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Kimberly Knowle-Zeller


Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, spouse of an ELCA pastor and co-author of The Beauty of Motherhood: Grace-Filled Devotions for the Early Years. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, Mo. Her website is

Many gifts to celebrate - February 7, 2024

Focal verse “We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the encourager, in encouragement; the giver, in sincerity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness” (Romans 12:6-8).  Reflection I enter the elementary gym to the sound of kids’ […]

Grounded in God’s faithfulness - January 3, 2024

Focal verse “’I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). Reflection When the new year rolls in, I’m all for making plans and dreaming dreams. Goal-making or coming up with a word of the year brings me joy. […]

Unexpected gifts - December 6, 2023

Focal verse “To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:11-12). Reflection We found the cat in our garage one morning. […]

Saying goodbye - November 8, 2023

Focal verse “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore” (Psalm 121:8). Reflection I remember that, as an elementary school student about to embark on a cross-country move, I waited for the school bus at the top of our driveway and debated whether I could pull […]

Being neighbors - October 4, 2023

Focal verse “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20). Reflection Last Halloween our family joined friends to go trick-or-treating. In our small town we dressed in costumes, loaded onto a hay-lined trailer bed and rode down the streets. At every stop the kids jumped off and […]

An inviting faith - September 6, 2023

Focal verse “He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). Reflection At our elementary school open house, students and parents were greeted with signs and decorations throughout the building. […]

Cultivating wonder - August 9, 2023

Focal verse “Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever” (Psalm 111:2-3). Reflection By the time August arrives, our garden is usually full—of both veggies and weeds. The cucumber vines wind around our trellis, large fruits […]

Summer faith - July 5, 2023

Focal verse Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise (Deuteronomy 6:6-7). Reflection Our family loves to spend days at the library gathering books […]

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