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February Devotional, 2019



A young girl asked her Mom what kind of Valentine to get for her best friend.  The Mom asked her if she was looking for a funny card or a card expressing love in their friendship.  The little girl thought for a moment and then she said,  “Oh, I want the thoughts from1Corinthians 13 that we had in Sunday School yesterday.”


A tall order for a card!  The Mom thought that she would be better off going home and copying the chapter to send to her friend.  That would be a nice sentiment.


We read this chapter once in a while for a study or in our daily reading.  Now, take a moment and read it again.  Pray that it will take on a special meaning for whatever is going on in your day.


If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.  As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it well pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.  When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13, ESV


No matter what the age of the person, the Holy Spirit will speak to their heart and understanding.  LOVE is Jesus Christ.  This we know because Jesus is our perfect example of LOVE.  He sacrificed His all because He Loves  you and me.


Who is Lina Sandbell Berg?

Psalm 46:1 God is my refuge and strength, An ever present help in trouble. (NIV)

 Born on October 3, 1832, Carolina Sandbell Berg, a young Swedish woman, learned that when pain and tragedy strike, God may allow    trouble to help us grow. When she was 26 years old, she and her Father, a pastor, were traveling on a boat across a lake when the boat lurched and her Father fell overboard.  In hopeless horror she watched him drowned before anyone could rescue him.

When this incident happened Lina could have let it destroy her or give her greater faith in Christ through the tragedy.  She chose to grow in the Lord and give her new sensitivity in her music.

Her Mother died three years later.  When she married, her first child died.  These circumstances continued to build her faith.

During her lifetime, she wrote 650 hymns.  “Children of the Heavenly Father” is the one that is most familiar to English-speaking congregations.  Listen to the verse and imagine Lina thinking of her Father’s death as she writes, /”Neither life nor death shall ever/From the Lord His children sever/ Unto them His grace He showeth,/ And their sorrows all He knoweth.”*

Lord Jesus, help us today to decide to know you better. Amen

*some info. from sermonwriter.com/hymn-stories/children-heavenly-father

Carolyn M. Steele st.petrie  January 2019


Proverbs 3:5,6

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your paths.”    Proverbs 3:5,6      

As we celebrate the birth of our nation this month, may we lean on the everlasting arms of Almighty God in our personal lives as well as offer prayers for our country.  As the old hymn by Helen Lemmel says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus.  Look full in His wonderful face.  And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”  Look to the Lord for the future and not just for quick fixes.

What really does matter?  Bottom Line – It’s Jesus Christ –embracing Him as your Savior and sticking close to Him.

He promises to always be with us!

~Carolyn M. Steele  (reprinted  from July 2018)