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Gwen Smith

When Your Hurt is Heavy

Today’s Truth
Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live. (Mark 5:22-23, NIV)

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I had a painful phone conversation with a girlfriend recently. She was heavy with hurt. Spiritually paralyzed by circumstances. Her faith has been greatly challenged and weakened.

It broke my heart.

I wanted to reach through the phone line and hug her. I wanted to lift her burdens and …

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Mary Southerland

A Re-Trained Brain

Today’s Truth

God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7, NCV).

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We all battle fear. Fear constantly tries to elbow faith aside, hoping to derail God’s plan and purpose in our lives. Fear keeps many of us from dreaming God-sized dreams, persuading us to settle for safety and comfort instead of riding the waves of possibilities. When faith yanks our hideous fears out of the darkness and into the light, we can see them for what they really are – powerless.…

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Sharon Jaynes

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Today’s Truth
What a person desires is unfailing love (Proverbs 19:22 NIV).

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Brenda’s mother was a bitter woman. Nothing was ever good enough for her. In her eyes, her yard was never groomed well enough, her home was never clean enough, her décor was never refined enough, her husband was never affectionate enough, her jewelry never big enough, her friends never giving enough, her pastor never attentive enough, her heat never warm enough, her bank account never large enough and so on, and so on.

All her life, Brenda had been reminded that she wasn’t a good …

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Mary Southerland

God Knows Me

Today’s Truth

O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! (Psalm 139:1-6, NLT).

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To think that I can …

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Sharon Jaynes

They’re Playing Our Song

Today’s Truth

He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV, 1984 ed.).

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I was riding on a chairlift at Keystone ski resort in Colorado. “Single,” I had called out while standing in line—the proper etiquette for those skiing alone. No one took me up on the offer to share the chair…and I breathed a sigh of relief. I was alone. I was glad.

As the gears churned and the cables strained to pull my metal chair up the mountain, I sensed …

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Gwen Smith

The Little Black Dress of Faith

Today’s Truth

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is… more precious than jewels (Proverbs 3:13-14).

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Years ago I thought that if I owned some diamond stud earrings all the stars in the universe would dance in one accord and that my life would simply dazzle with amazingness. That year for Christmas, my husband, Brad, dutifully scraped dollars and cents together to sacrificially buy this momma a set of modest, but sparkly, studs.

But guess what?

The stars didn’t dance and my days were no more …

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Mary Southerland

Master Designer

Today’s Truth

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT).

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Our son was born to be a builder. From the time he could hold a plastic red hammer in his toddler-sized hands, Jered began hammering imaginary nails into the coffee table, fixing everything that was broken in our house. No wooden surface in our home was safe from Jered’s scrutiny or design.

Since my husband enjoyed woodworking, he decided to build Jered a …

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Sharon Jaynes

Romance: It’s What a Girl Wants

Today’s Truth

Show me your face, let me hear your voice; 
for your voice is sweet and your face is lovely (Song of Solomon 2:14 NIV).

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Steve and I were driving home from dinner when I posed a question about romance.

“Steve, I heard someone once say that a woman defines romance as the feeling of being continually pursued. What do you think about that?”

“I don’t think that is very realistic, or practical,” he replied. “A man can’t continually pursue a woman. Why should he? A man pursues a woman, but at some point, she has …

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Mary Southerland

Trust God … and Hold On!

Today’s Truth

Lord, you are my strength and my protection, my safe place in times of trouble (Jeremiah 16:19, NIV).

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I enjoy movies that have a happy ending. My family constantly teases me about my surreal perspective of movie entertainment, but honestly, life holds enough reality. Why would I want to pay good money to see even more reality made bigger and more frightening on a gigantic movie screen?

When the movie, “The Perfect Storm” was first released, the previews suggested it had a happy ending. I should have known better. But we love the water. Seriously, …

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Sharon Jaynes

When God Woos Your Heart

Today’s Truth

Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them” (John 6:44 NIV).

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The entire Bible from Genesis 3 to Revelation 22:21 is a record of God’s passionate pursuit of the human heart. Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, a string of kings, both good and bad, intermingled with prophets wooing and warning God’s people. We end the last chapter of the Old Testament with silence. And then 400 years later, God breaks the holy hush with the cry of a babe in a manger as …

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