devotionals (277)

by PamFord Davis  
Why do we worry?

For me, it just comes naturally. My parents were worriers.

My mind goes back to final days before Mom’s death. She was recovering from lung cancer surgery and we were making important decisions.

Plans for Dad to enter assisted living were finalized. At the age of 87, his health was declining; he needed care that Mom could no longer provide. His social security payments would cover monthly payments to a nearby Veterans group home.

Mom’s small social security check w

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by PamFord Davis  

Many will remember a time when bankers didn’t always require proof of collateral.

The bankers and customers lived, worked and worshiped in the same small towns. Trusting the reputations of loan applicants they had faith in receiving promised payments. Deals were closed with confidence and a firm handshake.

Faith is a firm foundation.

“Now faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1 NASB).”

That Bible verse is a brief scripture passage but i

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By Jerry D. Ousley


            I remember a time when we had a gathering at my parent’s house.  It was several years ago, before my mother went to be with Jesus.  Nearly everyone left their shoes at the door and it was a huge pile of shoes.  The room was full of sock-footed kids and adults having a good time.


            But I didn’t take my shoes off.  It wasn’t because I didn’t want to; it was because I had enormously gigantic holes in my socks.  I was embarrassed for people to see me in

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 by PamFord Davis  


What’s your idea of the good life?

Maybe you have a page long bucket list; there are things you’d like to do and places you want to do.

Many think of the good life as living in luxury and rubbing elbows with the rich and famous.

They'd have household servants at their beckoned call.

We don’t have to be wealthy to experience the good life.

The good life is a blessed life.

“Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners

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by PamFord Davis  



Elijah prayed, “O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that you are God in Israel, and that I am your servant, and that I have done all these things at your word (1 Kings 18:36b ESV).”

Elijah’s faith and obedience inspires me.

At times I’m afraid or discouraged. 

God’s remedy might be rest and nourishment.

“Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, sa

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by PamFord Davis  

 (Something triggers a memory) and I’m taken back through time to the basement of our Mycenae home. We called it the cellar and it was the original Man cave.

I’m a young girl alone in a far corner of our damp and musty cellar. Cinder blocks go from floor to ceiling to make cellar walls. I’ve learned the hard way that getting too close to the jagged blocks can cut my fingers.

Standing on the concrete floor, I look up at my father’s workbench. It intrigues me. I wonder what all th

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Here's today's devotion, today's scripture 1 Peter 1:3-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejo

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by Dale Buchanan  



Green Bank, West Virginia, is called the "quietest town in America." A sign at the edge of town states, "You are entering the Radio Astronomy Instrument Zone:  Diesel Vehicles Only; No Portable Electronics except for Authorized Purposes; Do not install or leave Unattended any equipment that does not comply with ITU-R RA.769."

This 13,000 square mile area is home to the Green Bank Observatory. It has the largest steerable radio telescopes in the world to measure invisible e

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by Lorraine Taylor  


Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your understanding;

Proverbs 3:5 NKJ


Trust is defined as a known reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, and surety, of a person or thing. 

As Christians who believe in the divine empowering of a holy God, we are often encouraged to place unwavering trust in this spirit-being.

When we trust in the Lord for the unknowns in life, (family estrangement, suicide, chronic illness, hospice, mental illness, addictio

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by Jerry Ousley  


By Jerry D. Ousley


            In spite of what or who you may think of when you hear the word “father,” and in spite of the fact that a father is biologically required for the birth of a child, according to the Bible, a father is a God-ordained office in a family situation and in the life of a child.  Regardless of our modern acceptance of sinful practices (and no more comment is required for this article), the Biblical definition of a family is a father, a mother and the

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by PamFord Davis  

It was a simple book-keeping error.

We were getting married in Syracuse, NY and planning a move to Mississippi (where Norm had been hired to work at WDDT, Greenville). Norm forgot to balance his check book in all the excitement of the wedding ceremony and move preparations.

Maybe he could blame the memory lapse on sleep deprivation; he’d been working the midnight-6am shift at WNDR, Syracuse. If my memory serves me he also paid for his wedding tuxedo twice.

We got a letter f

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God is a god of preparation. He prepares for everything, because preparation is very important. Everything a person does in life without adequate preparation has a high likelihood of not being a success. It is in this way, god prepares you. He prepares you to do great work for the kingdom of heaven.


He prepares you, so you can be the best version of yourself and it does not matter how long it will take you. As long as God is the one preparing you, then you have nothing to worry about, because

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by PamFord Davis  


Remember soda fountain shops of the bobby socks era?

My old stomping ground of Chittenango, NY had two popular hangouts in the mid 1960's.

I frequented Jim's and Ken's, both located on Main Street in the village.

Cherry Coke sipped from a straw lifted my spirits while I listened to my favorite songs on the jukebox.

Root beer floats were another favorite at soda shops or home. Today's fast food drive-inns of Sonic and A & W keep the fad alive.

I reminisce about root beer

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By PamFord Davis  
6/07/2022 / Devotionals

Are you walking your way to physical fitness on a treadmill?

Maybe you’re pedaling off pounds on a stationary bike.

Exercise requires determination and diligence.

I want to be spiritually fit; don’t you?

I’ve remembered an acrostic once shared by Beverly Chesser (on her Beverly Exercise TV program).




Beverly stressed the important of frequency (consistency) in any exercise goal and routine. If it’s hit an

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Daily Devotional: His Friends

by PamFord Davis  



We all have basic needs.

Love is essential and we all need friends.

The LORD spoke of His friendship with Abraham.

“But you, Israel, are My servant,
Jacob whom I have chosen,
The descendants of Abraham My friend (Isaiah 41:8 NKJV).”

That is so meaningful to me; Abraham was God’s friend.

“And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God (James 2:23 NKJV).”

Consider G

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by Dale Buchanan  



I took our palomino mare to ride on the country roads near home and had a fantastic time. The sun was shining brightly, and leaves were floating down gently from the trees. Fall would soon be here in its full beauty.

But as a novice teenage horse rider. I had forgotten a couple of significant characteristics of my horse. She loved her own “territory” around the barn where the feed was. And she knew how to fool me. 

Sensing her opportunity, she suddenly clenched the bit in

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by PamFord Davis  



Sometimes people or things are in plain sight; we see but choose to ignore them.

As a child, adolescent and teen, I lived in a two-story house along with my parents and siblings. Mom and Dad slept in a downstairs bedroom and our rooms were upstairs. With a family of 5 children, laundry was a routine chore for our mother.

Mom had reason to complain. She washed, dried and folded our clean clothes. Finished, she stacked them on bottom steps of the stairway to be carried u

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