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Fresh Start Devotionals

That Special Feeling I hope I never start talking about them as “the good old days,” but lately I’ve thought a lot about the early days of our marriage. Seventy-seven of us lived in a small, 600 square-foot apartment—Susan, me and at least seventy-five roaches. Susan worked full-time at a Nursery taking care of plants and I served a church full-time and was a full-time student at a seminary 120 miles away from our home. We were busy. When I felt the walls closing in on us, I’d reach for the phone a call Jim & Nell Blake. “Nell, I need some pampering, can we come up and see you next week?” She never said no. Nell always kept a very nice home, but she never let it get in the way of making us feel comfortable. When we arrived, Nell greeted us at the door with a big hug and instructions to take our suitcases to “our room.” Usually, we’d sit at the table for a while and “catch up” on what was going on in each other’s lives. When Jim got home from work, we’d have a fine home cooked …

Prayer, Thought for Today

Almighty Jehovah, thank You for Grace and Mercy this day, this moment that I can praise and bless You. This moment Lord is dedicated to you and You only, for You alone is worthy of all praises. You created me to praise You, and that I will do to the day that You call me home to heaven. For You alone through Your Son Jesus picked me up from Satan's hand and placed me in Your loving and tender arms. Thank You again, again and again. I can't stop thanking You enough for what You did, is doing and will do if You do not call me home. Thanking You in Your precious and only begotten Son Jesus is my prayer of thanksgiving. - Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

February 11 THE WONDER OF IT ALL Words and Music by George Beverly Shea, 1909– What is man that You are mindful of him, the Son of Man that You care for Him? (Hebrews 2:6) What many Christians need today is a rebirth of wonder and awe. We know the gospel intellectually, but it seldom reaches our emotions and will. We take the incarnation, resurrection, ascension, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the eternal reign of Christ merely as theological concepts without letting them grip our inmost being. And the wonder that this great God knows, loves and cares for us doesn’t often thrill us as it should. We even become very blasé when we witness a life that has been dramatically transformed by the love of God. Our spiritual condition can be likened to those Christians at the church in Laodicea mentioned in Revelation 3:14–22: “neither cold nor hot”—just lukewarm. We need to recapture the wonder of it all. George Beverly Shea, one of the all-time favorite gospel singers, gives this account …