The Growing Christians Devotional blog contains short, timely posts by Ron Reid and Catherine Reid.

Facing the Heat

I pulled on a sweatshirt last night for the first time in months.  I guess it’s goodbye summer… and I’m OK with that.  When we think of summer, most of us picture blissful weeks of warmth and perfection, the sweet smell of flowers and freshly cut lawns.  Somehow all those visions overlook one thing:  August – a.k.a. thirty […]

Test Your Vision

I never thought the day would come. My eyesight had always been better than 20/20. I was the one who could read the most distant road signs, assemble the smallest plastic models for my kids, or find Waldo in a sea of humanity. But then it happened…  Playing a family board game a few years […]

Free Solo For Jesus

A couple months ago I endured the utter anxiety of the movie, Free Solo.  Have you seen it?  The vertigo-inducing biopic follows Alex Honnold’s quest to scale El Capitan.  Climbing this 3,000+ foot wall of sheer granite would be a harrowing feat in itself, but Alex takes it to a whole new level:  he uses no safety ropes or […]

Real Puppies and Fake Christians

Is that a real dog, or is it a stuffed animal? Pictures of our new puppy leave most people wondering if we’re just conducting photo ops with a plush toy. You can hardly blame them.  Kodi’s appearance draws gasps of admiration everywhere she goes… from friends to complete strangers — even shouts from passing car […]

Lost Without a Cell Phone

A gentle rain had been falling for hours. I stepped outside and scurried to my car… hands full, fumbling for my keys, trying to keep my stuff dry. Then the unthinkable happened: my phone slipped from my grasp. I watched in horror as it plunged, end-over-end, and splashed unceremoniously into a murky pool on the […]

Why Choose Joy?

Perhaps you’ve seen this little meme on social media — posted by one of your overzealous snow-loving friends. You know the type. They welcome an incoming storm as if it were Santa toting a bag full of goodies. They get goose bumps at the latest Doppler images and celebrate predicted snowfall accumulations like kids on […]

What’s that up in the Sky?

Standing in line with a bunch of strangers in the middle of the night… it sounds like something only fanatical shoppers do on Black Friday. But deal-hunting was not on anyone’s agenda here. This crowd had gathered explore the unknown. A chance to take a peek into the depths of outer space. The moonless night […]

The Kid in the Cowboy Hat

Everyone just called him “Tex.” He was stuck with it. The poor guy relocated from a ranch outside El Paso to suburban Chicago… right smack in the middle of his senior year in high school. I’ll never forget the day Tex ambled through our classroom door. Western boots, Wrangler jeans, and a plaid button-up tucked […]

Trick-or-Treating at Willy Wonka’s

For some, Halloween is all about masks, wigs, and crazy costumes. But when I was a kid, there was only one thing that mattered: free candy. Every October, my brother and I would rummage around in the basement and piece together anything that would pass for a legit trick-or-treat disguise. It didn’t really matter what […]

What’s in the Box?

“You’re putting God in a box…” It’s a phrase I heard dozens of times when I was a kid, but never really understood. I always pictured an old shoe box… the kind us kids would use if we caught a grasshopper or caterpillar in the yard.  We’d punch some air holes in the top with […]