The Collection - Devotionals

Devotion

Choosing Joy

by Jess Schwartz

I ventured out on a run. As my feet methodically hit the pavement, my mind turned inward, and not on productive thoughts. To put it bluntly, I was worrying, fretting, and moping. I regret to admit that the argument could easily have been made that I was throwing myself a pity-party.


Devotion

The Garment of Praise

by Jasmin Howell

I watched the funds in our bank account dwindle with every passing day. Abrupt recent changes to our economy had negatively affected both my husband’s and my job. We didn’t have much income on the horizon, and I was waking up daily with a sense of fear and restlessness about the future.


Devotion

Running for the Prize

by Heather Cofer

I’ve been participating in a fitness challenge at a gym nearby. I thought it would be kind of a fun motivation to get in shape. It is a point system, and you can win points in all different ways, from general attendance to keeping a food journal.


Devotion

Gratitude Leads to Thanksgiving

by Jasmin Howell

This month, my husband and I had a huge car repair bill and a big renewal fee for my real estate license, both due in the same week, on top of our regular monthly expenses. We are both in commission-based sales jobs, which definitely has its perks.


Devotion

Stay Focused

by Heather Cofer

There is an interstate here in Colorado that I really dislike driving on. It is busy almost all the time, and is known for its bad accidents. One day as I was driving on a particularly busy stretch of this road, I noticed the car next to me was getting dangerously close.


Devotion

The Water of the Word

by Heather Cofer

One evening recently I went out onto our front porch to water the hanging plants. I had forgotten to do it the day before, but figured they were probably okay. When I caught my first glimpse of them, I was somewhat surprised to see them looking dangerously wilted and dry.


Devotion

Intentional Rest

by Heather Cofer

There is a section in John Bunyan’s book The Pilgrim’s Progress that I have been thinking on quite a bit lately.


Devotion

The Faith of a Four-Year-Old

by Leslie Ludy

Jesus said, “Unless you humble yourself and become like a little child, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matt. 18:3-4). How easy it is for us adults to over-complicate our faith!


Devotion

Harper's Dog - The Continuing Saga

by Leslie Ludy

We have had little Gracie for about three weeks now. I have to admit, this little mangy pooch is growing on me.


Devotion

Putting Emotions In Their Place

by Leslie Ludy

He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.


Devotion

Forsaking the "Wisdom" of Fear

by Leslie Ludy

Our culture has done a very good job of convincing us that being fearful is equivalent to being wise.  After all, if we simply take a few self-protective precautions, we can have a much more protected life.


Devotion

How Jesus Refueled

by Leslie Ludy

Every January, our family tries to get away somewhere together for a couple of weeks (preferably to a warm destination!) just to rest, refuel, and build fun memories together before we head full swing into the intensity of a new year.  Some of our most precious and memorable moments have happen