Devotions Archive

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Sharon Jaynes

A Praying Mom Who Didn’t Give Up

Today’s Truth

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe (Ephesians 1:18-19, NIV).

Friend to Friend

Is there someone who you are praying for, and honestly, you are questioning whether or not it is doing any good? Oh friend, let me encourage you, don’t give up.

Monica saw the fruits of not giving up on her son. From the time he was born, she …

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Mary Southerland

How to Enjoy Your Family Part 1

Today’s Truth

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm. A woman who fears the LORD is to be praised (Proverbs 31:11-12; 30, NIV).

 Friend to Friend

Family means different things to different people. What is a family? Well, I can tell you that it is not what it used to be. Family is no longer simple, but blended and complex. It has changed to include many different relationships of people who live together.

  • Couples with children
  • Couples with no children
  • Single women with children
  • Single men with children
  • Grandparents

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Sharon Jaynes

All Things are Possible to Her Who Believes

Today’s Truth:

 Everything is possible for him who believes (Mark 9:23, NIV).

  Friend to Friend

 A distraught father once had an unruly son with multiple physical and emotional problems. Many people even said the boy was possessed by a demon. The dad had tried everything, but the boy continued to demonstrate antisocial behavior: throwing himself in the fire and then in water. That sort of behavior, on top of frequent seizures, rolling on the ground, foaming at the mouth, and an inability to talk, made the dad desperate to find a solution. He even took the boy

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Gwen Smith

Put Your Faith Where Your Action Is!

Today’s Truth 
Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:17, NIV).

Friend to Friend
I remember a time, back in 1993, when I was swept up in the whimsical world of wedding planning. Every detail mattered. I was excited to be marrying Brad Smith and I wanted our wedding day to be a magical springboard to a life filled with amazing adventures and deep years of God-centered love. From the cake choices – to the dress choices – to the music choices – to the guest list choices – to the bridal registry …

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Mary Southerland

Being a Mom that Matters Part 2

Today’s truth

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him (Psalm 127:3, NLT).

 Friend to Friend

So much of who we are as men and women is rooted in the parent/child relationship. I believe that my role as a mother will greatly affect the kind of woman my daughter will become. I also believe moms are the primary teachers in a child’s life. God wants us to be moms who love Him, pray for their children, and give them time. He also wants us to encourage our children.

 When we encourage our children, we are …

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Sharon Jaynes

Hats Off to Moms!

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Sharon will have several devotions devoted to moms!

 Today’s Truth

Her children arise and call her blessed… (Proverbs 31:28, NIV).

 Friend to Friend

Along the coast of North Carolina there are seven stately lighthouses that stand as sentinels on our rugged shoreline. A mother whose children rise up and call her blessed is much like those stately lighthouses. She has a solid foundation in Jesus Christ. Her walls of faith are constructed to withstand the storms of life, and her primary function is to house the light of Christ. This mother is an immovable …

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Mary Southerland

Being a Mom that Matters Part One

Today’s Truth

Train children how to live right, and when they are old, they will not change (Proverbs 22:6, NCV).

 Friend to Friend

The world often denies the importance of being a mom. I am not an expert. I simply want to be a successful mom. Well, actually, my credentials are impressive. I am the mother of two beautiful, brilliant children. I want to be the mom they need and deserve, and the good news is that God wants the same thing. Being a parent is a holy calling from God, and God never calls us to do a job …

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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).

Friend to Friend

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).

Friend to Friend
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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