Devotions Archive

Friday Friend
Friday Friend

Not Abandoned in Aisle 3

We hope you are enjoying the Girlfriends in God daily devotions. We (Mary, Sharon, and Gwen) would like to introduce you to some of our special friends. From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry. We call them our “Friday Friends.” So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our “Friday Friend,” Arlene Pellicane.

Today’s Truth

Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? (Psalm 10:1, NIV).

Friend to Friend

When my son Ethan was two, we lost him. On …

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sharon
Sharon Jaynes

Drop the Façade

Today’s Truth

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1 NIV).

Friend to Friend

Tradition tells of a time in 1787 when the Empress Catherine II made a visit to a recent conquest—the Russian Crimea. In order to impress the Empress, Russian minister Potemkin erected fake villages along the desolate banks of the Dnieper River. Façades of settlements were erected far enough away from the riverbank so that the monarch and her traveling party could not tell that they were only …

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Mary Southerland

Broken

Today’s Truth

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise (Psalm 51:17, NIV).

Friend to Friend

He was a friend … a pastor visiting my husband and me for a few days. He had come for help and advice because his wife was broken – a statement that made me just a tad bit angry for some reason. I didn’t really know why it made me angry, but it did.

“John, what did you mean when you said your wife is broken?” I asked. His eyes filled with tears as …

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gwen
Gwen Smith

Healer of the Broken

Today’s Truth

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3)

Friend To Friend

I love my girlfriends. I love doing life with friends who “get me.” I love having tangles of conversations over hot coffee that are stranded together with light-hearted laughter, rich revelations, loads of love, treasures of time, and gobs of grace.

Though sharing beautiful life-moments is always fun, some of the most powerful blessings of friendship for me have been found in broken places. In the trenches. Those places where our troubles and fears scream loudly and long to be quieted by the understanding …

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mary
Mary Southerland

He Has Risen!

Today’s Truth

He is not here; He has risen! (Luke 24:6, NIV).

Friend to Friend

The boys and girls in Mrs. Stephens’ fourth grade Sunday school class entered the room and quickly found their seats. The girls were dressed in frills and lace and were chatting excitedly about the candy-filled baskets they had received that morning. The boys pulled at the unfamiliar ties around their necks and quickly discarded the sports coats they had obviously been forced to wear. The room was filled with excitement – for good reason. It was Easter Sunday.

Mrs. Stephens wanted to help her students …

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Gwen Smith

Once and For All

Today’s Truth

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)

Friend to Friend

All who pause for reflection and allow their hearts to wander in wonder down the Way of Suffering feel the darkness of this day in history. Good Friday was anything but good – yet, because of God’s unsearchable love for you and me, it was the pathway to our hope, to our forgiveness… and to eternal life.

Injustice took center stage that day as …

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Sharon Jaynes

The Beauty of the 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).

Friend to Friend

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
Mary Southerland

Just Cool It!

Today’s Truth

I pondered them in my mind (Nehemiah 5:7)

Friend to Friend

We all have to deal with anger. One of the first steps in dealing with our anger – God’s way – is admitting that we are angry. That sounds so simple. It isn’t.

Instead of admitting that we are angry, we explain that we are just upset. We are not angry. Really! We are just frustrated. My personal favorite is that while I may look and sound angry, what I really am is exhausted and tired. Why is it so hard to admit that we are just …

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Mary Southerland

The Mad Board

Today’s Truth

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires (James 1:19-20, NIV).

Friend to Friend

Learning to control anger is a crucial life lesson – one that we need to master and pass on to our children. Up until my young adult years, I had a huge temper. It took very little to make me furious. In moments of anger, I would slam doors, hurl various objects across the room and yell … a lot! I don’t remember anyone telling …

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sharon
Sharon Jaynes

How to Make God’s Deepest Truths Truly Yours

Today’s Truth

Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams (1 Samuel 15:22 NLV).

Friend to Friends

Today I was pondering a quote by Oswald Chambers that I have dog-eared from October 10 in his book My Utmost for His Highest. It is one that I go back to time and time again. I wonder if it will resonate with you.

All of God’s revealed truths are sealed until they are opened to us through obedience. You will never open them through philosophy or thinking. But once you obey, a flash …

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