Upper Room Daily Devotional

About The Upper Room Daily Devotional

Our mission is to provide a model of practical Christianity, accessible in varied formats, to help people feel invited and welcomed into God’s presence to: listen to scripture as God’s personal message, linking their stories to God’s story; commune with God in prayer; see their daily choices and small acts of obedience as part of God’s work; realize our connection through Christ as a universal family of believers; and to encounter the living Christ and be transformed into Christ’s likeness.

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The Path Before Us by David L. Bullins (North Carolina, USA)
David Bullins is a retired fire chief and now teaches fire technology and emergency management at a community college. He enjoys the outdoors, is an avid runner, and loves to spend time with his wife, Jeanna, and teenage children Nate and Caroline. David and Jeanna suffered the loss of their first child, Corbin, due to a degenerative brain disease.

A section of the Carolina Thread Trail winds through rural Iredell County in North Carolina. As I walked the trail one spring morning, I listened for God and saw God’s creation. Birds sang, squirrels scurried up the trees, and deer dashed from my sight. The path bloomed with flowers of all…
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Session 1
RUNNING WITH GOD by Colleen Forshee (Pennsylvania, USA)
Colleen Forshee is a wife, mother, grandmother, and nurse. She has been married to her retired army husband for 30 years. During those 30 years, they have moved 15 times. Running the roads has always helped her learn about her new neighborhoods.

I am a runner, and over the past 40 years I have stepped out of my home and greeted the day with the step-by-step rhythm of my feet. Some folks have asked me if I run with headphones. I do not. I find that I am better able to have my daily conversations with God if I have no other sounds to…
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Session 2
A Blended Background by Tina M. Cho (Seoul, South Korea)
Tina Cho is the author of 23 books and is a former elementary school teacher. She and her husband live outside Seoul, South Korea, where she homeschools their two children. Tina likes to scrapbook, play piano, and attend Bible studies.

I’m an adopted Korean who grew up in the United States. My husband came to the U.S. as an international student from Korea and remained in the states to work. Because of our backgrounds, we have been able to reach out to other international families. A year ago, we moved from California to…
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Session 3

God Working in Me by Jennifer Brigandi (Ontario, Canada)

We have all experienced a time when something in life concerns us. When a problem arises, we may think,
Why can’t someone fix it?
Or when a charitable cause speaks deeply to us, we may think,
Why don’t people give more of their time and money?
Not long ago, my church started to lose many…
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Session 4

God’s “No” by Toni Wilbarger (Ohio, USA)

AFTER six months of unemployment, my husband, David, had an interview for his “dream” job. He was almost assured of getting it. Almost. Then he received a rejection letter. David was as dejected as I had ever seen him. How could this have happened? We had trusted God, and now all we could do was…

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Session 5
A Sound Mind by Amanda Graham (Maryland, U.S.A.)

DURING high school I took a difficult math course. Although I had help from my teacher and a tutor, every test was a struggle. No matter how well prepared I was, each time I sat down to take a test I lost my confidence. It was as if a voice in my head were saying, You’ll never be able to do…

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Session 6
Not Giving Up by Claudine Glasgow-Brooks (Tennessee, USA)
Claudine Glasgow-Brooks is a pastor. She enjoys arts and crafts and spending time with family.

Some months ago I joined my local church’s prayer shawl ministry and began knitting and crocheting with a group of women. In the early stages of my work with the group, my first few rows would go well, but then I would drop stitches and end up with an uneven piece. As frustrating as it was, I had…
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Prayer Workshop

He Came to Himself by Andrew Breeden, Associate/Acquisitions Editor for The Upper Room Daily Devotional.

Each day in my elementary school, students were given a laminated construction paper cutout of an apple if our behavior had been good, and a worm if it hadn’t. I can still picture them in a line across the classroom’s front wall — apple, apple, worm, apple. I don’t know that there was ever a row of apples without at least one worm among them. And the worm was what I homed in on. For me, one worm ruined all the apples. Read more

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