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Fresh Start Devotionals

Hector I can’t talk about it without getting misty-eyed; even though a decade has passed since it happened, I still get choked up every time I talk about it. It was the first day I ever gave something to missions that really cost me. “Hector” (not his real name) was my pastor. No, I didn’t attend his church, I was a pastor myself, but even pastors need pastors and I was lucky to have Hector. His church was about 90 miles from mine, but we talked on the phone a lot and we rode together to Executive Board meetings in Fresno. Hector has a great sense of humor, I still chuckle when I think of some of the things he’s said over the years. He was a coin collector and I was a baseball card collector, so almost every trip we made together we’d find some out of the way collector’s shop and browse through the merchandise. We always had a great time together and he was always there for me if I needed someone to talk to. Always, that is, until he answered a call to become a missionary to a par…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

March 30 NOW THE DAY IS OVER Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834–1924 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8) Upon God’s care I lay me down, as a child upon its mother’s breast; No silken couch, nor softest bed could ever give me such deep rest. —Unknown Trusting God throughout the day allows us to rest peacefully at night. Fear and anxiety are the chief causes of the tension that leads to disturbed rest. And sound rest is an absolute necessity for the renewing of our bodies, minds, and emotions. Only a peaceful relationship with God and with others allows us this total renewal at the close of each day. We must learn to relax and release our cares and burdens to the Lord and then claim His promised rest. ’Tis sweet to keep my hand in His, while all is dim— To close my weary, aching eyes, and trust in Him! —Unknown Whenever there are those occasional times when sleep eludes us, it is important to center our thoughts on God, the …