No Greater Reward

Nurture Me, Lord

Fill me
With the rich soil
Of Your Word.
Plant in me
Seeds of kindness,
Goodness and love.
Drench me
With Your living water
That I may grow
In Your image
And bloom
In Your heavenly garden.


Read John 17:20-23

For in him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:28

I love to watch couples ice skate in competitions. The best pairs skate in unison, as if they were one. They anticipate each other’s moves and rarely make a mistake. To reach this stage of excellence, they spend countless hours practicing. They also accept continual criticism and correction from their coaches. But their hard work pays off when they receive recognition from the judges and the crowd.

God wants us to walk in unison with Him. Just as He and the Father are one, He wants us to be one with Him. To become like Him also takes practice. Just as the skaters study each other’s moves, we must study God’s Word to learn how He moves and acts so we can become like Him. We must also be willing to accept criticism and correction from the Lord. But our reward for being one with Him is far greater than a skater’s medal or trophy—we will spend eternity with Him in heaven.

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by Frances Pasch

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Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener–two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women’s Christian writers’ group for the past 25 years. You can read some of her writing on her newly updated website: Also, check out her new Community Page, and follow her on Twitter @Frances Pasch.

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Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions ( and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.