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Fresh Start Devotionals


Every other day, it seems, we pick up a newspaper and read about another professional athlete that does something that makes us cringe. Occasionally, however, they do something that makes us proud to be a sports fan.

Take Chris Spielman, for instance.

During the late Spring of 1998, Chris Spielman, linebacker for Buffalo Bills walked up to the microphone at a press conference and announced his retirement. Spielman lived and breathed football and had done so since his childhood. Why would he retire in his prime?


His wife Stefanie was diagnosed with cancer. To live, she was facing surgery and six months of chemotherapy. Spielman knew his place was with his wife and with his children. He made a decision about what is more important to him, and his family topped the list.

Spielman isn’t alone.

After many years of struggling to succeed, Curt Warner finally reached celebrity status with his remarkable 1999 season with the World Champion St. Louis Rams. When he got th…

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 20

Mary D. James, 1810–1883
  For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:5)
  Once my hands were always trying,
  Trying hard to do my best;
  Now my heart is sweetly trusting,
  And my soul is all at rest.
—A. B. Simpson
Evangelist D. L. Moody once observed that there are three kinds of faith a Christian can have: a struggling faith, a clinging faith, or a resting faith. A resting faith is not some mystical feeling that we might experience at times in a church service or during a spiritually high moment. It is simply the daily repose of a life that has learned to relax and be comfortable in God’s providential care. Such an attitude is the result of ceasing to live for self and starting to live solely for God’s glory.
Medical people have long realized the relationship that exists between a happy, calm spirit and a healthy body. Doctors have often stated that…