The Perfect Valentine

As Valentine’s Day approaches and store shelves are covered with red hearts and quips of love, I can’t help but reflect on the lack of love displayed daily in our society today. We live in a world that is fostering attitudes of hostility and hatred. It seems that people have become more hostile and less … Continue reading The Perfect Valentine

New Year, New Perspective

With the new year, we often make a plan for a new start - a resolution for a new or better life. But no matter how hard we try, we often fall right back into old habits, and those New Year’s resolutions are tossed like worn out socks. Instead of resolutions, maybe we need a … Continue reading New Year, New Perspective

Christmas – Past, Present, and Future

Christmas is such an exciting time of year! It is a time of tradition for family and friends, a time of anticipation for children awaiting special gifts, and a time of singing both silly and inspirational songs reserved specifically for the Christmas season. It is a time of decorating, shopping, and gift giving. It is … Continue reading Christmas – Past, Present, and Future

November 2022 Top Ten

Just in case you missed them, here is a list of the most read Strength Renewed devotionals on during the month of November 2022.  Some of them may be old, but God can still use them to encourage you.  Just click on the title to read the posts. Light in the Dark (Nov 2022) Joy … Continue reading November 2022 Top Ten

Count Your Blessings

An old hymn comes to mind, with Thanksgiving drawing near, called "Count Your Blessings". It's such a simple song, but it has a powerful message of counting each blessing so that we can see all that God has done in our lives. It is so easy to take for granted the blessings that He gives … Continue reading Count Your Blessings

Light in the Dark

I took this photo one night after our electricity went out, and my husband lit this old, oil burning lamp and placed it on the mantle. As we sat in the semi dark room, my attention was drawn to the lamp that provided just enough light to break through the darkness so that we could … Continue reading Light in the Dark

Not in Vain

Let's be honest. There are days that just make us wonder if anything we are doing is making a difference. Whether it's at work, home, or even church, we just get weighed down by the day to day activities of life at times. You may find yourself wondering if you are making any kind of … Continue reading Not in Vain

Joy Comes

What makes you happy? Many of us think if we just made more money or could win the lottery, we would be happy. For some, our happiness is based on relationships such as marriage or friendships. For others, happiness revolves around sports. And of course, if we can’t find happiness in other things, we tend … Continue reading Joy Comes

Such a Time as This

Have you ever wondered about when and why things happen they way they do? Maybe in the big picture (God's picture), it is actually the perfect time and circumstances. Esther was told that she may have become queen just to save her people from a plan to have all Jews killed. She didn't just wind … Continue reading Such a Time as This

Let This be My Story

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you - Deuteronomy 31:6. What if I were able to live out this verse through every circumstance of my life? To be strong and courageous because no … Continue reading Let This be My Story