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Gwen Smith

An Uncluttered Woman

Today’s Truth
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33, NIV)

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When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was to twirl in the grass. With arms out stretched, I’d spin around and around until I was silly-dizzy, and then fall to the ground with a giggly heart. It was thrilling, invigorating and a fun and simple way to spend a lazy summer day in the rolling hills of southwestern Pennsylvania.

Now that I’m older, I can’t handle spinning …

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Sharon Jaynes

Your Scars are Beautiful to God

Today’s Truth

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story (Psalm 107:2, TNIV). 

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I have several scars on my body. One in the middle of my forehead I acquired during a rock fight when I was eight-years-old, one is on my lip when I fell on a nail after disobeying my mother and crossing a busy street to see a friend.  And another is on my shin after disobeying once again and shaving my legs when I was twelve.

But some scars on my body aren’t so humorous. For example, there are two crescent- shaped …

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Mary Southerland

He Is Waiting For You

Today’s Truth

Now as they went on their way, He entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home (Luke 10:38, NIV). 

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Balance always requires a fierce and ruthless examination of priorities. Our true priorities are not mere lists of activities completed or goals set, but candid reflections of our heart desires.  What we deem important receives the most time, energy, attention and resources. The importance of right and balanced priorities is illustrated by the life of Martha.

Jesus knew that He was always welcome in the home of Martha. Scripture …

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Sharon Jaynes

Jesus’ Scars

Today’s Truth 

After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord (John 20:20, NIV).

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It was just a few days after Easter, and I was reading about the resurrection of Jesus in the Gospel of John chapter twenty. I had read the story many times prior, but this time God opened my eyes to see something I had never noticed before.

In my mind’s eye, I saw the pre-morning mist hovering over the garden surrounding the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid three days earlier. …

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Mary Southerland

A Shameless Audacity

Today’s Truth

Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever (Psalm 136:2, NIV). 

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I often settle for so much less than God’s very best for my life. I tend to invest time in good things and miss the highest things God has planned for me.

You may have heard the story of the man who died and went to Heaven. He was met at the Pearly Gates by Saint Peter who welcomed the man and then said, “Let’s take a look around Heaven and then I will show you to your new home.” …

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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).

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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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