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Fresh Start Devotionals

July 17


God’s Precious Gift

“Grandlady, you’re the bestest cook in the whole world, you’re even better than Mommy.” I assure you, this was not the brightest comment I’d ever made. Politely, my Grandmother thanked me for the compliment, as she gently scolded me for the comparison.

It got kinda quiet around the table, Mom looked down, Dad looked through me and I looked, well—pretty stupid. My grandmother was a good cook; she had a way of turning simple food into a feast. Her secret was the bacon grease she stored in an old coffee tin under the sink and used in many of her dishes. You have to remember that “health food” to a Southerner is a T-bone steak with fried potatoes and buttermilk biscuits.

I later apologized to Mom, after all, she is a terrific cook. My intent was not to put her down, I was just trying to give my Grandmother a compliment and I couldn’t think of a higher compliment than to say she is better than Mom (who everyone knows is the best cook.)

I’m glad I learned this les…

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 17




UNDER HIS WINGS
William O. Cushing, 1823–1902
  He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge. (Psalm 91:4)
Daily living is often filled with unexpected dangers. We never know what lies ahead as we begin each new day. How does a person cope with uncertainty and have the stability to live victoriously? For the Christian, daily security is having an unwavering confidence that God is in absolute control and personally involved in every detail of life. The only condition is that we must be willing to accept His help and remain close to Him wherever He leads. Jesus taught this truth to the people of His day; He longed to gather them to Himself even as a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings when there is an impending storm. The human tragedy then and still today is that people are generally unwilling to accept His gracious offer (Luke 13:34).
The author of this hymn text, William Cushing, wrote these words as an expression of Psalm 17:8—“Hide …