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Gwen Smith

Who Are You Asking?

Today’s Truth

Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6).

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Four years ago we installed a new bathroom sink in our downstairs powder room. While I love the way it looks, I have not loved the way it has worked – because the water pressure has been a dreary drizzle.

I asked my husband Brad if he could fix the water pressure a few times. Let me say this: my man is awesome at a million and one things – he’s super smart and awesome around the house …

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Mary Southerland

In His Eyes Part 2

Today’s Truth

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:14=15, NIV).

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God can set you free to be all He created you to be.  A healthy self-image is not rooted in pride and it …

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Sharon Jaynes

Are You Emotionally Crippled?

Today’s Truth

Woman, you are released [set free] from your infirmity! (Luke 13:12 Amplified, note added).

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I was riding down the crowded streets of Mexico City in a cab when I saw her.  She measured about four feet high, back curved, bent at the waist at a ninety-degree angle, and fingers gnarled and twisted shut.  Like an upside-down chair, her face was parallel to the dirty sidewalk.  Feet. Dirt. Trash. That was her view of the world.  She shuffled alongside our car as we inched through the congested traffic.  I saw her, but she did not see …

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Mary Southerland

In His Eyes Part 1

Today’s Truth

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:14-15, NIV).

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It was my first day of teaching second grade. While standing at the classroom door, greeting parents and children, I felt a tug …

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Sharon Jaynes

When Doubts Arise

Today’s Truth

Thomas fell to his knees and cried, ‘My Lord and my God!’ (John 20:29, NIV).

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When Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection, there was one who was absent from the motley crew–Thomas. When he came back to the group, they were abuzz telling of Jesus’ appearance. But Thomas didn’t believe a word they said.

“Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it,” he declared.

“A week later his disciples were in the …

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Gwen Smith

When Love Trumps Anger

Today’s Truth

My dear brothers, take note of this:  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires (James 1:19-20, NIV).

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“I’m a terrible mom!”

Do you ever say these words?  I do.  I did that day.  The day I was working in my office, minding my own business, when my oldest son threw a paper airplane at the back of my head.  Not one to normally welcome an air attack, I gave him the stern “mom voice,” and …

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Mary Southerland

The Art of Confrontation Part 2

Today’s Truth

Faithful are the wounds of a friend (Proverbs 27:6).

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The highest goal for every relationship is unity at some level. The apostle Paul was committed to unity and peace, no matter how impossible it might seem. It was a commitment rising out of the love he found in his personal relationship with God. And it is out of this love that he writes a letter to the church at Philippi, a church that he established. His heart and life were there and his closest friends and deepest relationships were with these people. It caused him …

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Sharon Jaynes

A Simple Wooden Cross

Today’s Truth

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18, NIV).

 

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The sea breeze blew the tangles from my knotted nerves as a choir of various birds sang revelry to greet the day. Myrtle bushes, bursting with fuchsia blossoms added splashes of color to the sandy landscape. Jumping fish performed acrobatic feats for an audience of One.

 

Perhaps my favorite place in the entire world is the beach. God seems to speak to me

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Mary Southerland

The Art of Confrontation – Part 1

Today’s Truth

Faithful are the wounds of a friend (Proverbs 27:6).

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We are born helpless. As soon as we are fully conscious, we discover loneliness. Because God created us to need each other, it is in relationships that much of who we are is realized and fashioned. Throughout Scripture, God repeatedly emphasizes the value and benefits of healthy relationships. However, to my way of thinking, life would be so much easier at times if no one needed us and we needed no one because, honestly, relationships are hard work, especially relationships with sandpaper people.

Difficult relationships …

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Sharon Jaynes

An Easter Bride

 Today’s Truth

 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready (Revelation 19:7, NIV).

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It was a beautiful day for a wedding. The sun shone brightly as the daffodils danced in the gentle breeze, nodding their happy faces in conversation. A choir of robins, cardinals, and finches sang rounds of cheerful melodies, which floated through a clear blue sky that was a reflection of the bride’s sparkling eyes. The air had that unusual crisp quality of spring, reminding

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