The Pity Party

Beverly Tuitman

READ : 1 Peter 5:1-11   It had been a stressful week when nothing had gone right. Disappointed in myself and other people, I gave myself a “Pity Party.” There were no invited guests and it was no fun. One person came to the party, anyway. You see, when you take your eyes off Jesus and stop listening for His voice, Satan moves right in. He never waits for an invitation and he’s always available. What a party guest he …

Service With a Smile

Beverly Tuitman

READ : 1 Peter 4:1-11   “God loves me, Jesus loves me, and the Holy Spirit loves me. I’m going to do a real good job for them,” said the 19 year-old mentally handicapped student I was supervising that morning. He was scrubbing pots and pans in the kitchen of a local Christian college at the time. It really wasn’t necessary for me to be there that day, I thought. He was humming, singing, and smiling, doing a wonderful job …

God Whispers

Beverly Tuitman

READ : 1 Kings 19:9-18   It’s early morning on the lake. The sun begins to peek over the treetops burning off the morning mist and dancing on the water. Across the lake a fisherman calmly casts his line, a family of ducks swims lazily by, and in the distance, the happy chatter of birds can be heard. As I sit on the shore in the cool of the morning, I clasp both hands around my steaming mug of coffee …

Priorities

Beverly Tuitman

READ : 2 Corinthians 9:6-15   Years back when our children were small and finances were limited, Tom and I discussed the possibility of not being able to afford to rent the cottage on Kentucky Lake that we looked forward to each summer. We never said that we definitely could not go, but that’s how five-year-old Alan heard it. We had been trying to teach Alan good stewardship and responsibility. Every Sunday he received two quarters before church school for …

Be Choosy

Beverly Tuitman

READ : Joshua 24:14-21   They lay on the table side by side. One was the Bible, the other a popular women’s magazine promising me the secret to thinner thighs in just 30 minutes. I had only a little time before rushing off to work. Which one should I read? I wish I could say that I chose the Bible, but I didn’t. Upon opening the magazine, I discovered, to my dismay, that the very pages I wanted to read …