Devotions Archive

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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).

Friend to Friend

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).

Friend to Friend

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).

 Friend to Friend

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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Gwen Smith

Reaching and Teaching

Today’s Truth

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind… (Titus 2:3-5, NIV).

Friend to Friend

One day after I had led worship at church, another worship leader approached me. She is a hip, just-turned-30, Jesus-loving-chick. To my surprise, she asked if I would consider becoming her mentor.

What? I thought at first… I’m

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Mary Southerland

The Cost of Friendship

Today’s Truth

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12, NIV).

Friend to Friend

The emotional demands on women are immense. One of the ways God replenishes us emotionally is through friendships. Many women are convinced that the risk of having close friends outweighs the rewards. I disagree.

There is no love without risk. Every friendship must contain the element of risk if it is to grow and mature, reaching its full potential. Ruth was willing to risk her very future for the sake of her friendship with …

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Sharon Jaynes

The King and His Maiden

Today’s Truth

[Jesus] who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness (Philippians 2:6-7 NIV).

 The King and His Maiden

Today, I want to share a parable with you by Soren Kierkegaard titled, “The King and His Maiden.” I think it will bless your heart.

Suppose there was a king who loved a humble maiden. The king was like no other king. Every statesman trembled before his power. No one dared breathe a word against him, for …

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Mary Southerland

Somebody Stop Me!

Today’s Truth

Faithful are the wounds of a friend (Proverbs 27:6).

Friend to Friend

A certain expert guide lived in the deserts of Arabia. He was known for his tracking skills. He never lost his way. The secret of his success could be found in the fact that he carried with him a homing pigeon that had a very fine cord attached to one of its legs. When he had doubts as to which path to take, he threw the bird into the air. The pigeon quickly strained at the cord to fly in the direction of home, leading the …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Lure of Lesser Lovers

Today’s Truth

 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me (Revelation 3:20 NIV).

 Friend to Friend

Have you ever wondered why God continues to woo and romance us (even though most of the time we don’t even recognize it)? I think it’s because our minds forget. Spiritual amnesia runs rampant as we wander off to the wooing of other lovers.

“Step right up!” the barkers of the world’s Big Tent call. “Come and see the …

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Gwen Smith

More Fruit and Deeper Roots

Today’s Truth

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful (John 15:2, NIV).

Friend To Friend

Our room had a small balcony that overlooked the swimming pool. Early one lazy vacation morning, I grabbed my journal, Bible, and a fresh cup of coffee then headed to the balcony for some quiet time.

As I settled in, movement by the pool caught my eye. I watched as a maintenance man approached a palm tree and briskly pulled a brown, life-less branch …

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Mary Southerland

Just Call Me Pauline

Today’s Truth

I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand (Psalm 40:1-2, NIV).

Friend to Friend

I hate depression. It is an all-too-familiar foe in my life. I know. I am a grounded Christian and have walked with God for many years. I am a pastor’s wife … a Christian author and speaker. According to many people, I shouldn’t struggle with depression, but I do. It …

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