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Mary Southerland

God Is Jealous For Me

Today’s Truth

Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame (Song of Songs 8:6, NIV).

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Shakespeare described jealousy as a “green-eyed monster.” Mark Twain called it the “trademark of small minds.” I once heard it described as “the gangrene of the soul.” Not a lovely picture, is it? In fact, in human terms, jealousy is usually thought of as a negative trait we need to carefully guard against. However, …

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Sharon Jaynes

God’s Gifts in Dark Times

Today’s Truth

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32, NIV)

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I stood at Steven’s bedroom door, watching this now 17-year-old son asleep in a tangle of sheets and limbs. He was six feet tall, needed a shave, and sported a mass of shaggy, thick brown hair. I thought about how much I loved this boy.

When Steven was born, we had no idea we would be raising him as an only child. Years of infertility struggles and the …

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Mary Southerland

Are You Ready For the Holidays?

Today’s Truth

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told (Luke 2:16-20, NIV).

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Sharon Jaynes

When We Interfere With God’s Plan

Today’s Truth

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord (Psalm 27:14 NIV).

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There are some parts of the story of Abraham and Sarah that just leave me biting my nails. I mean, Sarah, what were you thinking? Telling your husband to sleep with your maid? Really?

God had an incredible plan for Abraham and Sarah. While His plan was still accomplished despite Sarah’s scheming, her interference caused much heartache and strife. Many times we have a tendency to run ahead of God when we feel …

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Gwen Smith

Red Lipstick

Today’s Truth

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2 Corinthians 7:1).

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When my three children were young, it was a challenge to keep track of where they were at all times.  My husband and I baby proofed the house as best we could, used gates and did our best.  I’ll never forget the day that Preston and Kennedy were accounted for in the playroom, but Hunter had wandered off.  I called for him, but got no response.

Curious, …

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Mary Southerland

The Taste Berry

Today’s Truth

I will give thanks to Your name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness, because Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your name (Psalm 138:2).

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Alexander Whyte, the Scottish preacher, always began every prayer with praise. One brutally cold Sunday, his people filed into the church, wondering what the preacher could possibly find to praise God for on such a miserable day. Alexander Whyte stood, bowed his head and prayed, “O Lord, we thank Thee that it is not always like this.”

Are there times when you don’t feel like praising God? Honestly, …

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Sharon Jaynes

Transforming a Painful Childhood into a Purposeful Adulthood

Today’s Truth

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to…bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (Isaiah 61:1,3, NIV).

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Last Monday, my Girlfriends in God devotion was about Queen Esther. But I’m not quite ready to leave this little orphan girl turned beautiful powerful queen just …

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Mary Southerland

The Sandpaper People Are Coming!

Today’s Truth

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28).

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I sometimes think that the holiday season should somehow come with a warning label that reads, “The Sandpaper People are coming!” Holidays usher in many things – one of which is the opportunity to deal with the difficult people in our lives. The relative that irritated you last Thanksgiving may very well do the same exasperating things this year. The people waiting in line with …

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Sharon Jaynes

God Has Big Dreams for You

Today’s Truth

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NIV).

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I love the story of Esther in the Bible. She is definitely one of my girlfriends in God! I can’t wait to give her a big hug. Let’s think about her a moment today.

Can you imagine what young Esther, a girl without mother or father, would have thought if someone had come up to her at the market while gathering produce for her cousin and told her that she …

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Gwen Smith

What’s Your Ultimate?

Today’s Truth

I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. (Psalm 57:2, ESV)

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My heart plays ping-pong. It shifts focus from one affection to another faster than you can say, “Squirrel!” I have never been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD – or any other condition with scary capitol letters – but I’ve surely been known to major on some minors in my day. Practically every day. I worry about things that don’t really matter… at least not eternally.

The other day started out great. In the wee hours of early, …

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