Devotions Archive

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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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Gwen Smith

Take a Step Back

Today’s Truth
I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes (Psalm 119:59).

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I gave her instructions for the job. “Clear the furniture from the room, vacuum thoroughly, and then I will show you how to mop the wood floor.” Once my daughter got through the first two of three steps, I joined the cleaning party to teach the age-old-mom-class, “Mopping 101.” Awesome.

Class began with a few mopping fundamentals. “Shake the bottle of the polish before you use it. Do one small section at a time. Mop along the grain of the wood. …

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Mary Southerland

The Lesson of The Missing “B”

Today’s Truth

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another (Romans 12:5).

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Sometimes it is the little things that really get to me. As a writer, I spend a great deal of my time in front of a computer – with which I have a love-hate relationship. I love the convenience a computer offers when it comes to recording the thoughts and truths God gives me to share, but there are times when I would like to throw my laptop into the nearest body of water and be …

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Sharon Jaynes

God, What Do You Want From Me?

Today’s Truth

Cease striving and know that I am God, (Psalm 46:10 NASB).

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Could it be that we have made our relationship with God far too difficult? We strive so hard to draw closer to the heart of God. And all the while, God’s outstretched hand is reaching to draw us in. Psalm 46:10 reads, “cease striving and know that I am God” (NASB).

Cease striving.

For over a half of a century, I had been striving, pursuing, and seeking God. And like a cat chasing her tail, I had been going in circles. Circling in …

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Mary Southerland

Passing the Test

Today’s Truth

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faithproduces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be matureand complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4, NIV).

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Mark really struggled with spelling. Staring at his spelling test, his heart sank. So many of the words seemed difficult, and he wasn’t really sure how to spell most of them. Softly the enemy whispered, “Look at Jane’s paper; she’s an honor student and always gets them right!”

Mark hesitated, but desperate to make a …

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Sharon Jaynes

You Are a Reflection of God’s Glory

Today’s Truth

Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth – everyone who is called by my name whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made, (Isaiah 43:6-7 NIV).

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Have you ever wondered why you were created? You were created for God’s glory and to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7), because it pleased Him to do so (Ephesians 1:5). The concept of glory can be a difficult concept to wrap our human minds around. It seems so otherworldly. We can catch glimpses of its meaning throughout Scripture, but then …

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