Devotions Archive

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Gwen Smith

Living The Dream

Today’s Truth

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV) 

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As I walked into the pink and purple bedroom to tuck in my little rosebud, she sat up in bed and began braiding her hair. She had been waiting for me. News was bubbling in her heart that she simply had to share.

Through twists of hair, she began, “Mom! I know what I want to be when I grow up!”

“Well, tell me, Kennedy!” …

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Mary Southerland

I Can Sleep When the Wind Blows, Part 2

Today’s Truth

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want (Psalm 23:1, NIV). 

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Storms are a reality of life. That’s the bad news. The good news is that God is bigger than any storm we will ever face.

When our daughter, Danna, was a toddler, she and her daddy had a favorite game. Dan would place her in some high spot. He would then hold up his arms, and say, “Jump to Daddy!” I hated that game, but Danna loved it. She would always jump into his arms, laughing and giggling. One day, Dan picked …

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Sharon Jaynes

How to Astonish a Crowd

Today’s Truth

When they saw the courage of Peter and John, and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13 NIV, emphasis mine)

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The religious leaders were listening to Peter and John preach. They were perplexed, astonished really. They wondered where Peter and John acquired such knowledge and wisdom. “When they saw the courage of Peter and John, and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

Ah, …

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Mary Southerland

I Can Sleep When The Wind Blows

Today’s Truth

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want (Psalm 23:1, NIV).

Friend to Friend

Stress is a familiar and faithful companion. It doesn’t matter where life takes us, we will encounter stress. Unless we learn to manage and deal with that stress – God’s way – we will find ourselves trapped, an easy target for the enemy.

I heard the story of a farmer who, as the owner of a large piece of land along the Atlantic seacoast, constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic because of terrible …

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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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