by Linda Cox

Let not those who hope in You be put to shame through me, O Lord God of Hosts; let not those who seek You be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel.

Psalm 69:6

The above verse from Psalm 69 reminds me of the pastor’s wife who taught the adult Sunday School class I attended. She often mentioned praying that nothing she said or did in the class would cause one of us to stumble in our walk with the Lord or fall away from our faith.

While I had given much thought about bringing people TO the Lord, I realized I hadn’t spent much time thinking about things in my life pushing them AWAY from Him. Her words were the “wake-up call” I needed. And now her prayer has become my prayer, not only in life but in my writing as well, whether it be a short story or simple devotion.

This is especially true for my devotions featured on Divine Detour. What a privilege and honor it is to be a part of this wonderful website. This devotion marks my one-year anniversary as a Divine Detour “regular contributor.” Wow!

Thank you, Kathy, for allowing me to do this, for your help and encouragement along the way, for choosing some amazing photos to enhance the words, and for being a mentor and friend beyond compare. I am truly blessed!

And I pray that as long as I keep writing, none of my words will in any way cause anyone to stumble in their faith journey with our Lord.

To You alone, O Lord, be all the glory.  Amen.

Linda Cox is a regular contributor to DivineDetour. She recently retired after twenty-five years as a district office secretary for the State of Illinois. Her first loves are studying the Bible and reading, but Linda occasionally tries her hand at writing. Her work is published in All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa (Thomas Nelson), The One-Year Life Verse Devotional (Tyndale), Life Lessons from Grandparents (Write Integrity) and the Love Is a Verb devotional (Bethany House). She and her husband live on a farm with their two indoor/outdoor farm mutts.


Linda and Kathy, friends since second grade, are pictured here a “few” years later.