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Gwen Smith

Let’s Adore Him!

Today’s Truth

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh (Matthew 2:11, NIV)

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O come, all ye faithful,

Come everyone!  Come sinners!  Come saints!

Come if you’re tired, hungry, lonely, or faint!

 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can …

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Sharon Jaynes

Even Mary Needed a Friend

Today’s Truth

Yes, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say (Luke 1:38, The Message).

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Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed illogical in your pretty head? Has He ever called you to a task that seemed nigh to impossible? Can you imagine how Mary, the mother of Jesus, must have felt when Gabriel gave her the news of her impending pregnancy?

This heavenly decision caused an earthly dilemma. An unwed pregnancy could lead to her parents disowning her, her fiancée …

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Gwen Smith

Held by Hope

Today’s Truth

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19, NIV)

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Have you ever wanted to travel back in time to be an eyewitness of the celestial celebration that took place in Bethlehem the night that Jesus was born?  Now, I’m a bit fussy about fashion, but I’d even consider donning shepherd garb and hanging out with a few sheep for that opportunity! To see angels fill the sky, to hear the voice of God through the cries of a baby. To catch a glimpse of the brilliant Star of …

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Mary Southerland

God – The Giver of Good Gifts

Today’s Truth

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17, NIV).

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Our grandchildren are not only a source of great joy in my life but also some of my most capable teachers. Our three-year-old grandson, Justus, recently reminded me of the profound truth that God is the ultimate Gift-Giver.

Justus loves dirt. If he is not truly dirty – he is not truly happy. One of his favorite toys to play with in his beloved dirt is what he …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Lord is With You – and That’s a Promise!

Today’s Truth

The Lord is with you (Luke 1:28).         

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For many years I would begin each day praying for my son, “God, please be with Steven today.”

Then one day God stopped me mid-prayer. “Sharon, I am with Steven…every day,” He seemed to say. “Why do you continue asking for something Steven already has?”

God was right! (Imagine that.) God was with Steven at all times, just as He is with you and me. He promised each of His children, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).…

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Mary Southerland

Can You Hear Me Now?

Today’s Truth
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27, ASV).

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Dan and I had been married one year when we moved to Fort Worth, Texas so he could attend seminary. I desperately wanted to find a school teaching job, but they were scarce. Instead, I was hired to work in an insurance office – definitely not my idea of a dream job – but I had a plan. Every day, on my lunch hour, I called the school district’s personnel office to ask, “Do you have a job for …

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Sharon Jaynes

You Are Highly Favored

Today’s Truth

Greetings, you who are highly favored! (Luke 1:28, NIV). 

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I hope you enjoyed my retelling of Mary’s encounter with the angel Gabriel in my last devotion. I want to continue looking at Mary over the next couple of weeks. We can learn so much what to do when God calls us center stage from this woman who said “yes” to Him.

Gabriel and Mary. What an amazing encounter for a girl so young. God’s plan of redemption was held by the thread of a teenage girl from Nazareth.   Who knew it would be so …

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Mary Southerland

Don’t Miss Christmas!

Today’s Truth

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16, NIV).

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The Christmas rush is on! I know many of you are still looking for the perfect gift, wrapping presents, baking your famous sugar cookies, packing the car for a long trip and wrestling with overly excited children. Ho! Ho!  Ho!

Stop right where you are! Take a deep breath and travel back with me to a time when there was no hope and no celebration. I can’t imagine a world without Jesus and yet, many times I live …

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Mary Southerland

Making a List… Checking it Twice

Today’s Truth

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT). 

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Every year, I make a Christmas list comprised of every person for whom I am buying a gift.  Beside each name, I put a dollar amount, a limit of how much money I will spend for that gift, vowing not to spend one penny more than the set limit. (Somehow, the amount I actually spend rarely coincides with the amount I intended …

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Sharon Jaynes

Blessed is She Who…

Today’s Truth

‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said’ (Luke 1:38, NIV)

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Sometimes it is easy to read the Bible and forget that the women in the stories are just like you and me. Of course, they lived during a different time in history, practiced different customs, and ate different foods. But they had the same heart struggles, same soul longings, and same emotional ups and downs as you and me.

Today, I want you to use your imagination just a bit. Sit back and let me tell …

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