowledge of our

Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory

both now and forever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

Children of God should grow each day. Our new growth strengthens our beliefs. Even when we have times of questioning we come out stronger.

In 1996, my husband, our son and I helped move my dad and stepmother into a nice brick home from a mobile home. They had lived in the country for about 25 years. Both of them had developed major health issues and Dad wanted them to be located where…  ( Click for more )

April 23, 2021

Come, Rest

“Then, because so many people were coming and going

that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them,

‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’”

Mark 6:31 (NIV)

In my past, I remember I’d rush around getting things done. One December I decorated our living room foe Christmas in 45 minutes. That’s all the time I had that Saturday. Our son was in elementary school, he was in the church Christmas play-that practice was two hours long in the morning. The pastor’s…  ( Click for more )

April 16, 2021

In going through a computer crash and dealing with a technician whom I found short on my idea of customer service, learning a new computer system and word processing software, I felt a bit stressed. That was one week lately.

The next week started out almost like the first. I spent Monday morning trying to call a nearby institution. I had an item to drop off to them and needed to do it that day. No one was there. I finally called the contact person for the third time in two days. She told me I could drop off the item at her house.

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April 9, 2021

As God’s children, we are led by Him as we walk through each day. The Israelites followed Moses and later Joshua, under the Lord’s leading, into the land promised them by Father God.

“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light so they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left them.” Exodus 13:20-21 (NIV)

Isn’t it like God to plan for everything? In this passage, God provided a way…  ( Click for more )

April 2, 2021

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8 26 (NIV)

Last Saturday, I attended an informational breakfast hosted by a friend who works as a parent advocate for families with special needs children. Another friend spoke to us about dyslexia. This second lady and her husband tutor children who have this particular learning disability.

These two ladies are passionate about their work. My interest in…  ( Click for more )

March 26, 2021
“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my fingers where the nails were and put my hands into his side, I will not believe it.” “My Lord and my God!” John 20:25,28 (NIV) The above verses are Thomas’ reactions to hearing of and then seeing the……  ( Click for more )
March 19, 2021
In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, High and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1 (NIV) I always love the word picture Isaiah gives us of seeing the LORD in the temple. As we read further into this chapter, we……  ( Click for more )
March 12, 2021
In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, High and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Isaiah 6:1 (NIV) I always love the word picture Isaiah gives us of seeing the LORD in the temple. As we read further……  ( Click for more )
March 5, 2021
So, now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt. Exodus 3:10 (NIV) Moses was in a field in Midian, tending the……  ( Click for more )
                                         But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it among the reeds. Exodus……  ( Click for more )
February 19, 2021
      She gave the name to the LORD who spoke to her, “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, Ï have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 (NIV)   Abram had been promised by God to become the father of nations. However, he and Sarai had no children.……  ( Click for more )
February 12, 2021
    He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant not of the letter but of the Spirit: for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life.  2 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)   Paul tells the believers of Corinth that Jesus makes those who follow Him stronger than when the people followed……  ( Click for more )
February 5, 2021
    if my people, who are called by my name,  will humble themselves and pray  and seek my face  and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven,  and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2……  ( Click for more )
January 29, 2021
    Praise be to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that never perishes oil or fades -- kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's……  ( Click for more )
January 22, 2021
    I waited patiently for the LORD he turned to me and heard my/cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit. Out of the mud and mire, he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.……  ( Click for more )
January 15, 2021
    So, from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (NIV)   Paul tells the believers……  ( Click for more )
January 8, 2021
    Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail. they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)   What is Jeremiah telling us in this passage?   We……  ( Click for more )
January 1, 2021

We spend a lot of time waiting on something or someone. My husband waits for me to get ready to go somewhere. Sometimes that role is reversed.

I spend quite a bit of time waiting for a stop light to change to green or for oncoming traffic to clear out so I can make my turn.

Recently, we waited for the mail to bring us copies of photos taken by our son when he was camping. The mailer arrived wrapped in plastic. It had gotten damaged in transit, taking extra time to make it to our door.

Expectant parents wait for the blessed…  ( Click for more )

December 25, 2020

“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” Matthew 12:50 (NIV)

I have often wondered why friends of mine and I have to go through difficult times. Some have faced great loss of loved ones, extended periods of unemployment, lengthy illnesses, or prolonged times of depression.

A family recently lost a son/brother. This was the second loss of a child for the parents. They buried him on a Saturday and came to worship service the next day. Their presence was a testimony that spoke to each of the others present that…  ( Click for more )

December 18, 2020

God has been especially real to me to me this week. I can feel His presence; those arms of love surround me as we await word from our son.

Our son lives 600 miles away from our home. He’s on a week’s vacation from his job. At almost the last minute, he changed his plans and chose to go to Rocky Mountain National Park to tent camp. If you met him, you’d probably call him a loner—he went camping by himself.

When he called and told us of his finalized plans, I asked him to call us while he was gone. My reason for doing this was purely selfish—I…  ( Click for more )

December 11, 2020

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

Thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine

hand against the wrath of mine enemies,

and thy right hand you save me.

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me:

Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth forever:

forsake not the works of thine own hands.”

Psalm 138:7-8 (KJV)

I found this passage in the King James Version of the Bible. When I share this verse with others, I refer them to that version.

Several years ago, I heard words that saddened me. My nerves…  ( Click for more )

December 4, 2020

God Surprises Us with Joy

“for his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime;

weeping may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

Psalm 30:5 (NIV)

When we sin, God notices our transgression. He finds a way to show us where we fail Him. After we repent, our Father guides and protects us as we live for Him.,

While we work for, fellowship with, and follow our Lord, God grants us favor. He allows us to enjoy certain blessings, reserved for His children.

Hubby…  ( Click for more )

November 27, 2020
We give thanks to you, O God, We give thanks for your Name is near, Men tell of your wonderful deeds.……  ( Click for more )
November 20, 2020

God’s In Our World

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth. Then this is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence.” (1 John 3:19)

There are people who believe God created the world and stepped back from His work. I am not one of them.

For me, God has his hand on the shoulders of each believer who works for the Kingdom the laity as well as the clergy and the missionaries. We see marvelous signs of…  ( Click for more )

November 13, 2020

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness

to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty

days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came

and ministered unto him.” Matthew 4:1-2,11 (KJV)

{The following is a compilation of my journal entries from February 6,1997 through February 9,1997} (My devotional at the time was Disciplines for the Inner Life edited by Benson and Benson.)

(2/06) Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert. For forty days and nights he fasted…  ( Click for more )

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