Devotions Archive

gwen
Gwen Smith

Learning to Trust Through Trials

Today’s Truth

In all your ways acknowledge him {the LORD}, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)

Friend to Friend

Yesterday socked me with a one-two knockout punch.

First, I got news that a family friend died suddenly. She was a 45 year-old single mom who loved God. She lived paycheck to paycheck and worked tirelessly to scrape pennies together to help her two kids get a college education. They didn’t have much money, but were rich with love.

Now those two penniless college kids are orphans – shaken to the core and scrambling to find money to …

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sharon
Sharon Jaynes

Get a Move On

Today’s Truth

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) (John 10:10b AMP).

Friend to Friend

What do you do when your walk becomes a crawl? When you feel like you are a disappointment to yourself and to God? When spiritual chronic fatigue leaves you wondering if it’s all worth it? When you feel stuck between the Red Sea and the Promised Land—saved from slavery, but never quite making it to the land of milk and honey?

What do you do when you realize that your once passionate …

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Friday Friend
Friday Friend

From Intention to Action

We hope you are enjoying the Girlfriends in God daily devotions. We (Mary, Sharon, and Gwen) would like to introduce you to some of our special friends. From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry. We call them our “Friday Friends.” So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our “Friday Friend,” Kathi Lipp.

 

Today’s Truth

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says

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sharon
Sharon Jaynes

Let Go and Grab Hold

Today’s Truth

I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own (Philippians 3:12 AMP).

Friend to Friend

Have you ever watched a performer on a flying trapeze under the massive circus tent? A short horizontal bar suspended by ropes or metal straps dangles high above the crowd. The aerialist grabs the trapeze bar, jumps off of a high platform, and swings through the air. He swings out once, swings back in above the platform, and swings back out again.

It …

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mary
Mary Southerland

Unplugged

Today’s Truth

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27).

Friend to Friend

Prayer really is so simple. We try to complicate it, and if I do say so myself, we manage to do a fairly good job of it.

Everyone prays when in crisis.

When the house is on fire, the kids are driving you nuts, the job is in jeopardy, the health challenge is serious, the finances are failing – it is amazing how even the ungodly will resort to prayer. It is built into our very being to cry out …

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gwen
Gwen Smith

Do You Remember Me?

Today’s Truth
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. (Isaiah 49:15-16, NIV)

Friend to Friend

I’ll be the first to admit that I am a woman who is easily distracted. More times than I care to even discuss. Sigh. I would love to say that the detail-oriented-woman in me rocks my days, but that’s not always the case. One crazy day, a …

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mary
Mary Southerland

I Love My Job … Really!

Today’s Truth

Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically (Romans 12:11, NLT).

Friend to Friend

God uses our work as one of His tools to mold us into who He wants us to be. Stress comes when we view our job as our main life mission. It isn’t. It is the God-given opportunity to provide the tools we need to accomplish our life mission.

The apostle Paul writes, “Life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about …

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mary
Mary Southerland

Here’s Your Sign

Today’s Truth

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Friend to Friend

The red bird gently landed on the tree branch in front of the kitchen window.

Carla gasped when the bird first appeared. But then a smile slowly spread across her face as she closed her eyes and whispered a reverent prayer, “Thank you, Lord.”

It was definitely a holy moment. I didn’t really know why. I just felt it.

“What was that all about?” I finally asked.

My sweet friend sighed, still staring at the red bird.

“Mary, it has been a really …

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sharon
Sharon Jaynes

True Self-Worth

Today’s Truth

But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash (Matthew 7:26-27 NIV).

Friend to Friend

I have learned a lot from Charlie Brown, which is a little scary. Here is one truth that his psychiatrist, Lucy, taught me. She is counseling Charlie Brown at her lemonade-stand-counseling booth. Charlie Brown is all ears.

Frame 1: “Your life is like …

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mary
Mary Southerland

Created for Joy

Today’s Truth

“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV).

Friend to Friend

Jesus lived and died so we can experience abundant life, a life exuding joy, and a life so full that others crave to know the source of that fullness.

Jesus did not come so we can merely survive life. Pagans can survive life. Jesus came to be our joy.

Someone once said, “Joy is the flag that flies above the castle of our hearts indicating that the King reigns within.” If those words are true, why …

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