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Prayer

Lord, we thank You for allowing us to see another day; we don't know what this day behold us, or if You will send the "Death Angel" to pluck us from this world, however, no matter what You will do, we thank You for this moment of blessings, and blessings for what You have done in the past. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Fresh Start Devotionals

Disappointment “But Peninnah made fun of Hannah because the Lord had closed her womb. [7] Year after year it was the same Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Hannah would finally be reduced to tears and would not even eat.” (1 Samuel 1:6–7 NLT) Hannah’s life wasn’t easy. She shared the affections of her husband with another woman, who teased her unmercifully because Hannah couldn’t have children. In a day when the worth of a woman was measured by the number of sons she bore to her husband, Hannah felt worthless. To make it worse, her husband’s other wife was prolific. Peninnah teased and taunted Hannah until Hannah couldn’t eat or function. Hannah was an emotional “basket case.” I don’t think she was upset because what she had wasn’t good enough. She was grieved because she didn’t feel like she was fulfilling her destiny and living up to her potential. Perhaps you weren’t homecoming queen or didn’t graduate at the top of your class. Maybe you didn’t have a …

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

January 16 GOD MOVES IN A MYSTERIOUS WAY William Cowper, 1731–1800 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments … (Romans 11:33) Good when He gives, supremely good, nor less when He denies. Even crosses from His sovereign hand are blessings in disguise. —Unknown The hymn “God Moves in a Mysterious Way” has been acclaimed as one of the finest songs ever written on the theme of God’s providence. This label is made all the more amazing by the fact that the hymn text was written by an English poet who lived a lifetime of mental distress. William Cowper’s emotional upsets included an 18-month stay in an insane asylum and later several attempted suicides. During his time in the asylum, Cowper began reading the Bible. At the age of 33 he had a genuine conversion experience. Yet he was periodically haunted by deep depressions, voices, and visions, and the overwhelming thought that God had forsaken him and would doom him to hell. But be…