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Fresh Start Devotionals

The Patter of Little Feet

Elizabeth had long since resigned herself to the fact that she would never hear the patter of little feet in the parsonage where she and her husband, Zechariah lived. Elizabeth was barren. Barren—the very word elicits thoughts of sand blowing across a desert wasteland.

Zechariah was in the sanctuary carrying out his priestly duties, when God interrupted him. Gabriel, the angel that stands in the very presence of God, left his coveted place to stand in the presence of God’s priest. Shocked by the angelic sight, Zechariah became frightened. Like many worshipers today, Zechariah wasn’t expecting to hear a word from the Lord while he was doing his religious duty.

Gabriel had some good news: Luke 1:13 NLT “But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.”

“Thy prayer has been heard”—what prayer! Zechariah hadn’t done any praying for a child in years. He’d fo…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

June 22

James Procter, dates unknown
  The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)
This song is the testimonial hymn of an avowed atheist who led others in a vain search for the true meaning of life before finding his answer in Jesus. James Proctor grew up in a Christian home and attended church and Sunday school regularly in Manchester, England. In his teens, however, he began to read extensively the writing of infidels and a group called The Free Thinkers. Gradually his faith in God began to be shaken. Eventually James renounced all interest in Christianity. He joined the Free Thinkers’ Society and soon became its president.
Some time later, James Procter became seriously ill and feared that he would not live. Finally in desperation, he called for a minister of the gospel, who came to Procter’s bedside and led him to a definite conversion. Soon after this, as Procter’s sister sat beside his bed, he asked her to locate in his dresser two verses he had written …