Devotions Archive

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Gwen Smith

Don’t Miss the Beautiful

Today’s Truth

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2a, NIV)

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A few years ago I was invited to speak and sing in Tennessee at a women’s event and, to my delight, my daughter Kennedy was able to join me. The two of us are all about “mommy-daughter time” so we were giddy with happy as we started off on the three and a half hour drive.

Prior to the trip, I had given Kennedy permission to use my iPad to watch a movie. So once we hit the …

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Mary Southerland

The Secret Santa List

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 write a dollar amount – a limit for how much money I will spend on that gift – and whole-heartedly declare not to spend one penny more.

Somehow, the amount I actually spend rarely coincides with the amount I intended …

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Sharon Jaynes

Do you want to get well?

Today’s Truth

“Do you want to get well?…Get up! Pick up your mat and walk” (John 5:6,8).

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Sometimes the chains we wear shackled to our hearts become so comfortable, we get used to the pain and forget what it is like to be well. Perhaps some of us have never known. But the big question is—do you want to get well? Do you want to be free? Of course I do, I hear you say. But do you really?           

There was a certain man that Jesus encountered who faced the same crossroads in his …

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Gwen Smith

Dots and Circles

Today’s Truth

He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30, ESV)

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I once listened to a talk on the foundations of contemporary discipleship given by scholar and apologist Ravi Zacharias. Toward the end of his lecture, Ravi spoke of a conversation he had with a former Muslim who had become a Christian. The gentleman humbly explained to Mr. Zacharias that there is a compelling contrast between the way he was taught as a Muslim to view faith and the way he sees faith being perceived in the lives of many Christians.

He drew a circle and …

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Sharon Jaynes

Replace “Trying Harder” with “Loving More”

Today’s Truth

If we confess our sins, he (Jesus) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9, parentheses added).

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Two of Satan’s greatest weapons against Christian women today are shame and condemnation. He knows that because of the finished work of Jesus Christ and His work of redemption in your life, you are deeply loved, completely forgiven, thoroughly cleansed, eternally saved, fully pleasing, and totally accepted by God. All he can do is try and convince you it isn’t true. He can do nothing to …

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Gwen Smith

Shattered Matters

Today’s Truth

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

(2 Corinthians 4:7-9)

Friend to Friend

I’ve been through hard times. I’ve asked the question why on many occasions. I’ve begrudgingly said goodbye to family and friends in order to say hello to strangers and scary new places. I know the matter of being shattered.

There was a season when Brad and …

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Mary Southerland

Make Room for Jesus

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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I make room for things that are important to me.

I eat two or three meals every day and sleep several hours each night no matter how long my “to do” list is.

I will choose to play with a grandchild over cleaning the house any day of the week.

I manage to find a place for that great piece of furniture I don’t really need – but really like. After all, it was on sale.

I will …

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Sharon Jaynes

Does God Feel at Home in Your Heart?

Today’s Truth

They neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened (Romans 1:21 NIV).

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I love November and the American tradition of Thanksgiving. But in reality, every day should be Thanksgiving.

Gratitude is the most effective way to deepen your consciousness to the fact that you are the object of God’s affection and love. Giving thanks awakens your senses to see God, to hear God, to taste and see that He is good. When you feel far from God, praise will bring you …

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Mary Southerland

Choose Praise

Today’s Truth

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV).

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Our grandson Justus participated in his first 3K race last month. Justus is five years old. I am in awe of him at this point in life for many reasons, but running a 3K? Wow!

Our daughter Danna and her husband Sam were running the race for a local charity and Justus wanted to run the race with them. Danna and Sam were skeptical.

“Son, there is a special race for all of the kids. Don’t …

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Sharon Jaynes

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Today’s Truth

In Him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28 NIV).

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Don’t get mad at me. We’re going to look at Ephesians 3 and God’s love for us one more time!

Paul wanted that love relationship for himself, and he wanted it for you. Let’s read it again. Third time’s the charm.

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that …

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