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Sharon Jaynes

How a Mom is Like a Lighthouse

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Sharon will have several devotions devoted to moms! If you’re not a mom, please pray for one who is!

 Today’s Truth

She watches over the affairs of her household… (Proverbs 31:27, NIV).

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I have always seen a mother as a lighthouse, or beacon in a child’s life. She is a landmark that her children can always count on. She shines the light of Christ at night and she serves as a landmark by day. She is watching out over the sea of faces to protect her tiny fleet. Like the Proverbs …

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Gwen Smith

Are Happy Endings Really Possible?

Today’s Truth
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him (Psalm 32:2, NIV).

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I love a good story. I love stories filled with drama, mystery, action, honesty, hope, grit, tension, release, passion, restoration, and redemption. My favorite stories, however, combine many of these elements and finish with a happy-ending. My heart beats big for happy-ending stories.

There have been days in my life that have been heavy on the tension and light on the release. Moments when I’ve felt deep pain and longed for deep peace. Weeks when hope evaded my heart …

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Sharon Jaynes

You Are Writing a Gospel

Today’s Truth

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us (2 Corinthians 5:20, NIV).

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Charles Swindoll tells the story of four scholars who were arguing over Bible translations. One said he preferred the King James Version because of its eloquent old English, another preferred the American Standard because of its literalism, and a third preferred the way the Moffatt translation captured the reader’s attention.

After giving the issue considerable thought, the fourth scholar admitted, “I have personally preferred my mother’s translation.” The others scholars chuckled, but as he explained, “Yes, she …

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Mary Southerland

Thriving or Surviving?

Today’s Truth

God will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy (Job 8:21, NCV).

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One Saturday morning a little boy and his father took a long awaited trip to the local pet store in search of a new puppy. The dad had been promising the trip for weeks, and the day had finally come. The little boy had read several books about dogs, surveying the pets of his friends, asking countless questions, and waiting for this day, ready to make his choice.

When father and son walked into the pet …

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Gwen Smith

Stark Contrast

Today’s Truth

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.  My brothers, this should not be (James 3:9-10, NIV).

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It has been a long winter this year and I’m really looking forward to summer. I like it nice and warm, but at times the summer heat can be unbearable – even for a sunshine girl.  North Carolina is by no means a place of cool summers.  To the contrary, we Tar Heel residents …

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Mary Southerland

Failure is Not Final

Today’s Truth

At least there is hope for a tree. If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail (Job 14:7, NIV).

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I have never met a single person whose goal in life was to fail, but failure is a reality of life. The key to success is not avoiding failure; it is learning how to handle failure.

Beethoven’s music teacher once told him that he was a hopeless composer.

  • Abraham Lincoln campaigned for a seat in the Illinois General Assembly and failed. He then opened a general store

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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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