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Mary Southerland

Doing a 180

Today’s Truth

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord (Acts 3:19, NIV).

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Music has always been an important part of my life. I attended college on a music scholarship. The piano was my main instrument, but I also wanted to be a guitarist.

The musical challenge of playing the guitar was not my problem. It was my fingers.

A friend gave me guitar lessons, but after a few hours of practice, my fingertips were sore and raw to the point of …

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Sharon Jaynes

When You Feel Like a Bad Mom

Today’s Truth

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6 NASB).

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I wanted to climb into the mailbox where I had just dropped in my manuscript and get it out! But I wouldn’t fit.

My son was in middle school when I decided to write the book, Being a Great Mom, Raising Great Kids. (The words middle school should give you a heads up that this is not going to be good.) Steven had always been such an easy child to …

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Mary Southerland

Choose to Forgive

Today’s Truth

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you (Colossians 3:13, NIV).

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Do you remember the last words of Jesus as He hung on the cross? “It is finished!” The most literal translation would be “Paid in full.”

I will never forget paying off my very first car loan. After sending in my forty-eighth and final payment, I celebrated the fact that I finally owned my bright blue and ever-so-compact Chevrolet Vega – from bumper to bumper.

There were those who …

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Sharon Jaynes

Shut the Gate

He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake (Psalm 23:3 NKJV).

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One Sunday my pastor had to do some housekeepin’ fussin’ at our congregation before he started his sermon. It was a “Visitors, close your ears” moment as Jimmy interrupted the service for an important message from our neighbors.

See, right beside our church property is a city park. On Sundays, when our parking lot is full, we tend to use the city park for our overflow parking. The only problem is that the folks going to the city park don’t like the fact …

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Gwen Smith

When God’s Agenda Trumps Yours

Today’s Truth

The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way. (Psalm 37:23, ESV)

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God used a crockpot that day.

Not mine – hers.

Her: the casual friend I ran into at the grocery store who looked put together on the outside but was pulled apart on the inside by a heart-wound that dripped of fear, insecurity, and doubt.

She was at the store because her crockpot mysteriously didn’t work that day. Though it had been loaded in the morning, the chicken was not edible come dinnertime because it was …

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Mary Southerland

Lessons Learned from The Last Crusader

Today’s Truth

Faith means being sure of the things we hope for. And faith means knowing that something is real even if we do not see it (Hebrews 11:1, ICB).

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I have a love-hate relationship with the movie, “The Last Crusader.” The hero Indiana Jones is constantly hovering above some bottomless pit, or dodging bullets, flying knives, as well as hoards of sinister enemies and nasty creatures trying to kill him and prevent him from completing his mission.

It is exhausting to watch.

One part of the movie stands out above the rest as terrifying moments go. …

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Sharon Jaynes

God is Your Victory

Today’s Truth
 “Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner [Yahweh Nissi]”
(Exodus 17:15 NIV).

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I’m going to be honest with you. If there was an Olympic event for feelings of insecurity, inferiority, and inadequacy, at some point my picture would have been on the Wheaties cereal box…the gold medal winner.

Now, you probably think I’m going to tell you, “But then I became a Christian and all that insecurity just went away!” But it didn’t. I did become a Christian when I was 14. That part is correct. However, I carried that insecurity into my …

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Mary Southerland

A Tiny Seed of Faith

Today’s Truth

Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water (Matthew 14:25, NCV).

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Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see. John Shedd says, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” Faith is willing to take risks, embrace the unseen and step away from the safety of the shore.

Too often, we fear the outcome or don’t understand the step God has asked us to take.

We are afraid to fail.

We are more concerned about our “reputation” as …

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Sharon Jaynes

When Your Rooster Crows

Today’s Truth

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 NIV).

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I sat on my back porch, wrapped in my fuzzy worn robe—the one that’s 20 years old that I just can’t seem to get rid of. The birch trees waved “good morning,” and the newly planted gerbera daisies stretched their faces to the sun…just a bit higher than the day before. Then I heard him. The rooster.

ER-er-ER-er-ERRRR. I’m not sure where he lives, but it’s within earshot.

ER-er-ER-er-ERRRR. I thought of Peter. I thought of me. I thought of …

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Gwen Smith

The More You Are Meant For

Today’s Truth

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)

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It was a photo of a waffle iron.

Her status update on the social media site said seven simple words about the picture:

“I want these two buttons for life.”

The buttons of reference were two settings: RESTART and A BIT MORE.

There it was – in stainless steel simplicity – the longings of a friend who has complicated challenges that were bravely alluded to. She’s a private person, so I was surprised by the honesty and courage …

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