Perhaps suffering is what makes the sound of the bells so sweet. They are a reminder of joy to come, rounding the next curve.
- Daily Devotional, February 29, 2012 "Free Solo"2/28/2012 - A recent article in National Geographic Magazine published remarkable images of climbers as they scaled the sheer rock face of Yosemite’s 2,916- ft. (889 meters) El Capitan.
- Daily Devotional, February 28, 2012 "Working Hard"2/27/2012 - My dad is a hard-working man. He works 6 days a week. During his off-days, he’s always tinkering with something in the house—fixing the fan or cleaning something. Colleagues of mine who also know my dad have remarked that being industrious is a trait that runs in my family.
- Daily Devotional, February 27, 2012 "Disobedient Doubt"2/26/2012 - What do these famous men have in common: Sigmund Freud, Jean-Paul Sartre, Bertrand Russell, Karl Marx, Pablo Picasso, and Aldous Huxley? They all declared that they did not believe in God, and all were sexually promiscuous. Coincidence?
- Daily Devotional, February 24, 2012 "Two Temptations"2/23/2012 - For 25 years, Irmela Mensah-Schramm has walked the streets of Berlin, Germany, cleaning away the racist propaganda of neo-Nazi groups. Since 1986, Irmela has painted over graffiti and scratched away stickers (36,000 in the past 4 years).
- Daily Devotional, February 23, 2012 "One Lost Son"2/22/2012 - This story of the prodigal son is one of the most famous and familiar of Jesus’ parables. And the most personal. For it touches an area that is often the most painful—our children.
- Daily Devotional, February 22, 2012 "Believe In Miracles?"2/21/2012 - During the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, Al Michaels covered the hockey venue for ABC Sports. The network could have used other broadcasters, but Michaels got the nod because he was the only announcer on staff who had experience calling a hockey game. Michaels had called one game 8 years earlier.
- Daily Devotional, February 21, 2012 "Contempt"2/20/2012 - Here are some things people might say to excuse themselves from worshiping and serving God: “I’m tired.” “I feel unappreciated.” “I don’t want to do it.”
- Daily Devotional, February 20, 2012 "Perfect Parents"2/19/2012 - I don’t know what else I can do!” my exasperated friend sulked. “I set high standards for my kids and hold them accountable for their actions, and all they do is hate me. What did I do to deserve this?”
- Daily Devotional - Featuring Kari Jobe, February 17, 2012 "Find You On My Knees"2/16/2012 - Life is full of ups and downs; seasons of harvest and seasons where the fields stay empty. There are moments where we are surprised by joy, and moments where we are faced with impossible tragedy.
- Daily Devotional, February 16, 2012 "Unspoken"2/15/2012 - Sometimes life holds moments—and even needs— too deep for words. Not all silence comes from a desire to hide or pretend we’ve got life together.
- Daily Devotional, February 15, 2012 "Faithful Lament"2/14/2012 - Last year we watched with sorrow and concern as an earthquake, tsunami, and ensuing nuclear disaster rocked Japan. MSNBC captured a particularly heart-wrenching photograph of 4-year-old Manami Kon having the sad occasion to practice her recently learned ability to write.
- Daily Devotional, February 14, 2012 "One Lost Coin"2/13/2012 - Where’s that brown envelope I left on the kitchen table?” I asked my daughter. “On the dining room table,” she said. It wasn’t on that table, so I began a frantic search throughout the entire house— from the kitchen to the bedrooms—for the misplaced envelope. Even the trashcans weren’t spared from the scrutiny.
- Daily Devotional, February 13, 2012 "Pests We Tolerate"2/13/2012 - What kinds of pests would you tolerate in your home? A recent survey revealed some surprising results. Researchers found that people would pay for an exterminator when the following pests were found in their home: Twenty-four percent would pay an exterminator to kill spiders...
- Daily Devotional - Featuring Kari Jobe - February 10, 2012 "Here"2/9/2012 - “God, I’m broken. I feel lost and helpless. My heart God, my heart hurts and I don’t understand where you are or what you’re doing. Help Me.”
- Daily Devotional, February 9, 2012 "Today"2/8/2012 - The film Dead Poets Society introduced me to an old phrase from a Latin poem: carpe diem. It means “seize the day,” an urgent call to live life to the fullest, getting the most out of each and every day. Generally speaking, it’s good advice, especially for those of us who to tend to live passively and watch life pass us by.
- Daily Devotional, February 8, 2012 "Umbrella"2/7/2012 - Rhythm and blues artist Rihanna sang of the power of friendship to pull us through cloudy weather in her hit song Umbrella. “Now that it’s raining more than ever,” she sings, “Know that we’ll still have each other; You can stand under my umbrella.” An umbrella is a memorable metaphor for our need to help each other, but it also indicates how little we can actually do for our friends.
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