Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Deuteronomy 9:1 through 10:11

January 17, 2021

“Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the Lord thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord doth drive them out from before thee.” (Deuteronomy 9:4)

“Please? Please, Daddy? Can I help make the macaroni?” It was a familiar plea our little girl was making, but this day was different....

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 7:1 through 8:20

January 16, 2021

“All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers.” (Deuteronomy 8:1)

One afternoon, our eighth grade home economics class was divided into groups of four and instructed to follow a recipe. No problem, I thought — until we started. One of us wrote down the recipe, one gathered ingredients, etc. We all...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 5:1 through 6:25

January 15, 2021

“And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.” (Deuteronomy 5:1)

To “hear” means much more than to simply be aware of an auditory sound. How many times children hear their parents’ voices but simply ignore them, either because they are preoccupied or merely not interested in what is being...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 4:1- 49

January 14, 2021

“Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee. For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.” (Deuteronomy 4:23-24)

Have you ever thought the word jealous could have a positive connotation? Consider one of its meanings: “very watchful in guarding.”...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 3:1-29

January 13, 2021

“Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edrei. And the Lord said unto me, Fear him not: for I will deliver him, and all his people, and his land, into thy hand; and thou shalt do unto him as thou didst unto Sihon king of the Amorites, which dwelt at Heshbon.” (Deuteronomy 3:1-2)

Have...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 2:1-37

January 12, 2021

“Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.” (Deuteronomy 2:3)

My husband tells of a time when, as a young man on vacation with his family, he and his younger sister left their camping spot and began climbing the sand dunes nearby. He quickly became disoriented; after crossing the tops of a few dunes, he no longer could tell which way he had come. He felt very vulnerable in the vast wasteland. In...

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Daybreak: Deuteronomy 1:1- 46

January 11, 2021

“Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.” (Deuteronomy 1:8)

After living in the same community for over thirty years, my family moved to a different state. There were many new things for us to experience. We had a...

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Daybreak: Numbers 34:1 through 36:13

January 10, 2021

“This is the thing which the Lord doth command concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, Let them marry to whom they think best; only to the family of the tribe of their father shall they marry.” (Numbers 36:6)

Freedom . . . with boundaries. We are all familiar with it. We tell our elementary-age children, “You can fix whatever you want for lunch. Just be sure it’s not only cookies and cake.” We caution our...

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Daybreak: Numbers 33:1-56

January 9, 2021

And Moses wrote their goings out according to their journeys by the commandment of the Lord: and these are their journeys according to their goings out.” (Numbers 33:2)

Recently, my husband and I made a first-time trip to Boston. We were eager to visit the many historical sites in that city — Bunker Hill, the USS Constitution, the place where Paul Revere began his famous ride, the cemetery where Ben Franklin and John Hancock are buried — but of...

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Daybreak: Numbers 32:1- 42

January 8, 2021

“And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here? And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the Lord hath given them?” (Numbers 32:6-7)

Misunderstandings happen. A number of years ago, I heard via the grapevine that someone was upset with me for something I had said. At first,...

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