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Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 14

Hugh Stowell, 1799–1865
  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you … (Isaiah 43:2)
  God sometimes shuts the door and shuts us in,
  That He may speak, perchance through grief or pain;
  And softly, heart to heart, above the din
  May teach some precious truth to us again.
In Old Testament worship, the mercy seat was the cover of the Ark of the Covenant, which housed the Mosaic tables of stone, a pot of manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded. The mercy seat was a most sacred, holy place. It symbolized the place of God’s eternal presence with His people.
When the storms of life blow our way, we can either cringe in despair or flee to the heavenly Mercy Seat—the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).There we can find the help and strength to be overcomers. Trials can sometimes embitter and harden our spirits. However, if we use the trial to lean more fully on Christ and to learn the lesson He desires to teach us, we become …

Fresh Start Devotionals


When I pray for my children, I always pray for the spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. While I want them to have good jobs and do well financially, I’ve always been more concerned that they grow into men who fear and honor God. That has been my constant prayer for them—that they will have a vibrant relationship with the Lord.

OK, praying a prayer is easy—something every parent does for their children. As important as it is, it pales in comparison to the prayer that I’ve lived for my children. You see, I don’t think prayer is just talking to God, I think it is the way we live before Him too. In 1 Peter 2:12 the King James Version begins with, “Having your conversation honest …” The New American Standard Bible translates the same verse, “Keep your behavior excellent …” There was a time in the English language when conversation and behavior meant the same thing. In current usage it doesn’t because we understand it is possible to say one thing while not living consisten…