Devotions with Denise
Waiting is an all too familiar place for us. It feels like such an enormous waste of time most often. Every day, it seems, we are required to wait for something or someone.
The Apostle Paul told us to "take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." We know that it is easier said than done.
Years ago I heard a story about limburger cheese that I've never forgotten. I've never tried this kind of cheese but the way I've heard it described it smells like really dirty socks.
"You can't have a rainbow without a little rain." You've probably seen that saying before. Can you imagine what it must have been like to look up in the sky and see the very first rainbow?
There is a lyric in the song by artist Seph Schlueter called "Counting My Blessings" that says, "the more that I look in the details, the more of Your goodness I find.
Have you heard the modern-day parable about the man who prayed to be rescued from the rising flood waters in his town? He earnestly asked God to save him. Soon after, a neighbor showed up in a canoe...
Not long ago I watched a sweet little girl dance around holding a sticker that someone had given her. I'm not sure if her joyful jig came from the fact that it was a doggy sticker or just that someone had given it to her.
Have you ever fallen asleep on God? It's a complete accident. We set out with the best intentions to designate a certain amount of time to reading His Word and spending time in prayer. And before we know it...
Misplaced trust. When it happens to us we are offended. When we are the offender, it is very likely that we will need to make extra efforts to show that we can be trusted. Learning to trust...
Marshawn Evans Daniels said, "God is calling you out of the familiar and into the spectacular. I am praying that heaven continues to lead you, grow you, and equip you with courage as you learn to live outside the boat."
A few years ago, I learned about an ancient Japanese art called Kintsugi. You may have actually seen it and not realized its story. As I understand it, there was a Japanese military commander who...
The last of the decorations had been put away for another year. As I was storing the last of the decorations I was remembering a Christmas past, when my granddaughter was two, opening her presents.
Have you ever noticed how much of life happens when you’re 'on the way' somewhere? I’m not just talking about our daily destinations but our long-range goal destinations as well.
Have you ever thought about how you hear the music on your radio or smart device? Most of us never give it a thought unless there's interference, or worse, no sound at all.
I love giving credit to great servers! The best experiences I've ever had at eateries are almost always connected to having a fantastic person taking care of me while I am dining in their establishment.
My mom and I were talking recently about someone we had seen listed in the obituaries. She shared a memory that she had of this man from more than 40 years ago. He was an answer to her prayer.
I love God's promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Most likely you've heard it quoted when the topic of conversation is about how bad things have gotten.
I bought my husband, Ken, a gift for his birthday and I wanted him to have it before his birthday. But he sat it on the counter, along with all the other cards that came in the mail before his big day...
We check our email, our voicemail, direct messages....and then we scroll. We scroll through what social media calls our 'news feed'.
Nesting is one of my favorite things to do! When my husband, Ken, and I moved into our first home I began to make that house feel like home.
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be an ambassador in a foreign country? We would represent our country in a land that is not our homeland.
"There are two moments in life. Those you miss and those you seize." That wisdom came from an unlikely source...a Hallmark movie!
I had dinner with a friend the other night that I haven't seen in over 20 years. It was so good to catch up on our families and on life.
My grandfather died when I was about six years old. I only have a couple memories of him and this one made a very deep impression on me.
One of my favorite Christian music artists from the 90's was a group called FFH. Lead singer Jeromy Deibler is now helping people as a Life Coach and writes...
When the wind blows, we cannot see the wind; however, we can see its effects. We hear the wind 'whistle' through the trees or 'howl' around buildings and bridges.
If you watch the news, read the headlines, listen to conversations in the supermarket and the gas pumps, you will see and hear that our world is in pretty rough shape.
I've been hanging around the book of Deuteronomy lately and this verse rose to the top in my reading today. It is Deuteronomy 6:18-19 (CSB), "Do what is right and good...