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Sharon Jaynes

Avoiding Burnout Part 2

Key Verse
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place where he prayed (Mark 1:35, NIV).

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In my last devotion, we looked at the problem of burnout or exhaustion. Burnout is defined as “a state of mental and/or physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.”

Sound familiar? We also looked at several men in the Bible who struggled with spiritual and mental exhaustion. So if the great leaders of the Bible struggled with exhaustion, how do we avoid it?

The most …

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Sharon Jaynes

Avoiding Burnout Part 1

Today’s Truth
Then Jesus said, ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile’ (Mark 6:31, NLT).

Friend to Friend
I sat on the edge of my seat as I watched my son’s first track meet. The crowd was abuzz as moms and dads chatted, waiting for their teens to dash, sprint, or endure the eight laps of the thirty-two-hundred-meter race. But when the boys lined up for the hurdles event, the visiting stopped and the crowd watched with rapt attention.

Why? In the hurdles event, the stakes were higher. It became less about who would win, …

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Mary Southerland

Walk Through Your Fear

Today’s Truth

But when I am afraid, I put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3, NLT).

Friend to Friend

We live in Kansas City where summers normally include some pretty fierce thunderstorms. Our four-year-old grandson, Justus, is not a fan. The driving rain, loud thunder and often-violent lightning frighten him. We have tried to reassure Justus with such logical explanations as the thunder is nothing more than God rearranging the furniture in heaven and lightning is nothing more than the angels setting off fireworks. I know. He didn’t buy our explanations either.

We normally keep Justus one night a …

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Gwen Smith

The Broken Way

Today’s Truth

This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him. (Psalm 91:2, NLT)

Friend to Friend

While at a football game of my son Preston’s, I had a moving conversation with another team mom. It was the first time we’d ever dialogued beyond socially expected niceties. Between cheers that went up to our football-playing boys, she stumbled upon the fact that I was a Jesus-loving girl and was excited to share about how God has intimately drawn her heart to his over the past five …

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Mary Southerland

Celebrate You

Today’s Truth

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).

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As a high school junior, I decided it was time to take Homemaking 101. I can still see Mrs. Johnson’s face as she naively gazed at her new students. Bless her unsuspecting heart! She had no idea the challenge I brought to that class or to her career as a teacher. For weeks, I muddled through each lesson with a respectable, but less than stellar performance, until we hit the …

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Sharon Jaynes

God, That’s Not What I Asked For

Today’s Truth 

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV).

Friend to Friend

When I was eight years old, my prized possession was a collie dog named, what else, Lassie. Lassie was my shadow. She ran along side me as I pedaled around the neighborhood on my pink-glittered banana bike. She slept outside the door of my one-room playhouse …

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Gwen Smith

Finding Strength in Life’s Fire Swamps

Today’s Truth

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength (Isaiah 40:30-31, NIV).

Friend to Friend

There’s a scene in the whimsical and quirky film The Princess Bride in which some bad guys were chasing the movie’s two main characters, Princess Buttercup and Wesley. In order to escape, Buttercup and Wesley ran into the treacherous Fire Swamp. (Insert scary music and creepy feelings here.)

The Fire Swamp has three challenges: fire spurts, quicksand, and the ROUS – rodents of unusual size. (Stay with me…) At …

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Sharon Jaynes

I Just Called to Say, “I Love You”

Today[s Truth

‘Call to Me,’ says the Lord, ‘and I will answer you and I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know’ (Jeremiah 33:3, NASB).

Friend to Friend

It was an unusual phone call from my son, Steven. It was the second week of his second semester, his third year in college.

“Hey Mom, this is Steven. I just wanted to call and say ‘hello’. I haven’t talked to you in a while and wanted to see how you were doing.”

“Hey bud,” I replied. “How are you? How are your classes? Do you like …

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Gwen Smith

Masterpiece in the Making

Today’s Truth

And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you (Philippians 1:6, AMP).

Friend to Friend

It took four years of fresco painting for the Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, to finish the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Commonly known as Michelangelo, his time painting was mostly spent alone, on his back, …

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Mary Southerland

Sandpaper People

Today’s Truth

We are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10, NIV).

Friend to Friend

Sandpaper people, the people who rub us the wrong way, are not only a reality of life, but they are a gift from God. Now stay with me on this.

God has used these difficult relationships as catalysts in my life through which He has lovingly upset my comfortable plans and purposefully redirected my self-ordered steps. The results have often been chaotic and unsettling, but always life changing.

Our son Jered began playing football in elementary school and even went to college on an academic and football scholarship. …

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