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Fresh Start Devotionals

June 14

My Parents

When I was ten, my parents could do no wrong, but by the time I was thirteen, they could do no right. Both perspectives were clouded and inaccurate. Like a pendulum swinging, the teenage perspective corrected the naive childish view. Today I’m able to evaluate my upbringing with greater clarity.

My parents? They were the greatest. Really, I grew up in a Norman Rockwell painting—I was lucky. Yeah, a couple of times they punished me unjustly, but that seems pretty insignificant now when weighed against the number of times I didn’t get punished because I didn’t get caught.

The thing I admire most about my parents is the way they taught their values to their children. I can’t remember too many times that we studied the Bible together or had a structured time of teaching, but they taught us with their actions.

When they attended our recitals or ball games, they taught us that we were important to them. When they did their jobs with excellence, and required the same of us,…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions ; ROOM AT THE CROSS FOR YOU

June 14

Words and Music by Ira R. Stanphill, 1914–1994

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Out of the varied experiences of a fruitful life have come the many moving hymns of Ira F. Stanphill. As a child he traveled by covered wagon from Arkansas to New Mexico, then later moved to Oklahoma and Kansas. Converted at age 12, Stanphill began preaching at 22 in revival meetings and later served pastorates in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas. At 17 he wrote his first gospel song and traveled for several years with evangelists, playing the piano, organ, ukulele and accordion.
Mr. Stanphill began to write his own gospel hymns, and he employed the unusual practice of creating a text from titles suggested from the congregation during a service. He would explain:
  “The basic reason I have written songs is that I love God and Christ has loved me. Most of my songs are the outgrowth of real experie…