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Gwen Smith

Masterpiece in the Making

Today’s Truth

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you (Philippians 1:6, AMP).

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It took four years of fresco painting for the Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, to finish the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Commonly known as Michelangelo, his time painting was mostly spent alone, on his back, …

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Mary Southerland

Sandpaper People

Today’s Truth

We are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).

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Sandpaper people, the people who rub us the wrong way, are not only a reality of life, but they are a gift from God. Now stay with me on this.

God has used these difficult relationships as catalysts in my life through which He has lovingly upset my comfortable plans and purposefully redirected my self-ordered steps. The results have often been chaotic and unsettling, but always life changing.

Our son Jered began playing football in elementary school and even went to college on an academic and football scholarship. …

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Sharon Jaynes

Not Guilty

Today’s Truth

And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth (John 14:15, NIV emphasis added).

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During Jesus’ last supper with His disciples, He reassured them that He would not leave them as orphans. He said, “And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever–the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17). The Greek word which is also translated Helper (NASB) and Comforter (KJV), is parakletos and means a “person summoned to one’s aid.” Originally it was …

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Mary Southerland

Whose Voice Do You Hear?

Today’s Truth

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

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Dan and I had been married one year when we moved to Fort Worth, Texas, so Dan could attend seminary. I desperately wanted a teaching job, but none was available. Instead I was hired as a secretary in an insurance office. It was definitely not my idea of a dream job, but I had a plan. Every day, on my lunch hour, I call the school district’s personnel office to ask, “Do you have a job or me yet?” …

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Sharon Jaynes

A Daddy Who Loves Me

Today’s Truth

I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:18, NIV).

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In talking to women all across the country, I see eyes fill with tears when I talk about the dream of having a daddy who loves me. But the tears are not for me. They reveal the longing in their own hearts. Perhaps you are one of those women.

Bob Carlisle wrote a song titled Butterfly Kisses that climbed the charts in 2000. It received international recognition in both the Christian and secular music industries. The …

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Gwen Smith

Finding Perfect Love

Today’s Truth

The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).

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My kids are both sweet and sour on a regular basis… as are all of us. Depends on the minute. Depends on the day. Every once in a happy while, however, one of my children surprises me with an unexpectedly sweet moment that becomes a heart treasure.

I had one of those special conversations moons ago with my middle child, …

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Mary Southerland

Trusting God with the Future

Today’s Truth

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV).

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In an effort to escape the brutal summer heat of South Florida, our family headed to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of our favorite spots for hiking, so we planned a day trip that included exploring a few hiking trails, a picnic and a visit to the beautiful and historic colonial home of Carl Sandburg. We …

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Sharon Jaynes

When Forgetting Is Not Enough

Today’s Truth

I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed (Joel 2:25-26, NIV).

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In my last devotion we looked at the life of Joseph. Today, let’s take one more look at his gnarly family tree.

By his thirty-seventh birthday, Joseph had two sons. One he named Manasseh which means “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s …

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Mary Southerland

Time for a Change?

Today’s Truth

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:28-31, NIV).

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Sharon Jaynes

When God Intends “IT” for Good

Today’s Truth

‘You intended to harm me,’ Joseph explained, ‘but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives’ (Genesis 50:20, NIV).

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Joseph was a man who had many bad things happen in his life. His story is recorded in Genesis chapters 37-50. While he was his father’s favorite son, he was his brothers’ least favorite sibling. Because their dad, Jacob, showed relentless favoritism toward this child of his beloved wife, Rachel, his brothers were jealous, mocking, and spiteful toward him. Naïve Joseph didn’t help matters. He flaunted a …

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