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Gwen Smith

When God Does a New Thing

Today’s Truth
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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I admit, I’m a sucker for the makeover shows. It doesn’t matter what kind… home makeovers, fashion makeovers… or even the shows that take a person from drab or flab to fab. I just love to see an amazing transformation! Don’t you?

Last summer we “transformed” our family a bit when we added a bouncy little puppy to the mix. Fun, right? Mostly, yes, but there is a bit more to the story…

Let’s just say that it …

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Mary Southerland

Patience Pays Off

Today’s Truth

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him (James 1:12, NIV).

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Patience is not one of my greatest strengths. In fact, I tend to live each day with a schedule in mind, an agenda by which to live that day, and several goals I need to meet before the day’s end. God does have a sense of humor. I can’t tell you how many times my schedule falls apart, the agenda is …

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Sharon Jaynes

Do You Want to be Pursued?

Today’s Truth

My lover spoke and said to me, ‘Arise my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me’ (Song of Songs 2:10, NIV).

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I was in college when I first eyed my husband. He was sitting on the floor at a friend’s Bible study gathering with his back against the wall, dressed in scruffy jeans and a red flannel shirt with the sleeves rolled halfway up his muscular forearms. His thick brown hair and chocolate-brown eyes left me weak in the knees. And the best part was that this handsome hunk of a man had a …

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Mary Southerland

I Want to Love You – My Way!

Today’s Truth

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35, NIV).

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Grandchildren often remind me how to find joy in the simple things of life. Not long ago, I took Lelia and Jaydan, our two-year-old twin grandchildren, on a little shopping trip. When Mimi comes for a visit, there is always a shopping trip on the agenda. Lelia and Jaydan piled into the car and we headed to the store. I think I was more excited than they were. That’s how grandmothers are.

Once we were inside the …

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Sharon Jaynes

God’s Calling Out to You

Today’s Truth

But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9 NIV).

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Eden was full of God’s glory—breathtaking beauty with unbroken union and constant communion with God. But as we know, something went terribly wrong, and Adam and Eve found themselves naked and ashamed. And what was the first thing they did when that happened?

They hid.

They hid from God.

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the …

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Gwen Smith

The Power of Quiet

Today’s Truth
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul (Psalm 23:1-3a, NIV).

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There are times when laundry takes over my house. Piles build up, though I try to stay on top of them. Many of the clothes are clean and even folded, but not put away. That tricky put-away-part is always hard for me.

Then there are the socks. Oh, the socks! They burden me so! It causes me to wonder. Does an unseen sock …

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Mary Southerland

Under the Juniper Tree

Today’s Truth

My soul, wait thou in silence for God only; for my expectation is from Him (Psalm 62:5, ASB).

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Elijah is a great example of a man in need of rest. One day he was the conquering hero, the next we find him sitting under a Juniper tree, wallowing in self-pity – and begging God to let him die. The poor man was simply exhausted. True, it was an exhaustion produced by victory, but it was still exhaustion.

Elijah called down fire from heaven, proving the existence of the only true God, destroying idols and idol …

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Sharon Jaynes

Know Where You’re Going

Today’s Truth
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John3:16, NASB).

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I was traveling to Canada to speak at a women’s conference. As I approached the passport checker, I held out my little book like a seasoned traveler.

“Are you here for business or pleasure?” the guard asked.

“Well, I’m not sure what to call it.  I’m here for ministry. I’m speaking at a women’s event and it is my pleasure to be here.”

“Where are you …

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Mary Southerland

The Living Bible

Today’s Truth

Knowledge puffs you up with pride, but love builds up (1 Corinthians 8:1, NIV).

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His name was Bill, a college-student with wild hair who wore a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans, and no shoes for his entire four years of college. Bill was brilliant and what some might describe as quirky. While attending college, Bill became a Christian and began looking for a church to attend.

Across the street from the campus was a very conservative church that wanted to reach the college students, but was not sure how to go about it.

One …

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Sharon Jaynes

Your Story is Not Over Yet

Several years ago, the epic drama, Gone with the Wind, was re-released in theaters all across America. This digitally enhanced, chromatically improved icon, took us back to a time in history when America was experiencing a paradigm shift. My husband and I thought it would be important for our teenage son, Steven, to have the Gone with the Wind experience on the big screen, so we purchased three tickets and settled in for what we knew would be a long evening.

After about two hours, we got to the scene where a sullied Miss Scarlet, deserted by Rhett, stood …

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