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Sharon Jaynes

De-compartmentalize Your Quiet Time

Today’s Truth

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long (Psalm 119:97, NIV).

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I love, absolutely love, studying God’s Word. From the time I first said “yes” to Jesus, I have devoured the Scriptures. And yet, I’ll admit, extended times of prayer have been a struggle for me. Perhaps that is one reason it is called a discipline. I have to discipline myself to set the time apart—to “be still and know.”

But then I began to realize just how compartmentalized my time with God had become. My spiritual life …

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Gwen Smith

Eyes on The Prize

Today’s Truth

…Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith… (Hebrews 12:1-2)

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When my daughter Kennedy was four years old she played on a pee-wee soccer team. We signed her up in hopes that she would have a fun outlet for her overflowing, youthful energy.

On the afternoon of her first practice, I saw great promise! She was all business as she fearlessly ran after the ball …

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Mary Southerland

Can We Really Trust God?

Today’s Truth

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28, NIV).

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A daughter was telling her mother how everything was going wrong. “I am failing Algebra. My boyfriend just broke up with me, and my best friend is moving away,” she wailed. Her mom listened patiently, and then asked, “I made a cake for dinner. Would you like a snack?” The girl grinned and said, “Sure, Mom. I love your cake.” The mom smiled and asked, “How …

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Sharon Jaynes

Big Assignments Begin with Tiny “Yeses!”

Today’s Truth

His master replied, Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. (Matthew 5:21, NIV)

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When people ask me how I got started in ministry, I tell them I started by writing for free publications for free for ten years. This is not what most people want to hear.

When I tell them I started by folding newsletters in the den of my home for several years, they seem crestfallen.

When I tell them I started out by cleaning the bathrooms …

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Mary Southerland

The Aroma of Christ

Today’s Truth

But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? (2 Corinthians 2:14-16, NIV).

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I tend to be a creature of habit in many ways – a fact that …

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Sharon Jaynes

Because I Said So!

Today’s Truth
Sir, we’ve fished all night and caught nothing. But because you say so, we’ll do it. (Luke 5:5, NIV emphasis added)

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“Because I say so!” I cringe just writing those words! How many times did you hear them as a kid? How many times have you said them as an adult? How many times has God said them to you?

One day Jesus said those words to Peter and John. Not exactly word for word, but that’s what He meant.

See, Peter and John had been on the open sea casting their …

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Gwen Smith

Counting the Ways of Love

Today’s Truth

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. (Psalm 63:2-3)

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Several years ago I experienced a memorable God-moment when my flight had been delayed. On that particular warm June morning, I had gotten to the Philadelphia airport crazy-early and was eager to get home to my young family after a beautiful weekend of ministry. No lie – when I saw that my flight was delayed, I was bummed. My initial disappointment, however, quickly dissolved into gratefulness, as …

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Mary Southerland

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Today’s Truth

He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (Isaiah 40:11, NIV) 

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As a little girl, I really did have a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow. I can remember the day my mother showed me the lamb and explained that she did not have a bottle with which to feed the stray lamb. I did. I agreed to let the lamb have my bottle if I could have the lamb. I have …

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Sharon Jaynes

Cease Striving

Today’s Truth

Quiet! Be still! (Mark 4:39, NIV)

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One January morning, I asked God, “What do You really want from me?”

I had just finished a big writing project and was ready to tackle the next big thing for God. I snuggled in my favorite den chair with a steamy cup of coffee and my well-worn Bible to spend some alone time with my Heavenly Father. I read a few verses and said my prayer. Check. Check. When I started to get up, I felt God’s invisible strong hand holding me back. He wasn’t finished. Be still

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Mary Southerland

Time to Let Go

Today’s Truth

There is no God like you. You forgive those who are guilty of sin; you don’t look at the sins of your people who are left alive. You will not stay angry forever, because you enjoy being kind. You will have mercy on us again; you will conquer our sins. You will throw away all our sins into the deepest part of the sea. (Micah 7:18-19, NCV)

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A little boy and his mom went shopping at the mall. The little boy acted very badly, whining, wanting everything he saw, and running away from his …

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