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Sharon Jaynes

The Lord is With You – and That’s a Promise!

Today’s Truth

The Lord is with you (Luke 1:28).         

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For many years I would begin each day praying for my son, “God, please be with Steven today.”

Then one day God stopped me mid-prayer. “Sharon, I am with Steven…every day,” He seemed to say. “Why do you continue asking for something Steven already has?”

God was right! (Imagine that.) God was with Steven at all times, just as He is with you and me. He promised each of His children, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).…

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Mary Southerland

Can You Hear Me Now?

Today’s Truth
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27, ASV).

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Dan and I had been married one year when we moved to Fort Worth, Texas so he could attend seminary. I desperately wanted to find a school teaching job, but they were scarce. Instead, I was hired to work in an insurance office – definitely not my idea of a dream job – but I had a plan. Every day, on my lunch hour, I called the school district’s personnel office to ask, “Do you have a job for …

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Sharon Jaynes

You Are Highly Favored

Today’s Truth

Greetings, you who are highly favored! (Luke 1:28, NIV). 

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I hope you enjoyed my retelling of Mary’s encounter with the angel Gabriel in my last devotion. I want to continue looking at Mary over the next couple of weeks. We can learn so much what to do when God calls us center stage from this woman who said “yes” to Him.

Gabriel and Mary. What an amazing encounter for a girl so young. God’s plan of redemption was held by the thread of a teenage girl from Nazareth.   Who knew it would be so …

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Mary Southerland

Don’t Miss Christmas!

Today’s Truth

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16, NIV).

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The Christmas rush is on! I know many of you are still looking for the perfect gift, wrapping presents, baking your famous sugar cookies, packing the car for a long trip and wrestling with overly excited children. Ho! Ho!  Ho!

Stop right where you are! Take a deep breath and travel back with me to a time when there was no hope and no celebration. I can’t imagine a world without Jesus and yet, many times I live …

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Mary Southerland

Making a List… Checking it Twice

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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Every year, I make a Christmas list comprised of every person for whom I am buying a gift.  Beside each name, I put a dollar amount, a limit of how much money I will spend for that gift, vowing not to spend one penny more than the set limit. (Somehow, the amount I actually spend rarely coincides with the amount I intended …

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Sharon Jaynes

Blessed is She Who…

Today’s Truth

‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said’ (Luke 1:38, NIV)

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Sometimes it is easy to read the Bible and forget that the women in the stories are just like you and me. Of course, they lived during a different time in history, practiced different customs, and ate different foods. But they had the same heart struggles, same soul longings, and same emotional ups and downs as you and me.

Today, I want you to use your imagination just a bit. Sit back and let me tell …

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Mary Southerland

Ho! Ho! Ho! Help!

Today’s Truth

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told (Luke 2:16-20, NIV).

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Sharon Jaynes

The Women of Christmas

Today’s Truth

Surely the arm of the Lord is not to short to save, nor his ear to dull to hear” (Isaiah 59:1, NIV).

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When the writers of the Old Testament penned the words to the long lists of lineages, the so-and-so begat so-and-so’s, they usually listened men’s names. It was very uncommon to see a woman’s name, even though there were a few.

But when we turn the page from the Old Testament to the New Testament, we see God honoring women in a brand-new way. Even in the lineage of Jesus recorded in Matthew chapter …

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Gwen Smith

A Love That Breathes, Bridges and Brings Beauty

Today’s Truth

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. (Luke 2:19, NIV)

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The story of Christmas is familiar. Many of us can recite verses and sing choruses that recap the holy day without so much as a second thought. It is said that familiarity breeds contempt – so I wonder. I wonder and I search my heart.

When I sit and search, long enough to listen to God’s still small voice, I grapple with the familiar and I groan for the fresh… and I wonder. …

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Mary Southerland

Gifts That Matter, Part 2

Today’s Truth

If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure what is given back to you (Luke 6:38, NLT). 

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Have you discovered the truth that we simply cannot “out-give” God? The more we give, the more we receive. And that truth does not just apply to financial giving. It is really all about the attitude behind the gift. Do you remember the Christmas gifts you …

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